Monday, April 25, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
This edition of Battle of the Birds and other Wildlife shows images taken by Nelson and me on April 14, 2016.
My best photo of the day was this Milbert's Tortoiseshell Butterfly who rested on our front patio for awhile.
|Milbert's Tortoiseshell Butterfly, Montmartre, SK, April 14, 2016.|
Photo credit Anita Mae Draper
Next up is Nelson's Western Meadowlark in its most classic pose.
Western Meadowlark, Southeastern Saskatchewan, April 14, 2016.
Photo Credit Nelson Draper
Nelson did such a good job with that photo, didn't he?
The Western Meadowlark is one of my favorite birds and since it has the reputation of being a storyteller, I've adopted it as the icon for my writing. You'll see the following header throughout my website, as well as displayed on the 5th of every month when I appear on the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog:
I also used a photo of a Western Meadowlark on my Facebook header last year when I announced that one of my stories was a finalist for the 2015 Word Awards. However, as you can see, my photo doesn't compare in quality to the one Nelson took above.
|2015 Facebook header for Anita Mae Draper|
I hope you enjoyed these photos of Saskatchewan wildlife. More coming soon.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
After an almost snow-free winter where the only wildlife seemed to be common house sparrows, also called English Sparrows, it's wonderful to see all the birds and animals return.
I spend time every day taking photos of anything that catches my eye and so when Nelson Draper wanted a good camera to use on his daily travels, I gave him my Nikon P500 to see if he liked it. I had upgraded to a Nikon P520 and really like the hybrid camera with it's long zoom, but without the need to carry around extra lenses.
And now we're getting into a nightly ritual of comparing the photos we've taken throughout the day.
Here's the best of our shots for April 13th:
|Common Snipe, Southeast Saskatchewan, Apr 13, 2016. Photo by Nelson Draper|
My best shot was actually a video of a Long-tailed weasel who had come poking around our yard. Here's the screenshot of it followed by the actual video:
|Long-tailed Weasel, Montmartre, SK, Apr 13, 2016. |
Photo by Anita Mae Draper
The video is silent because I was shooting through the picture-window of my living room. Yes... it came right into our yard.
I'll be posting more photos and video as soon as I can. Please enjoy this brief glimpse into Saskatchewan wildlife.