Posts Tagged ‘wildlife’

Birds of Prey Centre Alternative Wedding [Donovan & Brittany]

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Donovan & Brittany, Birds of Prey Centre alternative Wedding

In what might be one of our most unique weddings of the year, Brittany and Donovan held an Alberta Birds of Prey Centre alternative wedding amongst all of the adorable ducks, owls, and eagles in Coaldale! Brittany loves animals and when they were looking for a unique, rarely used ceremony location, the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation was a perfect fit.

They had an emotional and happy wedding there with their closest friends and family and then got to play with some ducks and owls before we headed back into Lethbridge. The post office building downtown was a perfect location for their subdued, cool wedding hues (and Brittany’s rad hair) and she rocked her tattoos with her wedding dress while Donovan sported his awesome trademark mustache.

They were a hilarious group to spend the day with and were such wonderful hams in front of the camera. :)

Congratulations, Donovan and Brittany!

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Fun Coaldale Couples Session [Marianne & Tom]

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Fun Coaldale couples session with couple holding owl

I can now say I’ve done portrait photography involving eagles and owls! Marianne works at the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale and with it being off-season we had special access to the whole place to do a fun Coaldale couples session with her and her boyfriend Tom.

They were so easy to work with and the centre made for an amazing backdrop, plus it didn’t hurt that Marianne’s not afraid to handle giant birds of prey! We were first able to pick out a gorgeous Bald Eagle, and then visited the owl sanctuary for a Great Horned Owl. The eagle showed off his awesome wingspan, though the owl was a little more reserved and decided it was better to watch out for the resident cat who followed us around for attention. Tom was very brave taking a turn holding the large bird! (more…)

More Lethbridge Birds

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

I love this warm weather we’ve been having, so I’ve been going around stalking out more birds :) (more…)

The birds are back in Lethbridge

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

It finally feels like spring is here and the birds no longer sound angry about having returned to a lot of snow so I felt it was a perfect time to go out and take some photos of them. Any excuse to be out in the new found sunshine is a good one. I was most eager to track down some pelicans, which I’ve been wistfully watching out the windows of the university as they fly like pterodactyls over the Old Man River, but since I’m a little scared of them (their wing spans can be up to 10 feet!!!), I started out slow with some more domesticated birds. I live close to (a) water, and (b) a high school, so the seagulls were an easy one to cross off the list first. Nicholas Sheran had the first of the season’s song birds and ducks, but the pickings were still slim. The Canadian Geese are always easy to find by the nature reserve next to the golf course, but the pelicans (the aloof, terrifying birds they are) took a bit of tracking down… (more…)

Awkward Birds

Monday, December 13th, 2010

As you probably know from the lack of deer and prairie photos on my blog, I am not a nature photographer. It’s not my strong point. However, this past weekend, when faced with Bluejays and Stellar Jays (and some other guy I don’t know, because I’m not a bird watcher) eating from their peanut bird feeder, I couldn’t resist. Rather than show you the “nice” photos, I bring to you… AWKWARD BIRD PHOTOS. It was the accidental moments between the good shots that brought me the most delight.

p.s. If you are wondering, the local chipmunk has had a terrible time since the birds realized how delicious peanuts are. The magpies have also gotten in on the action, but instead of coming close to human dwellers to get the peanuts themselves, they wait until the little birds leave their stash, then sneak in the tree and eat the peanuts. How rude! (more…)

Birds of Prey Centre

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Last year we were asked in Photo Club to donate any photos of “Albertan animals” to the Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale for a photo exhibit they were putting on. My gopher photo was one of the images chosen, so I was given a free guest pass for this year, which I finally used recently.

I wasn’t as intrigued as last year, as I exhausted the photos I could take that time around (opting to take more “noble” looking photos of the birds), so I spent much less time there on this visit. It didn’t help that I felt too impatient to wait for the flight demonstration, after which I could hold an owl again! However, I was pleasantly surprised with some of the photos I captured… all animals can be quite amusing if you watch them long enough!

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