Anne Elliott's photos with the ornithology

Popcan-sized Northern Pygmy-owl, from January 2015

Popcan-sized Northern Pygmy-owl, from January 2015
This photo caught my eye last night, when I was looking in one of my photo folders of images to maybe post to Flickr. One of these owls is being occasionally seen in Fish Creek Park at the moment, too.

Almost three years ago, on 14 January 2015, I calle…
Added on November 19, 2017

Canada Geese on ice at Pine Coulee Reservoir

Canada Geese on ice at Pine Coulee Reservoir
This photo was taken on a trip to Pine Coulee Reservoir a week ago, on 12 November 2017. A group of eight of us went S and SE of the city on a birding trip to one of my favourite areas. This included Pine Coulee Reservoir, Clear Lake and the Twin Valley…
Added on November 19, 2017

Swainson's Hawk juvenile

Swainson's Hawk juvenile
Another photo of the juvenile Swainson's Hawk, taken on 25 August 2017, when I at last did a long-overdue drive east of the city. This is my least favourite direction in which to drive from the city and I have to say it stresses me out so much. Once I r…
Added on November 18, 2017

Barn Owl

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 November 17, 2017

Common Redpolls / Acanthis flammea

Common Redpolls / Acanthis flammea
"As energetic as their electric zapping call notes would suggest, Common Redpolls are active foragers that travel in busy flocks. Look for them feeding on catkins in birch trees or visiting feeders in winter. These small finches of the arctic tundra and b…
Added on November 15, 2017

One of a pair

One of a pair
A new Great Horned Owl for me yesterday and one the previous day (in Fish Creek Park). Lucky me! The one in this photo was seen at one of our stops yesterday. A second owl was perched just above this one, but was half hidden by branches. I had seen Gr…
Added on November 13, 2017

Shadows

Shadows
I did start typing a description early this morning, but must have got distracted by something, and I lost the description. I was in such a hurry, as I overslept by 45 minutes and I was going to meet a few friend for a day trip S and SE of Calgary. What…
Added on November 12, 2017

Couple of Coots / Fulica americana

Couple of Coots / Fulica americana
In the afternoon of 12 September 2017, I just needed a short break from watching TV footage of all the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in south-east U.S.. Decided to dash down to a wetland in SW Calgary, hoping to see a few birds. Half…
Added on November 12, 2017

American Tree Sparrow / Spizelloides arborea

American Tree Sparrow / Spizelloides arborea
"Plump and long-tailed, American Tree Sparrows are busy visitors in winter backyards and weedy, snow-covered fields across southern Canada and the northern United States. Hopping up at bent weeds or even beating their wings to dislodge seeds from grass he…
Added on November 11, 2017

Yesterday's absolute treat - the size of your fist!

Yesterday's absolute treat - the size of your fist!
Such an awful quality image, taken in really bad light and in the woods, and close to being a black silhouette - but still so cute and precious. I rescued it the best I could, but thank goodness I have an album full of much better photos of Northern Pygm…
Added on November 10, 2017