Sunday, 19 July 2015

Eared Grebe, Ruddy, Mountain Chickadee (20150429) A trip with Len before we head out east

With our impending departure from Calgary schedule for May 1, Len and I had to get out for one last "western" run. The area we selected was the "ranch", perhaps my all time favourite tracks. Over the past couple of years I have had many highly successful trips out to that area, with many different people.
In a spot where I have shot old Grey for 4.5 years we spotted this pair of moose, unfortunately I haven't seen old Grey for about 18 months.
I was hoping to get Len a drumming grouse. When we got into Jackson's area we took a little walk and heard one bird drumming. I took a peak and found this bird on the same tree root I had found him a little earlier in the year. Usually these birds drum on a dead fallen log, so to find one drumming on a living root was a unique experience.
The lowlight due to clouds and threatening rain some times allows us better images thatreally bright sunlight. I find the glossy nature of tree swallows to be difficult in bright sun, but in this dimmer light I think this is an acceptable shot.
Next up for us was a little time with this Mountain Chickadee.
When we did get a little sun there were few subjects around, but we did find this red squirrel, always a treat in some light.
This Golden-crowned Kinglet would rarely pop out into the sun, so we had to settle for a half lit shot.
My last post included a male Mountain Bluebird, and I have always liked the looks of the female just as much. Here is one from the day.
On the way home we found a couple of beautiful birds like this Ruddy duck. The blue bill on these drakes are always pleasing to see.
I'll wrap up this post with an bird that is always tough to get a good image of; the Eared grebe.
Another highly successful trip out to the Ranch. Len and I both had a great time.
What a great final track, I look forward to the time that I can return and visit many of these haunts once again.  Turbo

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