Reposted from the Windermere Studios blog. Originally published April 15, 2013.
I received a really nice email yesterday, from BirdNoteasking permission for further use of a photo that I had given them a long, long time ago. A photo that I'd almost forgotten I'd taken and sadly I believe I've lost somewhere along the way. [Actually, this is a great opportunity to speak out against relying on hard drives or CDs to keep your images safe. They fail. Use cloud based storage and professionally printed archival prints to keep your images safe].
The story behind the photo is that robins had nested in our front yard, and we had a fairly good view of the nest from our porch. But to get this particular image required me standing on a ladder, close enough to the tree to see into the nest but not so close as to annoy the parents. Isn't it adorable!
As well, Birdnote asked if I could provide them with a profile, to add to their list of contributors. That gave me the push I needed to create a collection of my favorite Alberta bird photos to date. The birds, bugs and animal visitors to our yard are my favorite (and constant) photo subjects but my organization of those photos is lacking.
The regular visitors to our yard include a variety of woodpeckers, including pileated and northern flickers, the ubiquitous black capped chickadee, juncos, and a rotating variety of finches depending on the season. We're also privileged to have a pair of great horned owls in the woods behind our home. I have many dusk silhouettes of them, but few daylight photos.
I've found snowy owls, great horned owls, rough legged hawks and northern harriers when exploring Elk Island Park and Beaverhill Lake areas.
I've been trying for eagle photos for years, without any luck. Just means I'll keep on trying!