Here are my photos for Saturday Snapshot April 20.
Spring is always a slow emergence for us. There’s still snow on some trails, and no green leaves or flowers for another month. But a sure sign of spring is birds nesting.
Canada Geese scouting for nesting spots and guarding them closely:
And here’s one well nestled inside a tree:
This one just wants to show off as spring spirit unfurls.
Remember the Papa Great Horned Owl I spotted a month ago? Just last week I saw Mama Owl nesting in the cavity of a dead tree, poking out just enough for me to take her picture. Other birdwatchers told me there were several young ones. Hopefully soon I’ll get to see them come out.
But nothing compares to the utter joy of seeing the Great Blue Herons yesterday. I had never thought I would see them right here in Alberta. But I found them following some directions to their nests, had to watch them from afar though as we were separated by The Bow River:
About a dozen nests high up on the trees:
My patience paid off as I waited and finally saw the Herons come out of their nests. Just to stretch their legs:
Again, from afar, they were black against the pale blue sky, too far for me to see clearly. Not until after I uploaded onto my computer and cropped them could I see a bit of their details. They look magical, albeit still blurry.
And yes, they are blue:
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