A pair of Trumpeter swans just after lift-off on their journey north.
I tell you... these early morning skating trips across the ice, simply to get back to open water, sure are good for bonding time!
It was getting late and the sun was going down. This was one of my last shots for the day.
Pelicans just downstream from the Bow River weir in Calgary.
This pelican has caught itself a fairly good size trout.
And it is about to swallow the whole thing. Watching from shore, you can see the fish wriggling side-to-side in the pelicans throat for several seconds as it is swallowed.
This pelican flies back to the main group after all that wrestling over a single fish.
Maybe the fishing will be better over here?
Group of Trumpeter swans taking off on their migration northwards.
A Canada Goose standing on a frozen pond, does a little self-grooming....
Taken at a small pond along side a rural road near Millarville Alberta. This female mallard had just chased an intruder away from her little brood of ducklings and seemed to be de-stressing with this wing flapping.
Almost as good as an ice-breaker... you can see the broken crust of thin ice around this goose as spring gradually makes it's way in and everything warms up.
This group of pelicans is watching for fish. I've seen them the past several evenings, just downstream from the weir on the Bow River, Calgary AB.
It works quickly to orient the trout for swallowing, and to prevent other pelicans from stealing the fish!
This pelican only partially gets the trout, and the mass wrestling for possession begins.
Coming in for a landing!
A large group of pelicans sit as they fish, just below the weir on the Bow River, as it runs through the City of Calgary.
Tme to continue their migration to the northern nesting grounds. The air speed of this pair once they took off was over 70km/hr (which is a little faster than 45 mph).
This pelican, with an almost bossy expression, was hanging out in Calgary, Alberta
CHILLY!! That reflection in the background is from the last remnants of winter ice, still on this pond.
Group of pelicans fishing, downstream from the Bow River weir (Calgary, AB).
Pelicans watch for fish, just downstream from the weir on the Bow River, Calgary AB.
One last little adjustment - it's almost aligned properly for swallowing.
More and more pelicans pile on, trying to get a hold of that one single trout! This group floated downstream with the current for quite a distance until one of them finally got (and swallowed) the fish.
Landing gear down!
Another view of how many pelicans there are just below the weir on the Bow River in Calgary Alberta