Thursday, January 1, 2009

Candle Lake Christmas Bird Count

Well, it finally happened ! After 6 years of not being in the right place, or being in the right place at the wrong time, I got to see not one, but 3 Great Gray Owls during a bird count I participated in at Candle Lake, Saskatchewan.

With 2 parties of 3 individuals, we had an excellent count , tallying up 25 species in total.

Here are the highlights :

Ruffed and Spruce grouse
Northern Goshawk and Bald Eagle
Great Gray and Northern Hawk-owl
Downy, Hairy, Pileated, American Three-toed and Black-backed woodpeckers
Boreal and Black-capped chickadees
Red and White-breasted Nuthatches
Blue and Gray jays
White-winged Crossbill, Pine and Evening Grosbeak

Here are some photos , with more to come later - click to see full size versions :

Great Gray Owl

Pileated Woodpecker

Gray Jay


Shelley said...

These are magnificent! That gray jay looked cold w/ that snow on his back and being all puffed out!

Anonymous said...

I like the Gray Jay with its snow on its back too. It seems like it definitely is wearing the weather in more ways than one.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Awesome photos.The Gey Jay looks very cold.

Suzanne said...

Magnificent was the word that came to my mind first, too. I love your beautiful photographs. The owl looks warm like he has on a heavy knitted outfit. Thanks, Nick!

Jayne said...

Oh, aren't they all just magnificent! How, but how do you get such wonderful shots Nick?

John Theberge said...

Wow, absolutey fantastic! I've never photographed an owl in my life and I love that gray jay shot with the frost, guess it was cold there too.

Peggy said...

Oh-no-you-di'nt! Congrats on these spectacular photos! If there ever were a birdcount where I'd like to participate most, it would be your neck of the woods! I can only shake my head and drool!

Nick S said...

Thanks everyone :-) It was certainly worth the trip up there !

Rocky M said...

Nick congrats on finally getting that GG Owl! What a magnificent creature..just awesome images.

Have a great New Year bud,

Nick S said...

Thanks Rock . Your time will come :-)
Happy new year to you too sir !

The Birdlady said...

Aw Nick - just color me green!

Barbie ♥ said...

Your photography never ceases to amaze! Absolutely awesome shots of the owl - and that last shot of the jay is really nice!

Unknown said...

Fabulous images Nick. The details on the Owl is just incredible. Congrats

Nick S said...

Thanks so much guys !

NCmountainwoman said...

Great photographs! You are one talented (and lucky) man.