Autumn Amble for Wild Birds

Golden leaf medals
Quiver ‘n flake off in air:
Autumn sighs deeply.

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. Calgary AB 2017. Photo by J.Chong

Cloud tuffs swhoosh blue skies,
Paintbrush branches sweep above
While crunch stepfalls on path.

Great Horned Owl, Alberta’s official provincial bird. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. Calgary AB 2017. Photo by J.Chong

Great Horned Owl –o- wise,
Wind sweeping -fluffs your feathers,
Solid wisdom sits.

Wood ducks. Less colourful is female. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary AB 2017. Photo by J.Chong

Wood Duck puffs colour
Bands green-blue and magenta:
Moving mosaic. 

Wood duck in autumn. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary AB 2017. Photo by J.Chong
Great Horned Owl, ready to nap. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Calgary AB 2017. Photo by J.Chong
Autumn leaves 2017. Photo by J.Chong
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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Pit says:

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures. Thank you for sharing!
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Pit

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    1. Jean says:

      Hopefully weather is better where you are: it’s -18 C with wind chill and plenty of fresh snow here.

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      1. Pit says:

        Well, with 84 here today and a record 88 in Austin, we wish for cooler weather. Why can’t we share/mix and each get a decent temperature out of it? 😉

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  2. Love the owl. Looks like you woke him! Louise

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    1. Jean says:

      I think he was wise..just pretending to sleep. 🙂

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  3. Oh, wow, your photos are stunning, Jean. Hard to pick a favorite. I love them all. The owl is gorgeous but so are the leaves.

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    1. Jean says:

      Hi Evelyn. We enjoyed seeing both birds. First time, we saw the owl for a long period of time. We were standing under the tree for over 20 min. He was a confident creature!

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      1. He posed for you 🙂

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  4. Autumn seems to be more muted this year in the northern hemisphere and while that’s disappointed a lot of people, I still think it is beautiful. Your photo of the snowy-grey owl against the soft yellow leaves is lovely.

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    1. Jean says:

      In our neck of the “woods”, we tend to get more bright yellows and some oranges, whereas in Ontario and eastern Canada they get flaming reds, oranges as well as yellows. A much brighter, showier range of autumn leaf colour. I lived there for the first few decades and I do miss the spectacular splash of colours there.

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  5. Mabel Kwong says:

    Didn’t know you wrote poetry, Jean. It was lovely to read and sounds like autumn has settled down in your part of the world. Very crisp close up shots of the wildlife. Not just well spotted but well-timed too. Today I went hiking and saw a bird in the trees. It was a very shaded area and couldn’t get a decent bright shot.

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    1. Jean says:

      I’m certain Aussieland has some colourful birds. Hope you get some shots one day, Mabel!

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  6. Lani says:

    I can’t believe you got that horned owl photo! He’s so cute! I love how fluffy he is. An owl accidently got into my house one time. The cats “playing with it” woke me up from deep sleep. I managed to get him out alright, but it was like a dream having him as a short guest 🙂

    Autumn, like all the seasons, holds so much magic and possibilities. I miss four seasons!

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    1. Jean says:

      OMIGOD…an owl inside your house! I’m trying envision your cats teasing it. Poor thing or maybe it was good that it didn’t attack.

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      1. Lani says:

        It was shocked more than anything and the cats were curious but didn’t do anything to it. Thank god. He accidently got doused by their water dish which was cute, but I managed to coax him out into the night.

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