Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 01/27/2014


Photo taken on January 25, 2014


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Resting on a pylon

Resting on a pylon
The day before yesterday (25 January 2014), I spent an amazing day with friends Cathy and Terry, south of Calgary. I had found an e-mail on my computer around 12:45 a.m., just as I was about to turn off my computer for the night. Did I want to go birding tomorrow and, if so, to meet at 8:00 a.m.? A full day of excitement and enjoyment left me tired out, but so happy. I had been missing being out and taking photos, feeling lethargic and extremely tired, so this invite was welcomed with open arms. The crazy weather soared to a balmy 11C, though a lot of the day was colder, with a strong wind! Along one of the roads, we came across this Rough-legged Hawk (?) that was perched on one of the huge power pylons.

Can you believe that we saw 17 owls? SEVENTEEN! I didn't photograph quite every single one, but my friends will let me know exactly how many of each owl we found, once they've gone through their photos. It was something like 10 Snowy Owls and 7 Great Horned Owls. The closest Snowy Owl was seen when it was early evening and the light had gone, and my photos are all blurry. The other owls were little more than a tiny speck in the far, far distance, but I still managed to get some kind of shot of some of them, using 48x zoom plus cropping. Perhaps I should add that maybe 16 of the owls that were seen would never have been seen by less experienced birders (and I include myself in that category!). My friends have brilliant eyes when it comes to spotting owls! Just left me shaking my head each time they found one! I'm not too bad at finding owls, but not at that distance!

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Cats 99
Cats 99
A super sighting! I haven't even seen any hawks or eagles around this winter, now that I think about it. Usually there are a few around... I love the bokeh in this shot, and it almost feels like we are up there alongside that hawk as well. It's quite interesting how sometimes zoom will do that to a photo - that is, make us feel like we are up high too.
3 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Great sighting and capture of this Rough-legged Anne ... Nature abounds only when you go out and look for it ... well, all except my backyard ... they come to me ... LOL
3 years ago.