Beauvais Lake Birds – Part I

A number of weeks ago, several southern Alberta photographer friends shared some of their recent bird photos with me. Among these were images of great blue herons, red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds, Canada geese, and turkey vultures, the latter of which are seldom seen in this part of the province.

I enjoy bird photography but it’s not something I do a lot of. To be successful at photographing birds, you need to have plenty of patience and a good understanding of their habits and behavior. Unlike landscape photography, where the scene remains static, birds are almost always on the move. You need to be attentive and quick on the draw at all times. Otherwise, you might miss an opportunity for a great shot.

Balancing act

My friends’ photos provided the inspiration I needed to put a long lens on my camera and make the short trip to Beauvais Lake Provincial Park. There is always a good variety of birds to be found at the lake and spring is the best time to photograph them. More than 140 species of birds are known to inhabit the park. Over three weeks, I made more than a half dozen trips to Beauvais Lake and was able to observe osprey, bald eagles, loons, kingfishers, blackbirds, terns, gulls, grebes, ducks, and Canada geese.

Coming ashore
Family of fourteen

Canada geese are plentiful at Beauvais Lake. By late spring they can be seen, along with their newly-hatched goslings, foraging on lush, green grass growing along the North Shore Day Use Area.

Stickin’ close to Mom

The geese are usually not too alarmed by people who are fishing or walking the lakeshore trail and photographing them close-up is fairly easy to do. You just have to watch where you are walking, as not to step in goose fertilizer. Sandals, as I quickly discovered, are not the preferred footwear while taking pictures at this location.

Lots of yellow
Under a watchful eye
Bye Bye Blackbird

Next time, I’ll post photos of a pair of red-necked grebes that had nested at Beauvais Lake.

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8 Comments

  1. Walter Hildenbrandt July 10, 2020 at 5:46 pm #

    Beautiful photos Vic! Thanks for sharing these amazing Birds of Beauvais Lake.

    • Vic Bergman July 11, 2020 at 9:29 am #

      Hi Walter,

      Beauvais Lake is a great place to visit with a camera. I hope to post Part II shortly. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Bob Costa July 2, 2020 at 6:03 pm #

    Great shots Vic. Beauvais is a special place.

    • Vic Bergman July 2, 2020 at 7:36 pm #

      Thanks Bob. We went for a drive to Beauvais yesterday evening and I was able to get a few photos of a cow moose standing in the lake, eating “seaweed.” Also took pics of a loon. I didn’t bring my fly rod, though. It was super windy.

  3. Terry Maurer July 1, 2020 at 4:49 pm #

    Vic –

    Happy Canada Day !! Keep ’em flying, waddling & swimming – er, the birds.

    Terry

    • Vic Bergman July 1, 2020 at 11:00 pm #

      Hi Terry,

      Thanks. Canada Day celebrations were very subdued this year, as expected. Hopefully, things will be better in time for next year’s celebration. Happy Independence Day to you on Saturday. Hope you are getting out fishing. Talk to you soon!

  4. Edwin Knox June 27, 2020 at 4:21 pm #

    Thanks Vic – wonderful shots! Handsome happy birds there at beautiful Beauvais – we are so fortunate tho have that gem of a little park so close! I appreciate every visit!

    • Vic Bergman June 27, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

      Hi Edwin,

      I agree, Beauvais Park is a gem. I was there last evening. Over the past few weeks, I have been going regularly to take bird photos. The place is starting to get pretty busy now. Lots of anglers, campers, and hikers. I’ll be posting Part II of Beauvais Lake Birds soon. Thanks for commenting!

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