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Not So Early Spring Birds

A couple of weeks ago I posted an article on this front page called "Early Spring Arrivals"


My thoughts at that time were Spring has arrived. However, two weeks later and Spring is still not here in the Praire Sloughs.


Today I visited some of my favorite spots for birds, but all I found was ice and snow.


I did find a Ring-necked pheasant that was willing to pose for me on a bail of hay. The early morning sun was on the wrong side of the pheasant, but by editing in Lightroom I was able to recover a possible disaster.


This was one time I got my settings on my camera wrong. I should have increased the EV to +2.

More Birds Arriving Daily

Short trips around the City of Calgary is showing some signs of Spring. 


I counted 41 different bird species along the Bow River. Of course, there were the usual birds, Magpies, American Robins and Northern Flickers. 


There were some early arrivals, especially ducks. The Northern Shoveler was in the Bow River, this was the first sitting for me in the Bow River. These ducks usually favour the Praire Sloughs.


The American Tree Sparrow do stay for the winter, but they are not in large numbers. The House Finches do hang around all winter and can be seen at bird feeders.


The Common Redpoll was still hanging around but would think they will be going north soon.


As you can see there are more birds starting to make their way through our area. So get out there and photograph these wonderful creatures.

A Neglected Bird

The Canada Goose is often neglected and overlooked by bird photographers.


As I have said in the past all birds are worth the time and effort to photograph.


I find Geese always worth the time and effort to photograph. Every once in a while the light is good and the compositions all come together for great bird photographs.


Now that the Geese are nesting there are many bird photography opportunities.