Birding is providing many opportunities to practice and improve my photography. I have explored many wonderful locations in Alberta and found the Friends of Fish Creek birding course to be a fabulous learning experience. It is great hobby which I can do for many years to come, getting me out into nature, challenging my memory and keeping my eyes and ears sharp.
One of the best spots I have found so far is Frank Lake, which is five kilometres east of High River. One of the Important Bird Areas of Canada, it supports approximately 190 plant species, 194 bird species and over 16 mammal species. This map is from www.highrivertourism.com. On this website is also a link to the e-bird list which shows all of the species typically seen by month. Very helpful to know for next year.
I have been twice; once in May when there was quite a variety of birds, and then again in June, where I was lucky to see some babies. There is a viewing blind with information and seating. I recommend taking a walk by the lake as well, particularly near the sewage outfall (sounds stinky, but it isn’t too bad). My second visit was in the evening, and the calm water and setting sun were beautiful. The shorebirds and the beautiful colours on the white-faced ibis made me think I was in a tropical location – my eyes have been opened to the incredible variety of birds which call Alberta home.
Here are a few of my favourites; I hope you enjoy!