Bird Photography

  • Savannah Sparrow in flight

    Savannah Sparrows are fairly common brown streaked birds with a beauty mark worth looking for — a bright yellow spot before their eyes.

    Savannah Sparrow; copyright Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
    A Savannah Sparrow swoops off a Saskatchewan fence post and soars into flight.

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  • Cedar Waxwing Posing in Sunlight

    Sometimes it feels as if birds are curiously watching our human actions. This Cedar Waxwing looks unafraid. Not ready to fly.

    Cedar Waxwing, crisp orange and gold against the brilliant blue Prairie sky

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  • Male and Female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

    New to our bird feeders this year: Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

    Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Copyright Shelley Banks; all rights reserved.
    Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Copyright Shelley Banks, all rights reserved
    Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak
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  • Ring-billed Gull on a Rock

    Spring, and the birds are returning north — and Ring-billed Gulls are flocking to Wascana Lake.

    Ring-billed Gull
    Ring-billed Gull

    There have been times in the past when gulls have seemed merely annoying, with their screeching, squawking, food-stealing gall… But they, too, are a sign of spring. A welcome one.

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  • Western Kingbird on Barbed Wire Fence

    I love the prairie birds of summer, gliding to rest on the grass or a fence. Lately, I’ve seen several Western Kingbirds around Regina. Here’s one of those lemon yellow and grey flycatchers; it landed on barbed wire and watched until I drove on.

    Western Kingbird
    Western Kingbird

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  • Sharp-tailed Grouse: Saskatchewan’s Provincial Bird

    The mating displays of the Sharp-tailed Grouse, Saskatchewan’s provincial bird, are highly entertaining to watch. They dance, they prance, they leap, strut, pout… They rattle their feathers and gobble.

    I’m so happy I had a chance this year to visit the lek (location of these dominance displays, and the displays themselves), to watch this! (I have a short video, too, on my Prairie Nature blog.)

    Sharp-tailed Grouse showing neck patch    © SB  Copyright Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
    Sharp-tailed Grouse showing neck patch © SB
    Sharp-tailed Grouse displaying feathers  © SB , Copyright Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
    Sharp-tailed Grouse displaying feathers © SB
    Sharp-tailed Grouse - leaping at another  © SB  Copyright Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
    Sharp-tailed Grouse – leaping at another © SB

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  • Common Redpoll on a Wire

    A Common Redpoll, part of a large flock of Redpolls wintering on a farm near Muenster, Saskatchewan. The colours caught my attention, and the dynamic lines of the wire and building behind.

    Common Redpoll - a female, by the lack of chest patch - on a wire.   © SB  Copyright Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
    Common Redpoll – a female, by the lack of chest patch – on a wire. © SB

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  • Chickadee on Barbed Wire Fence

    Chickadees. Snow. A barbed wire fence. Simple clear lines and the cold — could winter be anything more than this? (Yes, of course it can. But here’s the chickadee, anyway.)

    Chickadee perched on barbed wire © SB   Copyright Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
    Chickadee perched on barbed wire © SB

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For More Prairie Bird Photographs, please visit my Prairie Nature blog! 

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