Yellow-Headed Blackbirds

  I had a chance to dig through some birding photos from 2012 and stumbled across some images I completely forgot about. Here are a few of images from my yellow-headed blackbird stash.   If you have never heard these birds they aren’t hard to recognize. They nest in marshes which are also home to red-winged blackbirds. While most of …

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One Wet Fox

I had a fun little encounter with this cross fox yesterday out in the rain. A good reminder to start packing my mittens and weather protection for my camera!   It’s going to be short and sweet this week as COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into life for the past month. I’m hoping to get back to regular posting once …

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Boreal Chickadees

This week I thought I’d share some images of a hardy local who spends the winter with us. While many of our beloved songbirds enjoy the warm southern climate, we have a a few tough birds that stick around and keep us company even in the dead of winter. One of these is the boreal chickadee.   Boreal chickadees are …

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Arctic Tern Full-service Buffet

Terns are one of my favourite birds to photograph in large part because they are such a challenge. They are very fast flyers and very aggressive when defending their young. This summer I wanted to challenge myself to capture some images of adults feeding their young. There is one particular rock in a local lake where the terns usually nest …

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Fox Kits on Highway 4

This week I have some images of a cross fox kit to share. There is a fox den along the Ingraham Trail (NWT Hwy 4) and almost every year there is a litter of rambunctious kits exploring the area.   It is interesting to see the individual personalities of each animal during an interaction. Some kits are bold and approach …

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Waterfowl

This week I have some images of waterfowl that are common visitors around Yellowknife in the breeding season. I am still working on my duck identification skills however, these birds are some that I can readily identify in the field. It took some time to figure out how to differentiate the female Northern shovelers from the female mallards as their …

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Semipalmated Plovers

This week I have some images of Semipalmated plovers that I stumbled across quite by accident. I know very little about these birds so I did some reading to learn more. This encounter was only the second or third time I have had a chance to observe plovers.   Plovers spend time int the North where they breed in arctic …

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Myths and Magpies

I have some fun images of magpies for you this week along with some myth-busting facts.   We had quite a hot spell in early July and it made a lot of animals and birds very lethargic (including me) particularly during the middle of the day. I often walk over lunch hour and one day I spotted a juvenile magpie …

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Baby Birds

This week I have some baby birds photos from the past summer. I hope to get a few more images of ducklings and juvenile birds as they migrate through Yellowknife to their southern wintering grounds.   On of my favourite young birds to photograph is the tern. They are a challenge not only because they are decently camouflaged against the …

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Cliff Swallows

This week I have some images of Cliff swallows taken out by Cameron River. Swallows are fast and very difficult to photograph in my opinion, so the best chance I had of getting some shots was to find a place where they actually stopped and sat “still” if only for a moment.   Luckily, they like to nest underneath man …

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