Author Archives: Tim Hopwood

Early Spring 2015 Birding in Calgary

Due to a combination of vacation, multiple family commitments and unfavourable weather, I haven’t got out birding that much the past month. That said, the few forays I have made have been reasonably productive so I can’t complain. A real … Continue reading

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Pygmy Owls in the Park, Winter 2015

(My blog is a little late this month as I was off enjoying the warmth of the Mexican sun…and chasing all sorts of wondrous tropical birds too!) This winter Calgarian birders, and local wildlife appreciators in general, have been treated … Continue reading

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Winter Birding, Calgary-style – a Photo Essay

Well winter is well and truly upon us, but thankfully in Calgary it has been fairly mild (at least compared to the record snowfalls last year) and the we’ve had some great winter bird visitors within the city limits already. … Continue reading

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Shorebirding – A Week at Weed Lake (Part 2)

As I mentioned in last month’s post, in 2014 I made a concerted effort to see and photograph shorebirds  on their fall migration as the birds headed south and stopped over at Weed Lake, just east of Calgary. While last … Continue reading

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Shorebirding – A Week at Weed Lake (Part 1)

I started birding and bird photography in earnest in early 2012, and each subsequent year I’ve made mental notes to check out certain places at certain times to try and see certain migrants that might be passing through southern Alberta. … Continue reading

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Fall Splendour – enhancing your bird photography with autumnal colours

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus I love the quote above from Camus as I wholeheartedly agree with him. Having grown up in Australia, I find the autumns here so much more vibrant … Continue reading

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Birding the Alberta Grasslands – a photo essay

Living in Calgary in the south of Alberta, I have the great fortune to be able to spend the summer camping season in a number of very enjoyable, and very different, regions only a few short hours way: from the mountains to … Continue reading

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Happy Summer Holidays – extended!

Apologies for 2 months in a row of very short posts, but I’m camping most weekends which has not left a lot of time to sift through all my images. The good news is I’ve taken quite a lot of new … Continue reading

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Happy summer holidays!

I always look forward to summer as it means lots of weekend camping in the great outdoors and I get to spend ‘quality time’ with my family, with the added bonus of getting to see some birds that I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Roll on, Spring! – a birding photo essay

Roll on, spring!  This really is a great season for birding – lots of activity, especially in the courtship arena and all that entails – such as defending territory and chasing away rivals, through to courtship and nesting and, hopefully, … Continue reading

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