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

9 comments:

s said...

You didn't get the Dipper near Jasper? Must_go_back.

grammie g said...

HI Nick ..what a nice trip and opportunity for photo's rolled together lol
Superb all...they are all so great..loved then all!!
The Pika and the Ground Squirrel cute little creatures...
The Black bear.. I grew up knowing them in Northern Maine!!
Nice to hear from you !!

Nick S said...

Thanks for looking. Yes, I forgot to mention I did see Dippers at the Athabasca Falls but the weather was pouring rain, so the photos didn't turn out quite how I liked them.
Luckily that species has turned up in my hometown on 2 rare occasions giving me close looks and some half decent photos :-)

holdingmoments said...

Superb shots Nick.
Sounds like a great trip you had.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh these are each so fun and I am so hoping to view many of the same soon on our journey to the Northwest. I would so love to see one of thes adoreable Pikas as well, just beautiful images~

Country Mouse Studio said...

awesome collection of photos

Nick S said...

Thanks for looking guys :)

Chris said...

One day you will have to tell me how you manage that! All your pictures are so great, sharp and beautifully composed Nick... After two years, that's still a pleasure to visit your blog.Fantastic post once again!

Nick S said...

Thanks Chris ! :-) Just patience, and a love for what I do.