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ROCKY MOUNTAIN CRITTERS, BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Feeling like a wise old owl as I edit some images on a Saturday night knowing that all of those night owls out there having a hoot will have some sore heads in the morning. I came across this owl perched on a branch overlooking the road to Lake Minnewanke, Banff. I had always thought of owls as nocturnal but this sighting of what I believe to be a Great Gray Owl took place in the middle of the day. Of course, people feel free to get in touch if I am wrong on this! I would be curious to know!

Owl

It is typical hunting behaviour for the Great Gray Owl to perch on a branch and look for disturbances on the ground, which they can see with their expert eye site. It is just a pity that I didn't get to photograph this owl's beautiful face but I feel lucky to have had the pleasure of seeing this very special bird of prey, particularly since the Great Gray Owl is endangered.

Big Horn Shoe

Next, on to the Big Horn Sheep, which frequent the Rocky Mountains. You can see so much wildlife driving around this region. Some days you don't see a butterfly and then other days you can get incredibly lucky and see lots and lots. Generally, dawn and dusk are the best times for spotting wildlife, however, strangely my most successful moments of spotting on this spring trip were on a sunny afternoon.

Big horn sheep

The female Big Horn Sheep are perhaps less impressive as their male counterparts given that they lack the large and striking spiral horns that the rams possess. We'll see more of the men later on in the series.

Big Horn Sheep

These lady big horn sheep were out in force licking the salts off the rocky road. The road contains  minerals and salts that are simply irresistible for the sheep. At the same time, their salt habit gives then visions of grandeur that they are king of the road quite literally putting them right in the middle of the road. This creates an obvious hazard for them from passing traffic, and motorists are urged to drive responsibly as sadly, traffic is a large cause of wildlife fatalities in Banff National Park.

Big Horn Sheep


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