A year ago on Canada Day, I posted a collection of my favourite images from the previous decade, and said: “My two-dozen mute portraits offer peeks into the charm and beauty of life in Canada.” Commenting on it, Carlo said that it offered a “somewhat different view of our ‘population diversity’ than what is usually presented.” I liked that.
So, on a day when most people choose to celebrate themselves, I will celebrate a broader diversity with a collection of my favourite images recorded since last year’s July 1st. Some are permanent residents and some are migrants. (Note: No migrant was apprehended, harmed, or separated during these encounters.)
A Black Bear cub catches its first Kokanee salmon in a local creek.
A Northern Flicker chick welcomes its mummy bringing food.
A Mountain Bluebird dons a tutu.
A Grizzly Bear sow and her cub graze in a field.
A Golden Eagle scours the valley bottom for comestibles.
Snowshoe Hares were plentiful this last year.
A Great Blue Heron flies overhead.
Looking out from treeline talus, a Hoary Marmot guards his domain.
A Hooded Merganser swallows a sucker whole.
A Mallard demonstrates walking on water.
An Osprey flies by with a headless fish.
The Mule Deer is the only local animal that stots.
Two River Otters claim a dock as now belonging to them.
A Pika cries “eep”.
Common Redpolls scrounge seeds in the midwinter.
A male Ruffed Grouse is in full display.
A Red-winged Blackbird announces springtime.
This Wood Duck is confident that it is superior to all the rest of us.