Saturday, December 17, 2011

First Place Prize

Greetings friends, I'm happy to reveal, I just won first place in the 'Welovebirds" Photo competition, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and NRDC.

My winning image of six Saw-whet Owl chicks can be seen on their website here :

http://www.welovebirds.org/page/top-10-photos-winter-2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Bird Counts...

Well, its that time of year again, and I'm happy to be doing another batch of bird counts, six to be exact.
There's always the possibility of finding something rare too, and I'm always on the lookout for mammals that I've not seen before!

Here's a Northern Flicker that I got as it was coming in for a landing at the bird bath a few weeks ago :

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

'Saskatchewan Birds in Pictures' Book

Greetings friends. I'm happy to announce the release of my first publication. It is a collection of some of my favourite photos of nearly 120 birds found within the Province of Saskatchewan.

For a preview of some of the pages and to order, just visit the website below. Thanks for looking!

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2627171

Friday, November 18, 2011

November Update

Greetings friends. I have been busy processing many photos over the past few weeks, and trying to cram in birding and work at the same time.
Saskatoon now has its annual covering of snow, that is now unlikely to go anywhere until at least March!
So now comes the beginning of Winter birds, & birding!
I can't believe its almost time to start the Christmas Bird Counts again...

I hope you enjoy these new photos :

Gray Jay



Ruffed Grouse




White-breasted Nuthatch



Black-capped Chickadee









Blue Jay



Merlin



Northern Flicker



Pine Siskin



Yellow-rumped Warbler


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

2012 Saskatchewan Birds Calendar

Greetings friends! My 2012 Saskatchewan Birds Calendar is now ready to order. Professionally coil-bound and printed on high quality photo paper. The calendar is now bigger and better at 11x17 inches, with a full colour photo for each month that fills the page, but is still the same price at $20.00 For a preview of the pages and for shipping costs (if needed), please email me at : nikovich@gmail.com
Local buyers are also welcome to collect their calendars from me personally, so please email me to make arrangements.
There is no limit on ordering, so feel free to order multiple copies if needed, for Christmas presents etc.


Here is a sample of the inside :

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Catch-Up Time Again!

Greetings friends. I find myself  just about 2 months late with any recent updates, so thought it high time I shared some new images taken since my last post.
Our backyard has been a flurry of activity, with many of the expected fall migrants coming and going, with a nice selection of sparrows, some warblers and raptors!
So far this Fall, our yard has been host to over 40 species of birds, including a couple of new additions that I didn't see last year.
Such species have included ( I won't list all )  :  Harris's Sparrow,  White-crowned and White-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's , Clay-colored, Chipping and Tree Sparrows, Nashville, Mourning, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned and Tennessee Warbler, American Redstart, Purple Finch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Brown Thrasher.

Old man winter will soon be upon us already, which actually is a wonderful time of year for nature photography, even though it can be bitterly cold, but is actually one of my favorite seasons. There can be great opportunities for Owls and there is always the chance of seeing something rare.

I hope you enjoy these new photos :-)


Sharp-shinned Hawk - a backyard visitor .....



Brown Thrasher - another visitor to the pond this fall ...



Barn Swallow - these acrobatic birds were taken at Greenwater Lake Provincial Park...





Black & White Warbler - one of my favourite warblers, taken at local  park....



Palm Warbler - I've had several of these visit the backyard this Fall ...



Yellow-rumped Warbler - I'm still seeing these little  beauties in the backyard...



Pine Siskin - These feisty finches are also regular backyard visitors, but this one was from a park...



Turkey Vulture - This handsome fellow was one of 2 youngsters being tagged this summer by a licenced bird bander. The birds will then be monitored and their progressed tracked....



Osprey - I found this awesome hunter of fish along our river one morning...



Cedar Waxwing - I found this gorgeous species perched on some wolf willow bushes at a local lake...

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Trip to Alberta

My family recently came and stayed with us from the Uk, so we thought we'd not only show them around town and some local sights, but also a trip to the Rockies would be in order, so we stayed in the beautiful town of Jasper for a few days, swung by Banff and Lake Louise, then drove home through Drumheller.
Of course I had some ideas to see a few species that were still on my 'want list' , and also wanted to get better photos of birds I'd seen there once before such as the Clark's Nutcracker, a species of alpine Jay that lives in the mountains.
I also got new photos of some ground squirrels that I had seen in Alberta before, and a new mammal for my life list, a North American Pika which I was very much hoping to find.
There were a few missed opportunities, seen but not photographed were Violet-green Swallows, and I didn't manage to see a Hoary Marmot or Grizzly Bear, but there's always next time !

Here are a few of my findings :

Clarke's Nutcracker




Gray-crowned Rosy Finch



Mountain Chickadee



White-crowned Sparrow



Dark-eyed Junco - Rocky Mountain race



Columbian Ground Squirrel



Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel



Black Bear



North American Pika

Friday, July 8, 2011

Grassland Birds and Mammals

On Monday a friend and I took a drive down south to Chaplin and Reid Lake to see if there were any rare shorebirds around, any returnee migrants, and also to see if we could find (or at least hear), some grassland sparrows, buntings and longspurs.

We were unsuccessful in finding any rare shorebirds, but we did see and hear Baird's Sparrow, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Nelson's and Le Conte's Sparrow, and a single male Lark Bunting.

Another highlight was a great look at an American Badger.

Here are a few photos from that trip :

American Badger



Baird's Sparrow



American Bittern



Willet



Savannah Sparrow



American Avocet


Monday, June 20, 2011

A Flood Of New Photos

Greetings everyone. I know, its been a long time since my last update. We've had rain galore here, flooding in places, and I completed my 6th Spring bird count, so I hope this flurry of new photos is enough to make up for my time away! These were all taken over the past 5 weeks.
I have some great friends who are also fellow wildlife enthusiasts. A couple of these photos would not have been possible without them, so kudos to them for putting up with me tagging along. You know who you are ! :-)

Virginia Rail - My first ever look at one !




Ruby-crowned Kinglet




Brown-headed Cowbird



Northern Pintail



Gray Catbird





Piping Plover




Wilson's Snipe




Western Wood Pewee



Veery



Upland Sandpiper



Long-eared Owl



American Redstart



Golden Eagle



American Kestrel



Marbled Godwit



Bobolink




Horned Grebe



Northern Shoveler



Lesser Scaup pair