Category Archives: Raptors

Siege at Spruce Meadows!

  When one thinks about the rolling foothills around Spruce Meadows just southwest of Calgary, Alberta, thoughts of tranquility, beautiful horses, aspen forests, and lovely sunsets usually come to mind.     We moved out to an acreage a few minutes … Continue reading

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Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – Top 5 Birding Locations!

A Brief Introduction to StaderArtBirds (Marcy & Ray Stader) As new contributing authors to Bird Canada, we are honoured to share our stories, images and videos of birds across this great country.  We live on an acreage just south of Calgary, … Continue reading

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Love is in the Air

On the day before Valentine’s Day, GROWLS (Gabriola Rescue of Wildlife Society) held a wonderful event in celebration of Bald Eagles. Aptly-named Love is in the Air: An Eagle Affair, the day included a tour of eagle nests and a … Continue reading

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Trapped!

I don’t know how long he’d been in the garden room. Maybe hours. Busy in the house, I’d decided to take a break and work on the 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle my grandkids had left for me to finish, just that … Continue reading

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Early Autumn on the Prairies

While it’s still summer in Alberta, many areas in the province experienced snow yesterday (Monday). In our area, it snowed for just a short while, but then the melted away as the temperature reached a high of 5 degrees C. Here are … Continue reading

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What Hawk Is This? Or Is It a Hawk?

How are your raptor identification skills? These photos were taken in Calgary, AB in late August and those are all the clues you get. Can you identify this beautiful bird? Leave your best guess and reasons for it in the … Continue reading

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It’s still summer, but…

It’s still summer, so my post will be short once again, but I thought I could at least share a couple of Osprey pictures with you that illustrate a great success story here in British Columbia. Both of these photos … Continue reading

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My 2014 Baillie Birdathon

Cross-post from my blog Prairie Birder: Thursday, May 29th was my “green” Baillie Birdathon which was not only the wettest but also possibly my best Birdathon so far. I decided that I’d do a “green” birdathon because I wanted to focus more on the birds … Continue reading

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Tofield, Alberta, Snow Goose Chase 2014

One sign of Spring in the Edmonton, Alberta, area every year is the annual Snow Goose Chase, organized by the Edmonton Nature Club. This year, on the morning of April 26th, eight buses filled with inner-city and new immigrant families, … Continue reading

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Flight: A Photo Essay

Today’s post will focus on one thing most birds can do rather well: Fly! And as anyone who is a bird photographer can tell you, it can be rather difficult to capture flying birds, even with a good autofocus DSLR. … Continue reading

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