Coyotes in Kananaskis

After photographing several moose in the fresh snow in Kananaskis Country, my brother Peter and I continued looking for wildlife to photograph. We where both very happy with what we had seen and photographed, and thought it couldn’t get any better. We couldn’t be more wrong. As we rounded a bend in the road, I spotted four coyotes on the other side of the lake. We cautiously exited the truck, hoping not to scare them away. We cautiously approached the lake edge, and wished that we could get a little closer. One of the coyotes granted our wish and came across the lake to us. It spent 30-45 minutes with us and posed for some portraits. I feel honoured to have been able to spend time with this wonderful animal.

 Coyotes, Canis latrans  (copyright Stewart Stick)

coyote, Canis latrans (copyright Stewart Stick)

coyote, Canis latrans  (copyright Stewart Stick)

coyote, Canis latrans  (copyright Stewart Stick)

coyote, Canis latrans  (copyright Stewart Stick)

Spring Amphibians

Spring is the best time of year to get out and photograph amphibians. During the first warm rains of spring, the frogs and salamanders emerge and travel to their breeding pools. Driving along country roads, you can observe hundreds of amphibians crossing the roads.

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

1. Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum), sitting next to the overspray of paint from the yellow line running down the middle of the road.

Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)

2. Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in its terrestrial juvenile form, known as a Red Eft.

Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

3. Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

Grey Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)

Grey Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)

4 & 5. Grey Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)

Common and not so common sightings

Today I photographed two species of bird. The first one is very common and the second one is rare in the area.

First up is the common, Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias (copyright Stewart Stick)

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias (copyright Stewart Stick)

and now for the rare, American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana
Unfortunately the bird was to far for a decent photo.

American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana (copyright Stewart Stick)

American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana (copyright Stewart Stick)

All About Horses

The The Lindsay Agricultural Society hosted the All About Horses event at the Lindsay Fairgrounds this past weekend.

All About Horses, Lindsay Fairground (copyright Stewart Stick)

All About Horses, Lindsay Fairground (copyright Stewart Stick)

All About Horses, Lindsay Fairgrounds (copyright Stewart Stick)

All About Horses, Lindsay Fairgrounds (copyright Stewart Stick)

All About Horses, Lindsay Fairgrounds (copyright Stewart Stick)

All About Horses, Lindsay Fairgrounds (copyright Stewart Stick)

All About Horses, Lindsay Fairgrounds (copyright Stewart Stick)

All About Horses, Lindsay Fairgrounds (copyright Stewart Stick)

All About Horses, Lindsay Fairgrounds (copyright Stewart Stick)

All About Horses, Lindsay Fairgrounds (copyright Stewart Stick)

All About Horses, Lindsay Fairgrounds (copyright Stewart Stick)

All About Horses, Lindsay Fairgrounds (copyright Stewart Stick)