Curiosity takes me to Namaka Lake
I was back in Calgary a few weeks ago and hoping to find some canola fields to photograph. Yellow is such a beautiful colour, so cheery, and the contrast against the somewhat blue sky and surrounding fields is wonderful.
Combining this with a birding trip made it even better! I googled locations east of Calgary and came up with Namaka Lake. I should have printed off the map in the link, as the GPS on my phone sent me to a slough on the south side of the lake which is actually on private property and on the Siksika Reserve. The owner of the property, Mark, was very friendly as I wasn’t a hunter and told me about some of the birds on the water.
Two families of Eared Grebes had a narrow protected channel of water in which to swim. The chicks have a red bump in the middle of their heads and ride under the wings of their parent.
I enjoyed watching the males jostling one another while the females and chicks looked on.
American pelicans hung out on a log along with Franklins Gulls and Black-Necked Stilts.
There were a number of other birds along the road to the lake. I hope you enjoy!