The Bald Eagles have started to appear. The first one near Bottrell. We spotted ravens gathering around the gravel pit and suddenly among them, an eagle. It flew into a near by tree….….then came to check us out, flying right over head.# 2 – again with the ravens. It also flew off and watched from a nearby tree.# 3 – getting closer to town, just off Lochend Road, I spotted this beauty! So majestic!!
#4 – We watched a massive Bald Eagle circle the Nature Reserve from our deck and land in the large pine up on the ridge. I grabbed my camera and headed out the front door. It took off from the pine, soaring down to the flats, then started a gradual assent. Full wing span, right over my head. Moments of magnificence!!
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!!
The “Nature in my Backyard” series of cards, 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 of the following:
Mountain bluebirds, owls, moose, coyotes, northern flickers, wild Alberta horses, big horn sheep, osprey, baby wrens, golden eagle, finches and more..
Nest on the Bow
This event will run on the second Saturday of each month (July, 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!!
I visited the Eagles nest recently, and sadly the youngest eaglet is gone. This was the first time I witnessed both parents frequenting the nest…
….and the Eagle and hawk had a battle right over our heads…it was amazing to watch as the Eagle would soar around the trees gaining speed, flap to get to altitude calling a warning…then with talons out, attach the hawk in midair!
The battle was over in mere moments and both birds retreated out of sight! The oldest eaglet is growing quickly…already working on stretching out it wings! It is hard to believe that 50% of eaglets do not survive the first year. There will be many challenges still ahead for this young eaglet…
I had the pleasure of visiting the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation with the camera club recently. As stated on their website this is a “must-see” attraction….and it was an unforgettable wild experience. The Foundation offers visitor information and interaction through the following exhibits…. hawk walk, flight demonstrations, wildlife interactions, aviaries and more…
In the lobby when we arrived, we were introduced to 4 orphaned Great Horned Owlets…
The staff explained the different areas and events at the Foundation and then it was off to check things out!
Rehabilitating and releasing injured birds of prey back to the wild is one of the Foundation missions. Some birds, due to their injuries, become residents. The staff provide information and interaction to teach visitors about the birds.
Our first stop was the Hawk Walk…which probably showcased every type of owl and raptor…here are just a few!!
The flight demonstration we attended was with a 6 year old Bald Eagle…amazing, informative and breathtaking…they run every 90 minutes during the day…
After the demo, the visitors helped give Roosevelt a shower! He loved it and then enjoyed the heat as he dried out!!
There was another Bald Eagle…
…and a Golden Eagle…
Visitors learned about the Great Horned Owlets. If all goes well, these little fellows will be released back to the wild later this summer…
Offspring from the Foundations Burrowing Owl breeding program have been released in all four western provinces.Having had the privilege of seeing many of these “Birds of Prey” in the wild, brought comfort knowing that passionate individuals at the Foundation take care and rehabilitate injured raptors. (you can check out my raptor photos in the gallery) On our way out we met an injured Golden Eagle that was just dropped off. The calm and caring nature of the staff had this wild raptor calm and comfortable…which was truly unbelievable as it had a broken wing. If I lived closer to Coaldale, I would probably become a volunteer…what an amazing experience!