Winter Morning

“Morning. It snowed………. AGAIN”!!!

Each morning I always look out to see who is at our feeders. Yes FEEDERS plural, more than I want to admit to. Lately the bird mix has changed big time. Not just for the morning birds but for the entire day. Our usual mix for years has been the regulars: Sparrow, House Finch, Blue Jay & Flicker and the less regular: Downy Woodpecker, Junko, Nut Hatch & Chickadee. Lately the Sparrows have must have found a better place to go as we have few Sparrows coming to visit since this cold snap.

Morning snow clearing
Morning snow clearing

The one bird that is taking advantage of the feeders is the Junko. There are about 20 of them that have moved in and taken over. They are the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night. When the Blue Jays are sitting in the trees screaming to have their food cleared of snow the Junkos are happily eating away. When a Flicker swoops in to claim the peanut/sunflower tray they move to another feeder making the best of the situation.

Early bird gets the feeder

Morning visitor
Morning visitor

This guy was the first one this morning. Digging through the snow to find his breakfast while the other feeders were still abandoned. He flew away once when I walked past the window but not more than 5 feet from the feeder and as soon as I walked away he was back. He had the look on his face that said he was not impressed with the snow but was fine with having the feeders to himself.

If it was not so cold I would put fresh water in the bird baths for them today. But with it being so cold by the time I add the water and get back to the house it is already freezing over. Oh well, they have lots of snow to eat for moisture and next week it is suppose to warm up so I will make sure they have water once the weather gets closer to freezing.

The good part of all the feeders is that I can take pictures without leaving the warm house. Shooting through the window may not give the best images but when it is -20C outside, snowing and blowing I don’t mind the windows. Well time to see who is outside now and take a few more pictures.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle, out looking for lunch East of Lethbridge

A busy week at the studio with two big shoots and some teaching. This is from last weekend. I just managed to get the files downloaded and edited. Had the opportunity to see two magnificent Bald Eagles out enjoying the nice day. Years ago seeing a eagle in the summer in southern Alberta was rare but in the winter was unheard of. Now they are staying in large numbers all year. I am thinking that the reason for this is that the geese are staying and with so many geese the number of sick and dying birds is enough to sustain the eagles. In the river bottom I can tell when a eagle is flying nearby as the geese take off in huge numbers. Then a few seconds later a bald eagle comes flying down the river.

Bald Eagle

Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600 @ 600 400 ISO 1/2000 F9

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New Year, New business card!

Back in November I decided that it was time to update my business card. I sat down and designed a new business card with the main emphasis on having the information so it is easy to read. I also wanted a new look with an updated photo so I tied out a few different photos and could not find what I wanted till I came across the Meadowlark! It was perfect bright, happy and NO SNOW 🙂

After laying out the back I sent them off to get printed. A day later, November 24 I got a notice that my business card order was shipped. Perfect timing for Christmas. Then the post office went on strike and I was told they would not be here till December 18. On the 28th I contacted my printer as the order still showed they were in Windsor and had been since November 24. The printer apologized, redid the order and shipped it out by courier. This morning at 10am they showed up!

I am VERY pleased with how they look, bright and easy to read!! I guess the wait was worth it.

Business Card 2019 version

A funny side note. I am at work on January 15, 2019 and in walks the courier with you guessed it my lost order. Well better late than never. Again did not help me to get my cards out for Christmas but I now have a lot of cards. So if you come in and get a few cards in with your order please hand them out. May as well put them to good use.