Author Archives: Tim Hopwood

Okanagan Birding – a quick postcard from BC

My summer has been both busy and relaxing, which normally don’t go together in my world! I had a week’s vacation out in South Okanagan in July where I picked up a couple of ‘life birds’, one of which included … Continue reading

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Birding Magee Marsh – a postcard from Ohio

For this month’s post, I’m going to share some images from a special place just south of the Canadian border…the self-proclaimed ‘Warbler Capital of the World’: Ohio’s Magee Marsh wildlife refuge. Located on the southern shore of Lake Erie, Magee is a magical … Continue reading

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Battle at the Lek: Sharp-tailed Grouse on the Alberta prairie

Through the generosity of a rancher south of Calgary, the help of my local birding club and the encouragement of some photographer friends, I had the opportunity to see and experience my first grouse ‘lek’. The grouse species in question … Continue reading

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Grey Ghost of the North: more Great Grey Owls in pictures

Well, I was lucky to get another morning or two watching some Albertan Great Grey Owls in action, so I thought I’d share some of the resulting images. My focus was on in-flight images and I managed to capture some … Continue reading

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‘On the Prowl’…a Great Grey Owl hunt in pictures

Being able to observe a Great Grey Owl hunting for voles in the foothills west of Calgary has to be one of the great joys one can experience as a birder in southern Alberta. Moreover, no matter how many times … Continue reading

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Finches, Owls and Ptarmigans – birding Alberta in Winter

Winter 2015/16 has proven to a bumper ‘winter finch’ season, at least here in the Calgary area, where the redpolls, grosbeaks, siskins, crossbills, etc showing up in good numbers. I just love the colours of all these finches, so made … Continue reading

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Birding Calgary and area in late Fall

Visiting family and friends in Australia for the first time in 3 years is my excuse for not delivering my monthly post in November, but I’ll do my best to make up for that this month! So to catch up… … Continue reading

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Autumnal Albertan Avian Action

How’s that for a post title? 🙂 As readers of my blog posts will know, I particularly enjoy the fall season for all the gorgeous colors that it brings. Combine that with some of the most spectacular plumage to be … Continue reading

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Warblers, shorebirds and fall-outs – late Summer birding in Southern Alberta

Winterizing my trailer already? Where did the summer go? Just when things seemed to be warming up, it starts to cool down again…typical Alberta. I can’t complain though, the summers may be relatively short here (at least compared to Australia … Continue reading

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Birding and Camping…it must be summer!

I love birding and I love camping (both of which I consider a form of ‘candy for the soul’), so when the two combine in summer I’m in a particularly happy place! My first family camping trip this year was … Continue reading

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