Category Archives: birds

Songster of the Sweetgrass

The Meadowlarks have been disappointingly quiet this summer, after a lot of racket this spring. However, this weekend at Maple Creek, I could hear them singing at the edge of town.  They’ll be gathering up the brood and getting ready to head south…all too soon to suit me.
 This is from a photo I took down at Writing-on-Stone  this spring.

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Three Crows in a Bird Bath

I’m aware that things have really “gone to the birds” with my blog these days, but these crows have been begging to be painted.  These are part of the family of crows that have taken over my parents lovely back yard….not the ideal situation if you value undisturbed sleep and peace in general!  Here they are monopolizing the bird bath. Their antics are entertaining though, with their bird-politics and their obvious intelligence. Now that the babies are raised they seem to have moved off to other locales…which is even more of a blessing than their presence. 

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Lift Off

This is a progression from yesterday’s painting and if you’ve ever watched pelican’s take off you’ll know what a lumbering, splashing, flapping affair that is!  It reminds me of the hulking Hercules airplane trying to get off the runway! 
Once these American Pelicans are finally aloft though, you never saw such elegance and grace, and if they’re beautiful solo, they’re absolutely magnificent as they soar together in their squadron formations.

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Launch-ready

“A rare old bird is a pelican”!  and this one wasn’t comfortable with our proximity, so had his wings at half mast, ready to embark on the laborious task of launching himself  airborne. Meanwhile I loved how he was lit up by the sun and so beautifully outlined by the shadowed shoreline.

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Loon @ Police Outpost Lake

I couldn’t wait to attempt one of these extraordinary birds….I’ve only had a few minutes today, so this was a quick drawing in my sketch book, with overlays of watercolour.  Who can resist the fascinating blanket of dots, dashes and squares of white on a shiny black background; those squiggly calligraphic lines through the collar and onto the chest, the magnificent head and bright red eye!? All this is enough, and then!!      there’s the haunting call.  This was a close encounter with nature, and an incredible gift.

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Laughing Loon

Today we have a photo, taken this afternoon while canoeing on Police Outpost Lake.  Right  on our border with the US, and a few miles east of Waterton Parks, this beautiful small lake once was the site of a NWMPolice post, established  in about 1880 to keep an eye on illegal whiskey trade.  We spent a peaceful afternoon watching and photographing loons, bald eagles, pelicans, grebes and more!  This gorgeous loon was really ticked off with us, and though he looks like he’s laughing, he was scolding us in that hauntingly beautiful and echo-y voice.

Good Morning Crow

On the Thursday morning of the rodeo, I wandered over to the grounds to absorb the behind-the-chutes action. There was a “murder” of crows hanging around the bucking horses, raising hell and generally dominating the scene as only crows can do. This guy sat on the top rail and tried out his version of a stare-down with me. I won, and he left.  

As always, it left me wondering about the secret life of crows and all other non-human species.

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A Gift From Jill

One of the really great things about summer is all the company I get.  I’ve had visits from many friends and rellies over the past month, the latest being my niece Jill.  She showed up here with this beautiful vase, stuffed full of a “ditch bouquet” that she’d picked beside the highway somewhere in Saskatchewan!  What a girl.  This porcelain vase is extraordinary; made in Portugal, it has a gorgeous, shiny, iridescent glaze which made it almost impossible to paint.  I tried though, and it’s much prettier than the painting shows. Trust me. 

As you can see, Jilly knows her aunt very well…chickens and sunflowers!

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Meadowlark @ Writing-On-Stone

Bear with me people I got really close to a meadowlark down at Writing-on-Stone earlier this month.  Normally they won’t let you within a country mile, but this little guy just sat on his post and did that trilling chirrrp they do, and let me take as many photos as I wanted.  So brace yourselves,  you’ll be seeing more meadowlarks.  Did I say they’re my favourite bird?  

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From Point A to Point B

One of my favourite daily pursuits is a walk in nature…the prairie, obviously, since I live where I do.  It’s especially delightful from April till September when the meadowlarks are here, intriguing little chiggers that they are.  Everything they do is endearing…like the way they fling themselves into the air and bee-line from fencepost to sagebrush clump……accomplishing what we’re not exactly sure.  

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