Spring Grizzly

Spring Grizzly

This male grizzly had some injuries to his right ear and head. I suspect he has been fighting with another male. This bear was not in good spirit at all as you may be able to tell from his expression and posture.

Grizzly Pair

Grizzly Pair

Mallard

Mallard

The quintessential dabbling duck, quacking of course.

Barrow's Goldeneye

Barrow's Goldeneye

The head posture is all part of the male’s courting display.

Common Merganser

Common Merganser

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

On The Beaver Pond

Two mallard drakes feeding at last light.

Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teal

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!

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal

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.

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal

Yellowlegs Pair

Yellowlegs Pair

I spent a lovely couple of hours watching these birds forage along the outflow of a local lake.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

I love getting down at eye level to photograph birds.

American Cliff Swallow

American Cliff Swallow

Early May in Alberta, Cliff Swallows were gathering mud for their nests.

Cougar

Cougar

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!

Bank Shot

Bank Shot

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

Rippin' It Up

Trees, the ground, you name it...bull elk in rut want to mark it and beat it to a pulp. 

Antlers

Antlers

Mom Grizzly and Cubs taking a Bath

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

Looking For Adventure

After a quick dip in a pond the cubs had things to do and places to be.

Barrel Racer

Barrel Racer

This bull in rut was making some cutting horse type turns to gather up his harem.

Osprey

Osprey

Nesting Material

Nesting Material

Osprey comes in with some twigs for a nest. 

Osprey

Osprey

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. 

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey Interaction

Osprey Interaction

Forest Denizen

Forest Denizen

Waste Not Want Not

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. 

3 Bears

3 Bears

Mom and her two cubs were enjoying the cool waters of the Athabasca River on a hot July day. 

Swainson's Hawk

Swainson's Hawk

Occasionally I get away to visit the prairies in the summer and have a chance to see these handsome birds. 

Red Barns

Red Barns

Horned Lark

Horned Lark

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

Rock Looks Up at the Moon

High Key Mallard Hen

High Key Mallard Hen

Hoary Marmot Portrait

Hoary Marmot Portrait

Generation Gap

Generation Gap

I thought it was comical that the young marmots seemed to have different interests than their parent; sound familiar.

Marmot Chillin'

Marmot Chillin'

Redtail Flyby

Redtail Flyby

Immature Baldie

Immature Baldie

There was a carcass nearby of course. 

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan

I would have preferred this swan flying into the frame rather than out, but still works for me. 

Lunar

Lunar

The moon will be going 'round the earth long after we are gone.

Fencepost Feline

Fencepost Feline

Not wildlife but he was hunting!

R.I.P.

R.I.P.

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

Bald Eagle and Fish

Red Skiff

Red Skiff

Wily Coyote

Wily Coyote

The intelligence of these animals is palpable when they have you in their gaze. 

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Their name says it all.

Content

Content

This young grizzly acted like he had hit the jackpot as he chewed away at the remnants of this moose. 

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal

BC on Fire

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. 

Aquarians

Aquarians

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. 

The Forest

The Forest

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf 2

Lone Wolf 2

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Spotlight On the Bald Eagle

Spotlight On the Bald Eagle

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse

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.

 

Wolves

Wolves

Wary Wolf

Wary Wolf

Lone Pine

Lone Pine

I look forward to the first snowfall,  I like how it transforms the landscape and simplifies compositions.

Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest

Out of the Dark and Into the Light

Out of the Dark and Into the Light

Freshly Plowed Lane

Freshly Plowed Lane

Waiting for Spring

Waiting for Spring

Moose in the Valley

Moose in the Valley

Canadiana

Canadiana

Thanks, Just Browsing

Thanks, Just Browsing

Ridge Runner

Ridge Runner

Snow Cruiser

Snow Cruiser

Long Shadows/Fast Pace

Long Shadows/Fast Pace