The quintessential dabbling duck, quacking of course.
The head posture is all part of the male’s courting display.
When editing my wildlife images I try to ensure that the colours remain real and believable. The orange feet of this bird look a bit oversaturated, but they are actually that orange!
On The Beaver Pond
Two mallard drakes feeding at last light.
I spotted some ducks on an ephemeral pond near Hinton in May. I quietly positioned myself near the pond with my lens on a tripod and enjoyed the sun and waited for the ducks to become comfortable with my presence. Slowly they came out of the reeds and gave me some opportunities to photograph them. Great way to spend time in nature!
This small duck is a fast and agile flyer. Fortunately he was content to continue feeding in the shallows of Gregg Lake while I crept in close for this photo.
I spent a lovely couple of hours watching these birds forage along the outflow of a local lake.
I love getting down at eye level to photograph birds.
American Cliff Swallow
Early May in Alberta, Cliff Swallows were gathering mud for their nests.
You can visit my Blog entry of April 21, 2018 to read about my encounter with this cougar. Atmospheric conditions were tricky the morning I took this photo, snow with ice crystals and fog!
The contrast coloration of this eagle against the distant background made for an easy target for my Nikon D500's great autofocus system. I'll take a little credit for having the camera/lens ready when the opportunity suddenly appeared.
Rippin' It Up
Trees, the ground, you name it...bull elk in rut want to mark it and beat it to a pulp.
Mom Grizzly and Cubs taking a Bath
I had the good fortune to photograph this family stop to take a quick dip in this back channel of the Athabasca River.
Looking For Adventure
After a quick dip in a pond the cubs had things to do and places to be.
This bull in rut was making some cutting horse type turns to gather up his harem.
Osprey comes in with some twigs for a nest.
Many non-birders seem to confuse this large fish eating raptor with the Bald Eagle. They are often present together in my experience here in the foothills of the Rockies.
Waste Not Want Not
This grizzly and her cubs entertained many visitors to Jasper National Park in the summer of 2017 when they fed on the carcass of an elk in the Athabasca River. I think we should learn from how this mother bear is working so hard to salvage every bit of food from the unfortunate elk's body to sustain her little family.
Mom and her two cubs were enjoying the cool waters of the Athabasca River on a hot July day.
Occasionally I get away to visit the prairies in the summer and have a chance to see these handsome birds.
When I was a child I remember my mom telling me how much she liked seeing Horned Larks. I didn't understand what a "Horned Lark" was, but I understand now her love for these understated birds of the prairies.
Rock Looks Up at the Moon
High Key Mallard Hen
Hoary Marmot Portrait
I thought it was comical that the young marmots seemed to have different interests than their parent; sound familiar.
There was a carcass nearby of course.
I would have preferred this swan flying into the frame rather than out, but still works for me.
The moon will be going 'round the earth long after we are gone.
Not wildlife but he was hunting!
I saw this beautiful Great Grey several times hunting in the same place along a highway outside Hinton in the fall and winter of 2017. The last time I saw him, it was just his dead body in a snow drift at the side of the road - hit by a vehicle. Depressing.
Bald Eagle and Fish
The intelligence of these animals is palpable when they have you in their gaze.
Their name says it all.
This young grizzly acted like he had hit the jackpot as he chewed away at the remnants of this moose.
BC on Fire
The summer of 2017 was a disastrous forest fire season for interior BC. The smoke blanketed western Alberta for what seemed like most of the summer. This photo shows the atmospheric effects of the smoke in the sky towards evening.
These deer were having a great time wading in and out of the Athabasca River. I was a bit surprised to see them so attracted to the swift flowing water.
Lone Wolf 2
Spotlight On the Bald Eagle
I had been slogging along in knee deep wet snow and wondering "why"? I had not seen a single living thing all day, Suddenly, this grouse presented itself and made my day. The photo turned out not too bad as well.
I look forward to the first snowfall, I like how it transforms the landscape and simplifies compositions.