Not far from my home it can be easy to find good photo opportunities and this time of year with all the nesting birds to hunt it gets pretty intense. Intense and enjoyable. I do know how lucky I am to live where I do, ( the Canadian Rockies) and get the pictures I get. Thank you to all those great people involved deeper than I with all the great conservation efforts. Good to know that when I bring my grandchildren to these same spots the wildlife will be there. Words are not enough to properly thank Art Grunig for the many thousands of nest boxes he has built in his life time. Without Art’s efforts these photos would not be possible.
I had a good spring finding and staking out productive nesting sites. In the Canadian Rockies we are lucky to have an abundant wild bird population. Humans have taken up the responsibility of helping out the western blue birds by placing thousands of nest boxes on fence posts everywhere you look. I am lucky to call the main man involved a good friend of mine. With all those nest boxes it can be tough actually being in position to photograph the parents tending the nest. Most of the time I find myself 200 meters and five nest boxes too far away.
The same can be said for the northern flicker nests. There are hundreds of trees with holes in them but which one has a woodpecker nest in it and will I get the photo I’m looking for. I can tell you that it takes a lot of time and when you get the shot you want all the time and effort is worth it.
Over the weekend Susan and I made an effort to get some photos of Western Blue birds. Our good friend Art Gruenig is responsable for producing and placing thousands of nest boxes. They can be found all over western Canada on fence posts along countless road ways. The Blue Birds and the world will never be able to thank Art enough for his work. A wonderful man and a life long naturalist. The strong presence of the western Blue bird can be atrubuted to his efforts alone.
It didn’t take long to find a mating pair working their magic outside one of these mounted boxes. After looking a bit further we found about a dozen more going through their spring ritual. They were so busy paying attention to each other they didn’t care that we were standing only meters away.