Moose

The mother is there from the time the calf is born. Helping to locate and eat food, providing safety from predators. Helping to get you through the  first winter. Helping to survive all the challenges nature and at times human throw at the calf. Then just as the calf starts getting closer to being a year old, the mother turns on her calf. Becoming aggressive and starts charging, trying to drive the calf away. The mother  is pregnant and needs all her energy to look after the new calf that will be born soon. After several days of pushing, this calf moved on.

Moose

Red-tailed Hawk

After warm summer like day, winter was back. Snowed most of the day though out much of the park. After work I was out looking for things to take pictures of. This Red-tailed Hawk was perched top of a tree, head partially covered by snow. Helping me get my winter like picture for the day.

Red-tailed Hawk

Black Bear

So far it has been a good season for seeing large male black bear. This one was one of the first one, he was also one of the first black bear to wake up from his winter sleep. It seems the bigger they are the slower they travel. Having lot of confidence, not too worried abut other bears or predators. I saw him later in the day slowly making his way through the valley.

Black Bear

Barred Owl

The Barred Owl was not only out in the open but also calling out. So it did not take long before the magpies arrived and started harassing the owl. Magpies and other birds will harass any bird or mammals that will harm them or their nest. So when they have a chance, harassing is a normal reaction when predator are spotted.

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American Robin

Weather is getting warmer and more leaves are coming out, summer is not far off. The robins have been back for few months, they are quite common in the park. So I can take my time getting the right picture of them. Few mornings back I was bird walking, I saw this robin on the ground, as I got closer it perched on a branch with new leaves,  nicely framing the American Robin.

American Robin

Grizzly

She's five and half years old and has more or less established her territory that is her home. Taking few trips each season to visit the surrounding neighbourhoods, always returning home. Her territory was previously he mother's home, who passed away when she and her two siblings were two and half years old. Her next chapter will be when she starts her own family, this year she came out of the den on her own, will next year be the big year in her life?

Grizzly

Moose

It has been a good year for seeing moose for me this year and also seeing them in different places in the park. Getting close-ups and also pictures from distance in their habitats. In this case it was the moose with her calf again, the calf is out of the picture.

Moose

Savannah Sparrow

I have been spending lot of time out there taking pictures of birds, taking advantage of the bird migration season. Big or small, I enjoy and seeing and taking pictures of them all. I saw this Savannah Sparrow early in the morning as the sun was making its way up. The sunlight behind the sparrow helped make this picture, providing the glow and the colours in the background.

Savannah Sparrow

Grizzly

Most of the bears are up now and chances are much better of seeing a bear out there in the open and here's one of them an adult grizzly male. I can only imagined how he looked in size before he went for his winter sleep. Most likly he was about hundred pounds heavier. But he still looked great as I watched him from a distance. With more and more food options becoming available, he will start gaining weight.

Until next moment,

Amar

Grizzly

Prairie Crocus

The prairie crocus is the first flower seen in the mountains after winter, with the warm weather more flowers are not far behind. Each spring I try to make goal of taking more pictures of wild flowers, but there is so much to take pictures of. From landscapes, mammals, birds and lot more. I guess in the end it's good to just get out and take pictures.

Until next moment,

Amar

Prairie Crocus

Mountain Bluebird

One of the highlight of birding in Banff National Park is having a chance to see the beautiful Mountain Bluebird. I came across this male in a meadow, first spotted perched on top of a burned stump. Its bright colour got my attention and I quickly snapped several pictures. It was looking toward the ground, searching for insects to feed on. After few minutes it found a snack and then it found a different perch. Providing a better picture.

 


Until nest moment, 

Amar

Mountain Bluebird

Black Bear

A black bear family of three, they were busy eating the green vegetation that's starting to pop up on the valley's bottom. With the warmer weather the bears have more and more options for food and they are spreading out in the valley.

Until next moment,

Amar

Black Bear

Red-necked Grebe

I was watching two red-necked Grebes diving for food in the Bow River, they feed on fish, crustaceans, insects and few other aquatic related food items. They also ingest large quantities of their own feathers like the other grebes. Still no clear idea why they do that  and why they feed their feathers to their young. It might be to protect the lower digestive tract from hard indigestible material. The morning I got this picture, I was just happy to get a good photo during a morning snow fall. 

 


Until next moment, 

Amar

Red-necked Grebe

Northern Lights

Most of the times when we get northern Lights in Banff, we don't see the colours, just a glow in the northern sky. This was the case few weeks back when I decided to go out and take pictures of it. My camera's sensor being more powerful than my eyes, they were able to pick up the green. Then it was matter of finding some open water and compose a picture.

Until next moment,

Amar

Northern Lights

Great Blue Heron

In the morning I came across this Great Blue Heron fishing on the side of the Bow River. I watched from a distance as it caught two fish, both the same size as the one in its mouth. After it caught the two, things slowed down. It kept moving to different parts of the river but no luck. It finally decided to fly away.

Until next moment,

Amar

Great Blue Heron

Mount Rundle

The last few weeks I have been spending lot of time around the Bow Valley, near the water. That's where many of the birds can be  found, they are my main focus during the spring bird migration. But I do cheat. I was hanging out by the Vermilion Lakes, waiting for the sun to rise. Bird photography does not start until  I have light, until then I can take pictures of the sunrises. There was a light breeze creating ripples in the water. I kept my fingers crossed the wind would stop. This time mother nature listened, the clouds lit up, water was clam and the mountains were covered with fresh snow in April. 

Until next moment, 

Amar

Mount Rundle

Grizzly

More and more bears are up from their winter sleep, but winter is taking its time to leave. April was full of small and large snow storms, providing challenges for the early risers.

Until next moment,

Amar

Grizzly

Mount Rundle

We have been getting more snow in April, many of times waking up with the mountains and as well the bottom of the valley covered with it. Few weeks back before looking for and taking pictures of birds, I decided to get few pictures of the sunrise at 3rd Vermilion Lake. It was a great morning, not only in the direction where the sun was rising but as will in the opposite direction.

Until next moment,

Amar

Mount Rundle

Moose and Mount Rundle

Mount Rundle is one of the most photographed mountain in Banff National Park, throughout the day and during the nights. Pictures are taken from few different location, but most are from the Vermilion Lakes, which are easily accessible by foot, bike and by a vehicle. Summer is the season when the mountain gets the most attention, but lately more and more during the other seasons as well. My favourite time to take pictures of the mountain is when there is drama in the sky and the water is still during sunrises and sunsets. But every now and then a great opportunity presents it self during the middle of the day. 

 


Until next moment, 

Amar

Moose and Mount Rundle

Moose

The calf still enjoying the safety of its mom, if the mother is pregnant, the calf will be pushed away in few months. For now life is good and with warmer weather better food is on its way.

Until next moment,

Amar

Moose