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 :
http://www.lulu.com/shop/nick-saunders/saskatchewan-birds-2015/calendar/product-21880042.html

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










Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Saskatchewan Birds 2014 Calendar SOLD OUT

Greetings friends,

My 2014 Saskatchewan Birds Calendar is now ready, so if anyone wants one, or more copies, please email  nikovich@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 $3.00. US buyers please contact me for postage.

Here are some previews :




Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Great Egret

Well, no sooner had I 'netted' another lifer with the Little Gull out at Radisson Lake, somebody very kindly alerted me to the presence of a Great Egret lurking at a reservoir in Rosthern.
Yesterday,  2 friends and I managed to see this handsome bird while it stood, lunged, and fished for sticklebacks in a creek. This is very late for this species, and we don't get too many in the area anyway, so it was a real nice treat to see such a beautiful bird in October, and now I get to finally add one to my life-list!

Here's a quick photo :

Great Egret