Anne Elliott's photos with the avian

Swainson's Hawk / Buteo swainsoni

Swainson's Hawk / Buteo swainsoni
On 21 August 2018, it turned out to be such a great day, with some much-appreciated sightings. I must have spent about 8 or 9 hours driving and almost every inch of my body ached like crazy. Now, each summer, I try and do two or three longer (for me) dr…
Added on September 16, 2018

American Avocets

American Avocets
"The American Avocet takes elegance to a new level. This long-legged wader glides through shallow waters swishing its slender, upturned bill from side to side to catch aquatic invertebrates. It dons a sophisticated look for summer with a black-and-white b…
Added on September 16, 2018

Common Nighthawk / Chordeiles minor - threatened species

Common Nighthawk / Chordeiles minor - threatened species
On 21 August 2018, it turned out to be such a great day, with some much-appreciated sightings. I must have spent about 8 or 9 hours driving and almost every inch of my body ached like crazy at the end of it. Now, each summer, I try and do two or three l…
Added on September 15, 2018

Sleepy Barn Owl

Sleepy Barn Owl
To me, these owls always look as if their face has been sewn up, right down the centre. Such strange looking birds.

This particular Barn Owl resides at the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale, southern Alberta. We do not get Barn Owls in the wild…
Added on September 15, 2018

Wood Duck male / Aix sponsa

Wood Duck male / Aix sponsa
So, what happened to autumn??? We seem to have jumped straight from summer to winter! Yesterday evening, 13 September 2018, I was out at a meeting with friends and, when it was over and we looked outside, all the cars were covered in SNOW! Our temperat…
Added on September 14, 2018

How dare you take a photo of me looking like this?

How dare you take a photo of me looking like this?
My thoughts are with all those living on the east coast and inland, who are facing or about to face the force of Hurricane Florence.

What a relief to wake up (very late) this morning and discover that the forecast overnight snow flurries did not arrive h…
Added on September 13, 2018

Wood Duck male / Aix sponsa

Wood Duck male / Aix sponsa
SEPTEMBER 11th - NEVER FORGET.

It was a fairly quiet afternoon at Carburn Park the day before yesterday, 9 September 2018. Only 26 species of bird were seen, compared to the groups who went on the morning walk and saw 60 bird species. As usual, morning…
Added on September 11, 2018

American Avocets / Recurvirostra americana

American Avocets / Recurvirostra americana
"The American Avocet takes elegance to a new level. This long-legged wader glides through shallow waters swishing its slender, upturned bill from side to side to catch aquatic invertebrates. It dons a sophisticated look for summer with a black-and-white b…
Added on September  8, 2018

Black-necked Stilt (juvenile?) / Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt (juvenile?) / Himantopus mexicanus
This youngster (?) had a quick leg and wing stretch before lying down and making itself comfortable. I was quite amused to see it bending its 'knees' (or is it "heels"?) in the process.

Yesterday, 6 September 2018, turned out to be a much longer day tha…
Added on September  7, 2018

I LOVE owls - in case you didn't know : )

I LOVE owls - in case you didn't know : )
On the spur of the moment tonight, I decided that I might just try and get up early tomorrow morning and go for a drive. The smoke from the British Columbia wildfires hasn't been hanging around the last few days, so I really should make the most of a cle…
Added on September  6, 2018