May 11 2015 Salmon Arm Day 1 Sunny 12c
The first leg of my X country trip began May 12 in Cloverdale BC. Instead of birding the Okanagan I was anxious to get on with my journey so I headed straight for Salmon Arm, a six hour drive away where I would spent my first night. I arrived in the afternoon to a blustery day and lousy light. Next morning at the pier a single Dunlin fed on the foreshore while a Beaver dove down for plant material, only re-surfacing to chew on his meal.
|Beaver feeding on tubers.|
|Western Grebe a la Monet|
|An Osprey scopes the water waiting for an unwary quarry.|
May 12 2015 Rocky Mountains Sunny 12c
|Elk beside the road near Banff.|
Climbing through the Rockies I decided to visit Lake Louise to do the tourist thing, as I have been there a number of times before I am not too sure why I wanted to see it again, maybe it would be different in springtime,. This time the lake was partially frozen. A Clarke's Nutcracker made most of the tourists picnic leftovers and the busload of Brits from Manchester stood open mouthed as they stared at the glacier and took their requisite photos.
|Sulphur Mountain 2451metres Banff .|
|The area where I will bird for the next two weeks before making my way to Winnipeg and beyond.|
|Some of the species found in the watershed flowing from the Rockies.|
|Clarke's Nutcracker shot with a 17mm-55mm at 50mm. I was shooting a scenic and left my telephoto in the van.|
|Lake Louise still partially frozen in mid May.|
As I leave BC my 2015 BC year list is 155 Species. I will continue toad new species as I travel eastward for a Canada list.
"It's never too late to start birding"