|My wife Barb with me at the Fairview Lookout |
overlooking Lake Lousie
I intended to do at least a couple of posts on winter birding but it has taken me quite a while to get some “postable” photos to accompany the text. I was finally ready a few days ago but had other priorities – mainly putting together a photo book of the 2012 Big Year I did with three friends. You can view the book at: http://www.blurb.ca/b/4006348-fur-and-feathers-500.My first outing of the year was to Fish Creek Provincial Park in south Calgary with Bob Storms. We walked 8 kilometres that day and there was a good selection of the common birds but the lighting wasn’t good for photography. A few days later, the lighting was good for photography but the temperature wasn’t too good for the photographer! Nevertheless, I went to Queen’s Park Cemetery found some photogenic birds.
|White-winged Crossbill (transitioning from juvenile plumage)|
Calgary birders usually make at least one winter trip to Exshaw to view Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches. Phil Cram and I made this trip on Jan. 12 arriving in Exshaw at sunrise. In the mountains, it takes some time for the sun to rise above the mountains and so we were there too early for any decent photos.
|Vermillion Lakes and Mount Rundle - note dipper on ice and photographer (not me) in foreground|
|Pine Grosbeaks - female on left, male on right|
|Evening Grosbeaks - male on left, female on right|