Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 09/19/2014

Photo taken on September 18, 2014

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Anne Elliott
Common Raven
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Order: Passeriformes
W of Calgary
Elbow Falls Trail
Elbow Falls parking lot
Family: Corvidae
Panasonic DMC-FZ200
Highway 66
Corvus corax
Genus: Corvus

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Watching and waiting

Watching and waiting
The Common Ravens that are seen within the city are usually flying high overhead or perched right at the top of very tall trees, and I can't get photos of them. Once one is out in the mountains, these very intelligent birds have learned that where there are people, there is often food. Parking lots and pull-offs have become one of their favourite places to hang out, making it possible to get shots of them.

A couple of these large birds were down on the ground at the Elbow Falls parking area yesterday afternoon. This was the first time I had managed to get out there this year and, really on the spur of the moment, that's where I decided to go yesterday. The weather called for some sun and some cloud, which sounded good. After the two heavy snowfalls on 9 and 10 September, I wasn't sure what to expect before I reached the beginning of the mountains, but every bit of snow had disappeared. The furthest point of my drive was Forgetmenot Pond, one of my favourite places to go. This drive is the only one I will do on my own and it only takes about an hour to get from home to the Pond.

On the return drive, I called in at a place not far from the pond, where I have found a few mushrooms in previous years, and managed to find just a few that were in good enough condition to photograph. Other than that, I didn't see a whole lot during the few hours I was out. The scenery is spectacular and there were patches of trees that have turned yellow. Some of the trees looked as though their leaves were past their fall prime, and I came away wondering if I was a bit too early or a bit too late to see the best of the fall colours. The final place I called in at was Maclean Pond, but the light was fading somewhat and so I didn't feel like going far into the forest. I had just got back into my car when I happened to look up just in time to see a family of beautiful Bluejays not far from the parking lot. Managed to get a few shots, but distant and not as sharp as they should have been. A nice way to end the day, though.