It has been a while since I added to my story. My adventures have been fewer this year due to a new position with Cochrane Tourism! I did have some amazing adventures, so thought I would share a review of the year and the amazing nature I was able to capture!
It was a good year for owls – Great Grays, Great Horned, Snowy:
Lots of eagles – including three eaglets this year that all survived and grew up so fast:
Hawks were abundant, this one being my favorite:
Ospreys as usual, so many great pictures this year, with these 2 top picks:
Top pick for songbirds include:
We had a new fawn in the backyard again this year:
Favorite captures with antlers/horns:
The Alberta wild horses:
A few other favorite birds from this year:
And my favorite baby shot of the year:
I hope you enjoy the review! Looking forward to capturing more amazing nature in my backyard in 2019!
I had to hit a few bird spots and had a fabulous couple days photographing at Famousa Slough…a wetland in the middle of a residential area. It was filled with Snowy egrets, black-crowned night herons, blue herons, pelicans, starlings…
…and to my surprise and delight a couple young osprey….I knew their call well! I sat and watched them learn to fish for their lunch as I enjoyed mine. READY… SET… GO!!!!Another adventure was a trip to La Jolla, famous for the sea lions and they didn’t disappoint…
…and another day, took a long walk along the mouth of the San Diego river to see more birds and a few reptiles…
There were so many places…I need to go back and explore some more!! A little outside my normal one hour distance, but had to share the highlights of my trip down south…
Our young Osprey has been out practicing. One day on the way home, I spotted her on the top of the Church…just a short distance from the nest. It was a beautiful blue sky behind her and I watched the young one prepping for flight. First a tapping and flexing of her claws…Then she did these head bobs…back and forth…and with each head bob she would move her body in different directions…I am thinking to see how everything worked together…
She had an itch…check out the size of those claws!!..and finally she was ready to launch….She was tentative and almost had a look of fear as she left her perch on the top of the cross…probably saying a little prayer as she took off…
but a few pumps later, she was soaring…
I kept watching as she flew down to the river… she would drop a wing and veer towards the ground…perhaps practicing what she was doing on the top of the cross…or maybe it was how she was taught to fish…either way it was fascinating to watch!! When she was taking off…I too said a little prayer…wanting her to have a successful flight so she is prepared to head off south for the winter…
Young Osprey at the Cochrane Toyota nest
Several “Nature in My Backyard” pieces are on display at the Final Touch Studio Gallery in Cochrane, Alberta…
8 x 8 Baby Wren Metallic Finish Canvas Rustic Wood Frame
8 x 10 Mountain Bluebird Canvas Lustre Finish Rustic Wood Frame
…along with the current “Nature in My Backyard” Card Collections!
Seasonal Favorites – 4 Card Set $25.00
Close to Home – 5 Card Set $30.00
Backyard Birds – 5 Card Set $30.00
This Saturday, August 12, 2017, the “Nature in my Backyard” series of cards(above)…
…prints and framed art will be displayed during the upcoming Art Walk at the Cochrane clubhouse! Canvas framed in rustic wood, prints framed in various sizes and card collections are available for viewing/sale….
This event posted on the upcoming events page, will run on the second Saturday of each month (August, September and October) from 9:30 – 1:00 pm in conjunction with the Cochrane Farmers Market. Come by, say hello and check out the new photography from my recent “Nature in My Backyard” adventures!!
We are fortunate to live on the beautiful Bow River here in Cochrane! There is always activity on the river …Osprey sitting in trees looking for fish… and then diving in for the catch…
Songbirds hanging out in the same trees……dropping down to the river to take a bath…
then drying off…
…watched by me and this Brewer’s Blackbird female……admiring the courage to take a dip in the very cold river…my kayak is still in the garage…it will probably be another month before I will take the plunge!!
What a great week! So many new things to see…starting with the promised picture of Kate, the returning Osprey! The pair has been very busy at the nest (if you know what I mean)…A few birds that I have not had the privilege to see in the Cochrane area before…(although I am sure they were always here, but it was before I was looking)
Western Meadowlark spotted on our Camera Club Outing
What an amazing song!!
Eurasian-collared Dove on Township Rd 280
Coot at Lochend Lake
Dark-eyed Junco at Paddy Flat’s
The Tree Swallows have returned and they are getting settled in as neighbours to the Mountain Bluebirds…both were spotted on our Camera Club Outing this past Saturday on one of the detours (previous blog) I added to our trip!! (everyone was very excited!!)
The hawks have returned to the area…there are so many soaring everywhere you go these days!
…and the muskrat babies are venturing out on their own!!This week we have had snow the past 2 days….waiting for the sun and warm weather to return so the adventures can continue!!