Tuesday, August 11, 2015

OWLS 2016 Calendar on sale in stores

I'm honored to have my photo of a Great Horned Owl on the cover of the popular 2016 Owls Calendar by Firefly Books. It is available to order now at Amazon all over the world, on the web, and in many bookstores you will be familiar with.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

July Catch Up!

Hello friends and followers,

I have not updated this blog since December, so I thought it was high time I shared some new photos for people that prefer not to use Facebook, or who don't visit photo sites like Flickr, where I usually post my latest photos.

I will do my best to update my blog on a more regular basis, as I've been busy with other projects.

A new venture I've undertaken is to join up with Fine Art America, who make some beautiful artwork out of your photos, including canvas prints, metal prints, framed prints, greetings cards, phone cases and more.
Maybe you'll see something you like?  The link is here  http://nick-saunders.artistwebsites.com/index.html , or click the widget to the right of this page.

Thank you all for checking my page, and I hope you enjoy the photos! :-)

This story actually goes back to Autumn of last year ( between late August and September )
I had meant to post this last year but didn't get around to it.

I know its only the end of July, but Fall Migration is creeping up on us already !

Fall migration ( for me anyway ) means Warblers!  Sometimes, living here in Saskatoon, it can be difficult to see many of the warbler species, as they don't stay long on their way north during spring migration, and usually head straight to the Boreal forest to breed.

You might see a few in some local parks at the end of May, very early June, but if the winds are in their favor, the little guys can often fly right over us.
If you are lucky enough to visit the northern forests, then you will have more luck seeing several nice species of warbler.  In spring, they can be found not only by some of their beautiful colours, as they flit from tree to tree, but by their amazing array of songs.

In Fall, however,  the warblers are returning from their breeding grounds, and Saskatoon ( luckily for me ), is a 'pit stop' where they refuel, and can stick around for a little while, sometimes even weeks before they finally head south to a warmer climate.

Having a well treed backyard with a water feature, has proved very successful in attracting warblers, and also Vireos, Grosbeaks and many other fall migrants.

Last Fall, I had a record number of species show up!

An amazing 21 species of warbler visited my backyard during August, September and October.

Here is the list ( in no particular order )

1. Black and White warbler
2. Bay-breasted Warbler
3. Blackburnian Warbler
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. Canada Warbler
6. Blackpoll Warbler
7. American Redstart
8. Yellow Warbler
9. Northern Waterthrush
10. Common Yellowthroat
11.Yellow-rumped Warbler
12.Tennessee Warbler
13.Orange-crowned Warbler
14.Wilson's Warbler
15.Mourning Warbler
16.Magnolia Warbler
18.Cape May Warbler
19.Palm Warbler
20.Black-throated Green warbler
21.Nashville Warbler

During this period, I also had visits from 4 Vireo species, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper, Baltimore Oriole, Swainson's, Gray-cheeked and Hermit Thrush, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and an assortment of fall sparrows, and more besides.

So, you can see why Fall is my absolute favourite time of year. Especially when you don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home to see the wildlife!! :-)

Here are some photos taken during that time :

Black and White Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Green warbler

Cape May Warbler

Common Yellowthroat ( juvenile )

Magnolia Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Northern Waterthrush

Orange-crowned Warbler


Palm Warbler

Wilson's Warbler (female)

Wilson's Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Monday, December 22, 2014

Calendar Can Now Be Ordered Online

Greetings friends, for anyone that missed out on my calendar this year. It can now be ordered online here :

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all !!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Saskatchewan Birds 2015 Calendar - SOLD OUT

Greetings friends,

My 2015 Saskatchewan Birds Calendar is now ready, so if anyone wants one, or more copies, please email  nicksaundersnature@gmail.com and I will get back to you the same day.

The Calendars measure 11x17 and are made of high quality card stock. Each image is suitable for framing. If you would like to see a preview of each month, this can be arranged upon request.

The cost is $20.00 . Postage within Canada is $4.00

I accept Cheques, or even easier method is to pay with Paypal to nikovich at sasktel.net

 International buyers please contact me for postage.

  Here are some previews :

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Book review - Woodpeckers of the World

A few days ago a beautiful book was delivered to my front door, Woodpeckers of the Word, by Gerard Gorman.
Firstly, I was amazed that there are 239 species of Woodpeckers on this planet. I had no idea how widespread, similar , and yet different each species was, in all corners of the globe.

The book starts off with the taxonomy, anatomy, habit and breeding information that one would expect from a lavish book devoted to a single species.  It leaves no stone unturned, and is richly detailed in all aspects, from describing what they eat, their behavior, their calls, and what woodpeckers are most notorious for - their drumming!

Of course, a book this detailed, has to have photos, and boy does it have some great ones, spread throughout the 529 pages.

You'll see species such as the common Downy Woodpecker of North America, to the stunning Woodpeckers of the tropics, and mentions of the fabled maybe-extinct species the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and the World's largest, Imperial Woodpecker.

Its a thick, heavy book, but its one that you will turn to again and again, even just to look through the stunning photos, and if you are ever curious about what woodpecker lives in a certain country, then, you'll find it in this book.

I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Spring Catch Up....

Greetings friends,

As usual I've had a busy few months, and everybody living here in Saskatchewan knows all too well, it had been a LONG winter. I also took some time out to visit family in Europe which was a lot of fun!

Here are some photos taken since my last update :

House Wren

Common Goldeneye

Common Raven

Great Gray Owl

Gray Catbird

Mountain Bluebird

Northern Hawk Owl

Rock Pigeon

Yellow Warbler

Cedar Waxwings

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Christmas Bird Counts and Winter Catch-up

Greetings friends,

Like every year, I enjoy taking part in Christmas Bird Counts  http://www.bsc-eoc.org/volunteer/cbc/index.jsp?targetpg=cbcparticpate&lang=EN .
 A practice which has gone on since 1900.

Here in Saskatchewan as most of you will know, we get some bitterly cold winters. This can either 'make or break' a good count day, sometimes the worst weather might bring in the most species, and also the rarest.
This year I took part in 9 seperate counts, saw some great birds, and took a few photos while I was at it.

Here are some recent ones :
Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike

Pine Grosbeak

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-shinned Hawk

 Dark-eyed Junco ( Oregon race )

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Blue Jay

Bohemian Waxwings
Snow Bunting