2021-04-12: Barred Owl

I had forgotten I’d had this sighting of the barred owl; I’d taken a few quick images as it napped in the tree branches, and then forgot to download the images to my computer. If it weren’t for the raven sighting yesterday, they may have sat on there for quite some time.

Thankfully all the snow seen in this image is now gone, but sadly, it seems like sightings of the owl may be as well. But who knows, I could also get lucky with some springtime owl sightings.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

2021-04-12: Raven

I was planning to edit some hornbill photos today, and was at my computer searching for images when movement outside my window caught my eye. I looked up from my computer as a raven landed in a tree outside my office window. Earlier in the day, I had spotted a dead squirrel on the lawn, and hadn’t had an opportunity to get out to clean it up; and I was hopeful that the raven would keep me from having to do so.

Getting photos through a small window isn’t ideal, but I knew the bird wasn’t going to wait for me to get my shoes on and head outside. It took a few tries before it was able to get the squirrel up and away, but in less than a minute, it was all over.

I always enjoy the opportunity to get to observe nature, whether it is our local deer, songbirds, ravens or more exotic animals while abroad.

2021-04-04: Panorama Route

Even though it is the start of spring, it is still fairly colourless around my house, and still some sizeable snowbanks that are stubborn to fully melt. The last few days I have felt desperate for a bit of colour, so I tried to find a little in the images I still have left to edit.

I worry a bit that I will run out of images before I have the opportunity to travel or find something of interest locally to photograph, but I will cross that bridge if I get to it. Given how little time I can dedicate to photograph currently, it probably won’t be a problem any time soon.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead.

2021-03-29: Monochrome Monday

I almost missed my Monday post, but remembered in the knick of time that I hadn’t put anything up yet today. I edited this one yesterday, and it was an interesting sighting that ended up involving three different leopards, while staying at Lion Sands.

This sighting was at dusk and lit with a spotlight with a red filter. Converting it to black and white was a great option to remove the strange colour casts, but I’ll be honest, I still find it a little flat looking. But, it was pretty flat with only a bit of light left in the sky, and the sighting in a fairly heavily treed area.

Regardless if the photo turned out great, it brings back memories and I find myself right back there in the vehicle, sitting behind our ranger Albert, who was getting rather frustrated by the confusing tracks all of the place, which made far more sense when we came to realize they were made by three different cats.

2021-03-28: Leopards

Leopards caught my eye today, so that is what I worked on. I sure wish I was out watching leopards today, rather than watching the snow falling.

Hosana, seen occasionally on Safari Live, made an appearance the last day of my trip.
A leopard cub in the grasses at the top of a termite mound.
This is the cub’s Mom, who was not too far away.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!