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Great Grey Owls

on March 28, 2013

It's been a while since I went searching for Great Grey owls and at this time of year they have already paired up and are sitting on eggs. This fellow was found sitting on a tree stump in a forest clearing but as you can see, in certainly light they are hard to spot since they are well camouflaged in their natural surroundings

Hungarian Partridge

on February 23, 2013

As the name suggests the bird was imported from Hungary and other parts of Europe. The first successful transplants were in Washington and California during late 1800's and early 1900. In 1908 Hungarian Partridge were introduced to Canada in southern Alberta and is credited with establishing huns in the great plains which is now their stronghold.

Snowy Owls .... again!

on January 22, 2013

I know, I know, not another bloody snowy owl !  This will likely be some of the last for a while.

I won't deny I enjoy taking them but I have over 45 GB of snowy owl pictures now. I have now reached a point with this subject that simply capturing an image is not the objective but finding more creative ways to do so. No doubt I have to cut back and reduce my inventory and clean out the junk that were once good ....and frankly I don't really need another snowy owl image,  ...until next time.   ;o(
 

Goshawks FINALLY!

on January 06, 2013

After some time on this quest I managed to locate and capture some cool images (for me anyway) of a nice male haggard Goshawk. Adding to my luck this day the weather was perfect at a balmy -9c and sunny day with good light in the woods. I must have done over 600 miles or nearly 1000km over the past several weeks trying to get these shots and in bitter -22c temperatures which is hard even for gloved hands when standing around waiting and holding onto a metal camera and lens. For once everything went to plan. Out of 1235 images taken about 731 are keepers. Here are a few for your viewing pleasure.

Mule Deer

on August 21, 2012

Mule deer are impressive looking animals and of all the big deer, they are perhaps the most approachable. They're also somewhat predictable, so I was able to set up on a trail these were using and managed to capture some unique shots.

Here's something unusual that I have been after for a while but not gotten around to reaching so far this summer. These white-tailed ptarmigan are found on higher elevations above the tree line out west in the Rocky Mountains. This one was about an hours drive west of my place and I have found them there before.

Ospreys

on August 13, 2012

Ospreys are unique avian predators that feed almost exclusively on fish. I've personally had this desire to capture an image of an Osprey flying with fish in its feet and today on my first attempt I had some success. 

Moose on the Loose

on August 08, 2012

There's not many places you can live where a short drive in one direction takes you to wooded Moose country and in the other wide open prairies with abundant game birds and open prairie wheat stubble as far as the eye can see. Calgary is one such place. 

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