Making good use of the stump of a dead birch tree in Lois Hole Park. St Albert.
A Red-tailed Hawk buzzes over the tree tops and shrieks it's warning call at me get the hell out of here! Lois Hole Park, St Albert.
The peak flood having receded I was able to approach the flood plain and record this sunny morning scene over Big Lake. Lois Hole Park, St Albert.
Moose hang out
A cow and her yearling calf on the perimeter of the J Poole Wetland, third and fourth moose of the morning. St Albert.
A cow moose munching in the J Poole wetland, the second moose of the morning. St
On the trail
A young bull moose on the trail at the tree line of the J P Poole wetland, the first moose of the morning. St Albert.
No hunting here
The flooded Big Lake Interpretive trail, of course in the fall hunting is permitted a short walk beyond this sign, curious for an area designated as a provincial park. Lois Hole Park, Sturgeon County.
Muskrat taking a bite
A muskrat pauses to take a bite in the J Poole Wetland, St Albert.
A muskrat swims through the J Poole Wetland, St Albert.
A pair of Mallards court in the J Poole wetland, St Albert.
Perhaps not so exotic as the classic "leopard in a tree" but when stomping through the woods of Sturgeon County you take what you can get, so "Porcupine in a tree".
A beaver impressively out swims the current of the swiftly flowing Sturgeon River and creates a bow wave in the reflections caused by the early morning spring sunshine. Sturgeon County.
Mist rising from the Sturgeon River early on a spring morning. Sturgeon County.
The warmth from the early morning sun has not yet touched the light frost on the shrubbery on the banks of the Sturgeon River. Sturgeon County.
Muskrat kits playing in the shallow flooded wetlands adjacent to Big Lake, Lois Hole Park, St Albert.
Ahh the bliss!!!
This guardrail post has became a popular spot for Muskrats to hang out and bask in the warming spring sunshine. Sturgeon River, St Albert.
Sleeping at the post
This muskrat has found what appears to be convenient spot to build a sleeping platform and perhaps the start of a lodge? It will be in for a bit of a surprise when the river level falls, this is a guard rail post on the bike path that runs underneath Ray Gibbon Drive in St Albert.
A flight of Mallards sweep across Big Lake in early spring. Lois Hole Park, St. Albert.
Intimacy on the river
Muskrats sharing an intimate moment. Sturgeon River, St Albert.
Setting up shop?
A pair of Great Blue Herons look like they are going to nest close to where there used to be a good sized heronry that was abandoned last year and Canada Geese have taken over the nesting sites. This year looks slightly more promising, hopefully some more birds will show up to join them. Sturgeon County
Geese in a prairie field
Minimalist composition of what should be obvious by the title and subject matter! Sturgeon County
My attention was drawn to a pair of chickadees flitting around, anyhow after unsuccessfully trying to capture them I looked up and found I was being watched by a moose in full spring molt. Sturgeon County
Hidden in plain view
After spending some time with this little guy following me around in the bush I walked off but after a couple of minutes it caught up with me by flying in to my new location and then proceeded to parade around some more, this was when I took this shot. After more following I finally got away from it (or so I thought) but a few minutes later it gave more one more fly by before we went our separate ways. Sturgeon County
Head and shoulders of a Ruffed Grouse peeking at me through the bush. Sturgeon County.