Anne Elliott's photos

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08 Sep 2005

159 visits

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar

I hadn't seen one of these "Yellow Woolly Bear" caterpillars for maybe 20-25 years, so was delighted when I spotted this one. These caterpillars grow to about 4 cm long. The first caterpillars are out by early August and last well into September. This species over-winters as pupae and, in Alberta, the very drab adults are flying in June and July.

08 Sep 2005

95 visits

Painted Lady Butterfly

Last summer (2005), Calgary had an invasion of Painted Lady butterflies, which happens every 10 years or so. Australia and Antarctica are the only continents that Painted Ladies do not live on.

30 Jun 2006

144 visits

White Admiral Butterfly

The White Admiral is a large butterfly that can be found across Alberta from mid to late June and into summer. Sometimes, a small second generation appears in late August. They can be found along wooded roadsides and in clearings.

30 Jun 2006

105 visits

Fritillary Butterfly

01 Nov 2004

102 visits

White-breasted Nuthatch

This was a special occasion just to let my daughter experience having a bird fly down to her hand.

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26 Oct 2004

106 visits

Black-capped Chickadee

This is a favourite little bird in Alberta and it is found at garden birdfeeders as well as in woodlands. This one was down in one of my local parks. It is a very humbling experience to have them fly down to one's outstretched hand. They are such a welcome sight during the long winter months when there are far fewer things to see.

18 Jul 2006

91 visits

Baby Barn Swallows

12 May 2006

144 visits

Young Great Horned Owl

Watched as this baby Great Horned Owl practiced its flying down in the Weaselhead natural area. Both adults were perched in nearby trees. Just the cutest thing!

14 Aug 2005

116 visits

Female Gadwall

Came across two young people from Ducks Unlimited who were catching, banding and releasing ducks at Frank Lake, south of Calgary. They willingly picked up and held several different species, resulting in a chance to take some close-ups!