Thursday, 23 February 2017

I recently wrote a blog for Tourism Kamloops about the birding and bird photography opportunities here in Kamloops. You can view it here: http://www.tourismkamloops.com/bird-watching-in-kamloops-british-columbia , On that page clicking on the Read the full story on birding ... link will take you to the blog.


Sunday, 5 February 2017

There are birds to photograph here in the winter; eagles, hawks and owls are very popular with the local photographers. As well we have Tundra and Trumpeter swans that spend the winter with us. I have  been using this time to try and catch up on some work on the website and organizing our new cowboy and western workshops.



Preparing for the cowboy workshops could have an interesting impact on our birding tours. I have secured exclusive access to a very large cattle ranch. The ranch is thousands of acres and opens up lots of great birding opportunities for us. Of course much of it is remote but we have now added a six- seaterYamaha Viking to our fleet.
This will allow me to get guests into remote area where no one else has access.I can't wait until spring so I can get out searching and scouting. We will spend most of our time out on the water but this should lead to some exciting opportunities.



Friday, 9 September 2016

Catching Up

I have been ignoring the bird side of my photography a little bit as life has been busy. And this time of year we are getting busy on the ranches and starting to do more riding ( see cowboy photos.ca ) . Still lots of birds around and we are now seeing some of the migrations of shorebirds, pelicans, cranes and others. Here are a few shots of Semipalmated Sandpiper and Pectoral Sandpipers that are passing through our area.






Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Loon Rescue

My friend Mike Ritcey received a phone call from the animal hospital at the Kamloops Wildlife Park asking if he could go out and have a look for a loon at Lac le Jeune. It had been reported to them that the loon had become entangled in fishing line and was not doing that well. Mike needed someone with a boat so he called me and off we went. We quickly located the loon on the shore and she (best guess) was quite entangled, obviously not able to fish or eat. We netted her and into a dog crate for the trip to the animal hospital. At this point Mike, who is a SAR dog handler,was called for a search and was off to the airport with his dog.
I took the loon to the hospital where the fishing line was removed and a tube feeding was administered. A blood test revealed the loon to be somewhat anemic from not eating but a determination was made that she would do better back at the lake than in the hospital. Back I went to the lake where my loon and I went for a short boat ride to find a quiet place for the release. I got her out of the crate and she sat quietly for a while. I didn't want to leave her on the shore where she was vulnerable to predators so to ensure she was able to get into the water and swim I coaxed her into the water. She seemed to do much better once back in the water and began to preen and also scan under the water for food. I stayed with her for a short while and was very happy to see both her mate and chick join her.

The capture

Treatment at the Animal Hospital
The release
Waiting
Reunited !!





Thursday, 14 July 2016

New Website

We have changed our hosting provider, twice actually. The web address is still the same, www.crazyaboutloons.com but it will now take you to a page on our Studio Five-O Photography site. It will take me a little bit to get it back up to speed as we are very busy. I am pretty confident we will be fully booked again so I am not as motivated as I should be for sitting inside on summer days working on web pages. If you are a potential new customer and you are looking for more information than is currently available at our site please contact me. Contact form on the site.
Just to make this post a little less boring, here is a Killdeer and chick that hatched on our driveway.


Thursday, 30 June 2016

A great season !

We are still booking trips but the majority of the tours are done. Fully booked again this June which was awesome and I am already filling the calendar for next year. The loons were cooperative this year but I was able to get a number of the guests out to some of other  areas to experience the beauty of the area and the variety of other species available to us. Had a lot of repeat customers and made a number of new friends! Thanks to all who came and spent some time with us.I don't shoot when I guide so just to add some colour one of our many bluebirds taken close to my home.


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Grebes too!

I was a little surprised but we did see Red-Necked Grebes with chicks today. Not many as it is early from them but there are some out there. Also saw Pied-billed Grebes with chicks. I bent my shooting while guiding rule a little today as the birds were being so cooperative and the water was so still I had a few breaks from driving the boat.

Red-necked Grebes

Spent a little time trying to catch the Black Terns in flight.