Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 01/27/2014


Photo taken on January 25, 2014


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Love Alberta

Love Alberta
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, late in the afternoon sun, we came across this row of grain storage shed and metal silos - such a classic Alberta sight, which I never tire of seeing.

Can you believe that we saw 17 owls that day? 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!

LeapFrog, Cats 99 have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
Colin
Colin
excellent shot , great light
3 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
Ah, look at that beautiful Alberta sky too! This is a classic indeed Anne! I quite like that little red granary - it seems to me like some of the wooden granaries are becoming more scarce in favour of these big steel (I think they're steel) round ones.
3 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
An active life is tiring ... but depending on what you are doing ... very rewarding. Today, we capture a distress Cygnet ... it had a chuck of ice growing on its wing tag ... about the size of two bricks ... we do not know what would have happened if this continue to accumulate ice?? It was captured and the ice removed ... cold and tiring, but a success result ... I am glad you saw so many owls ... we will see -20C tonight and tomorrow morning ... but should go up to -4C by Friday ...
3 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Lovely capture
3 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Beautiful light and colour.
3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Stunning winter landscape.
3 years ago.
Gareth L Evans
Gareth L Evans
this is great
3 years ago.