Getting the ducks in a row
On the Sturgeon River in St Albert
A juvenile Black Tern anticipates the delivery of it's next snack, Big Lake wetlands
There were two more baby tree swallows close by, which one to feed? J Poole Wetland, St Albert.
An adult Black Tern plops a bug into the young one's mouth. Sturgeon River, St Albert
Black Terns on the Sturgeon River
An adult swoops in with a bug to feed to one of its young which is sitting on a reed that is floating in the Sturgeon River near at the outfall from Big Lake, St Albert..
Two White Faced Ibis streak across the sky over Big Lake wetlands
Black Tern (Fledgling)
Big Lake Interpretive trail
Black Tern in flight
Big Lake Interpretive trail.
There is a nesting group (colony?) in the wetlands adjoining the Big Lake interpretive trail
Black Terns sure know how to let you know they don't want you there when you stroll on a trail close to which they have chosen to nest and raise their young.
The Mother Ship
A female Eared Grebe carries her two (by now not so small) babies escorted by her partner (I presume). Bad light against the sun but a cool shot!
Catching a ride
A young Eared Grebe rides it's mothers back in the Big Lake wetlands (crop)
White faced Ibis
Off in the distance, and steering well clear of me, a white faced Ibis flies over the Big Lake wetlands. For a closer look at these birds check out the "East central Alberta" folder in "Other Alberta Wild Places" (crop)
Two for one
A Franklin's Gull carrying nest building materials at Big Lake.
In a wetland pond at Big Lake
Blue Winged Teals (2)
These teals continue to give group flying demonstrations over the wetland at Big Lake
Black Terns warning me off their nesting site at Big Lake - I left
Diving in to warn me off, taken at the Big Lake wetlands
Northern Shovellers in flight
Head on view of these nice looking ducks as they flew over my head at Big Lake
These two birds flew in circles around me as I walked a trail through the wetlands at Big Lake, I think I disturbed their nest in the tallish grass next to the walking trail.
View of the activity over the expanded Franklins Gull colony looking west from the interpretive trail at Big Lake
A swallow nesting box serves multiple purposes at the Big Lake interpretive trail
Blue winged teals
A flight of blue winged teals over the wetlands near the interpretive trail at Big Lake
A breeding pair in a pool near the Big Lake interpretive trail