Mountain Bluebird

Birds of Alberta 11

Among Anne Elliott's albums



Mountain Bluebird

Last year, on 6 June 2015, my place was beginning to get uncomfortably warm inside. That meant I needed air-conditioning and the only place to find it was in my car. So, off I went along the backroads SW of the city. I wasn't expecting to see anything different, but there were certain birds that I was certain I would see - birds that I really enjoy photographing. This drive is just a fairly short drive and fits nicely into an afternoon or early evening. So far, this year, I have only seen a handful of…

Eurasian Collared-Dove / Streptopelia decaocto

All three photos posted this morning were taken yesterday, 16 April 2016, during a most enjoyable day trip east of Calgary, with five birding friends. The weather was gorgeous, with perfect clouds that were reflected in every pond/slough/wetland that we came across before the breeze disturbed the water. Our leader, Terry Korolyk, always writes such a detailed account of each trip, so there is no point in my repeating some of the information. Many thanks for another great day (including the write-up), Terry…

Rare LEUCISTIC Merlin enjoying a snack

TAX TIME - has everyone got their Taxes done? Running out of time, so I had no choice but to stay home and start working on mine today, in a bit of a panic .... sigh. All three photos posted this morning were taken yesterday, 16 April 2016, during a most enjoyable day trip east of Calgary, with five birding friends. The weather was gorgeous, with perfect clouds that were reflected in every pond/slough/wetland that we came across before the breeze disturbed the water. Our leader, Terry Korolyk, always wri…

Western Meadowlark, a bird with a beautiful song

Five birding friends and I had a most enjoyable day trip east of Calgary two days ago, on 16 April 2016. The weather was gorgeous, with perfect clouds that were reflected in every pond/slough/wetland that we came across before the breeze disturbed the water. I think the main highlights for me were a Western Meadowlark that flew to a tall post just about within camera reach (taken at 48x zoom, Focal Length (35mm format) - 1200 mm); a mixed pair of Red-tailed Hawks (one light and the other dark) perched t…

Showing off his fine feathers

Amazing, our temperature yesterday, 19 April 2016, got up to 27C! We have been having summer weather and it's only spring. The temperature in Calgary climbed high enough yesterday to top a century-old weather record. "According to Environment Canada, the previous record high for Calgary on April 19 was recorded at the Calgary International Airport in 1910 when it was 26.7 C. Calgary had tied that record by 2 p.m. and beat it at around 5 p.m. by reaching 27.5 C." globalnews.ca/news/2647710/calgary-poise…

Raindrops on the back of a Canada Goose

This photo was taken yesterday morning, 14 April 2016, when I was on a walk with friends in Carburn Park. I almost didn't bother to go on this walk, as it was such a gloomy, overcast morning, along with an occasional bit of light drizzle. I love to see water droplets on a bird's feathers, and this Canada Goose was close enough for a photo in the drizzle. Ducks and Geese preen and rub oil from a gland at the base of their tail all over their feathers. Water really does "roll off a duck's (Goose's) back",…

Great Gray Owl from 2012

This is a Great Gray Owl, seen NW of Calgary, way back on 25 May 2012. Made a great sighting on my birthday! Love it when these huge owls land on a variety of perches - some photogenic, others not. This was more or less a black silhouette in my original photo, but some brightening (perhaps not quite enough) brought out - an owl with feathers : ) In the link to Wikipedia below, there is an interesting diagram showing just how much of this bulk is skeleton and how much is thick plumage. en.wikipedia.org…

Black-capped Chickadee on Judy's hand

This photo was taken yesterday morning, 14 April 2016, when I was on a walk with friends in Carburn Park. Judy, i hope you see this photo of a little Black-capped Chickadee with a sunflower seed in its bill. It wasn't being very cooperative, lol, which is why it has its back turned towards me. Better than nothing, though. I almost didn't bother to go on this walk, as it was such a gloomy, overcast day, along with an occasional bit of light drizzle. "The Black-capped Chickadee is notable for its capacit…

Typical pose of a White-breasted Nuthatch

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