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Blue -Eyed  Black - billed Magpie

I did not know the Black-billed Magpie had a blue eye.


The light was perfect for this portrait of this Magpie. When I started to post process I noticed this beatiful blue eye on this Magpie.


I don't know if this is the case for all Magpies. I cannot find any info in the bird books,


Nikon D 500 with a 200 - 500mm lens

Female Buffelhead

It is that time of the year when the more northerly ducks are comming south for the winter. 


Although, we see the Buffelhad in the summer here in Calgary we don't see the large numbers untill the lakes and ponds freeze up up north.


The Buffelhead can be misidentified and mistaken for the female Goldeneye or the female Barrow's Goldeneye. The difference for ID purposes is the oval white spot behind the eye.


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Nikon D 500 with a 200 - 500mm lens, handheld.



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Now the ponds and sloughs are frozen the ducks and remaining seagulls are in the Bow River here in Calgary.


The Rough-Legged Hawks have made their return from the Arctic. They are easy to photograph if the approach is slow and care-full.


Al photos taken with Nikon D 500 with a 200 - 500mm Lens handheld.

Juvenile Tundra Swan

Every once in a while a Juvenile Tundra Swan is seen in the Bow River here in Calgary. 


I have seen another swan in almost the same spot a couple of years ago. The swan does not seem to be hurt, looks like he is feeding. 


He may have got lost or stayed around to take in the fall sunshine.


Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.