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All photographs by David Lilly

Cute Red-Breasted Nuthatch

The Red-Breasted Nuthatch is a tough little bird. They survive the Canadian winters no matter how cold it is. 

They are also fun to photograph. They defend their territory from the Chickadees and the White - breasted Nuthatch. They are hard to photograph as they very quick and sit for a fraction of a second.

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

Bathing Black-billed Magpie

We often wonder if birds take baths.

I have observed birds bathing on many occasions. Some birds such as the Magpie take baths even in the fridgid Canadian winter. 

Birds bath for the same reasons as humans- to keep clean. Some birds bath to get rid of parasites and other bugs.

The Magpie in the photos here look cold after it's bath.

Nikon D500 with a 200 500mm lens

Canada Geese Our Bird

Canada Geese may not be the most interesting birds to photograph, but they are our bird.

Now is a good time to photograph the Geese as they have come together in large numbers. Also, the light is excellent all day. 

My recommendation for exposure is to use - 1 on the EV so as not to overexpose the white area on the goose.

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

Black-backed Woodpecker

Last weekend I went to Winston Churchhill Provincial Park . The park is an island in Lac La Bishc connected to the mainland by a Causeway. The park is located Northeast of Edmonton, Alberta.

It was -10 , but the sun was shinning. There were lots of snow on the trees. We walked around the 6 KM trail on the Island or park. We were looking for the Black-backed Woodpecker.

Any Bird Photographer who have tried to photograph the Black-backed Woodpecker knows how difficult it is to photograph this bird.

Usually, the bird is in the shadows where there is no light. However, this time the bird was high up in some old 

Birch trees. I had to photograph at a steep angle, but with good light I got some of the best photos so far for this bird.

I was accompanied by my wife and fellow Bird Photographer Darryl Hansen.

Nikon D 500 with Nikon 200-500mm lens.

Common Goldeneyes in Flight

Every once in a while I get a photo I like a lot.

This photo is one of them. I managed to capture the four Goldeneyes in flight and in sync with one another.

I was standing on the bank of the Bow River in Calgary, Alberta as these Goldeneyes flew by me. Of course I did not time it to get the wings all in the same position. It was a lucky photo.

However, I did spot the birds well before they flew by me and got several photos as they flew by. As a bird photographer I had my camera settings set for the proper exposure and was ready. So, a-little luck and some skill.

I like this photo and think it is worthy in my library of bird photos.