Curiosity takes me to Lloyd Park
I think I’m officially a bird nerd – signed up for a birding course and bought a book (Sibley Birds West). I have only been to two birding classes and it is a bit difficult to get pictures, so I decided to head out to Lloyd Park for some needed nature therapy. It is challenging (for me anyway) photographing birds, so the practice was good as well.
I hope the attached video works (I put it on continuous loop for your listening pleasure) as it will give you an idea of the noise of all of the birds – mostly seagulls I think.
Lloyd Park was named after a pioneering family who moved to the area in 1884 from England. The park was donated to the M.D. of Foothills in 1981. The local community association, who maintains the park, has ticked off some regular users by putting up a gate, calling outsiders “riff raff” and charging a fee to use the park. I figure I will be out there many times, so paid the annual fee of $25.
The variety of ducks in particular, shorebirds, gulls and blackbirds was amazing. Spending time by myself and taking pictures really allowed me to become more familiar with the different types. The bird book helped too!
Canada goose landing – that American Coot had better watch out!
Because it fits with the birding theme, I wanted to include this cute picture of two Great-horned owlets which I took in Fish Creek Park. I was reading about owls and they do not like to be disturbed so I didn’t get too close or stay too long. Mama was watching on a nearby branch. We also saw an osprey there, but I didn’t get a great picture of it.
The noise of so many birds was amazing, but so was the view. It took me many tries to get at least one bird in focus as the gulls were flying madly trying to catch all of the bugs.
I was trying to practice panning and this was the best I could do – a good excuse to go back!! I have added more pictures to the image gallery so please enjoy!