Migration of Sandhill Cranes Sandhill Cranes start to congregate on the Canadian prairies in early to mid August. Usually by mid-September the number of cranes peak. Twice a day cranes fly from their roosting areas, typically shallow marshes and wetlands, to the croplands to feed, returning to roost several hours later. The call of the Sandhill Crane reminds us that fall is here. … [Read more...] about Early Fall Migration – Sandhill Cranes in Saskatchewan
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Every spring, before pelicans start nesting, they congregate in the creeks and shallow bays where fish are spawning, in order to replenish their energy stores. This image is a pelican landing on the water for "refuelling" after spring migration. Photo captured by Nikon D300 – Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5 – 5.6G ED More info: Cornell … [Read more...] about “Did Someone Say Fish?” – American White Pelican in Springtime
I snapped this image of a Great Horned Owl incubating eggs on a late March afternoon in Saskatchewan. This particular site has had a successful brood for the past seven years. I suspect the coots, pocket gophers, and mice in the area are very nervous! Photo captured by Nikon D300 – AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens, TC-20E III … [Read more...] about I’m Onto You!
I always enjoy finding fresh tracks in the field. The sense that only minutes earlier a critter was moving through this spot where I'm standing, gives me a thrill. Such was the case when I happened upon these Sharp-tailed grouse marks in the snow. These markings were left by a sharp-tailed grouse whose home stomping grounds are a stone's throw away from my own. No doubt it was … [Read more...] about Winter Impressions