Category Archives: animal lovin’

Up Close and Personal: a look at a Snowy Owl

On Friday after lunch I found out that the Conservation Officer had a Snowy Owl that was injured at the Wildlife Office.  A group of us jumped into a truck to go see it.  I got to ride in the back!  Here’s a few shots on the way to the wildlife office. The first is a self-portrait can you see me? I also included of a shot of the outside of the wildlife office and a shot of the fiord (taken from the back of the truck while we were driving!)

Isn’t she gorgeous? She was badly injured…a group of Ravens had been attacking her.  I heard from someone that a group of 20-30 ravens had been swarming and attacking her.  Someone said she could only fly for 10feet before dropping back to the ground.  Then the Ravens started swarming her all over again.  While I was there looking at her she was very still, and didn’t move much at all.  Just watched us with her big eyes.

Sadly she was too injured to survive and the Regional Office ordered her to be euthanized. I heard some talk that they were going to send her to the taxidermy so at some point she will come back and be put on display in Pang.

It was really neat to see her up-close though.  It was a reminder of how sometimes it really is the survival of the fittest and how much I don’t like Ravens!

A Monday Morning thought….

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…hope your Monday isn’t spent ‘herding cats’!

>Animal Lovin’…

>Three Weeks ago… I headed up to Birds Hill Park, with Ryan… I’ve been so darn busy with work.. that I just haven’t taken the time to edit some of the photos from that trip… (partly because there was a series of photos that I wanted to use for this weekend… and will be using them TOMORROW–so LOOK out for that!)…

I had never been to Birds Hill Park, the weather was a bit overcast…but we still headed out of Winnipeg, north of the perimeter… and decided to see what we could find.  It was our first time out taking photos since the beginning of the summer… It was a pretty darn FUN night, and everywhere we went we ran into random animals!!

The leaves were changing colours… not the same as back home in Haliburton…but still pretty darn cool…

 Moss on a gravestone….

 It had changed colours with the fall too I guess….

 Birch Trees always make me think of my grandparents cottage… at “the Pointe” on Haliburton Lake… I asked Ryan to take some photos of me… (and he happily agreed…he’s such an amazing photographer…)

Photo by Ryan Bealer 

 Sometimes a gal needs to just take some time.. and look UP!

Photo by Ryan Bealer 

 Happy, happy… FALL!!!! (I luv the colours… and the crunchiness of leaves…. although I have never enjoyed raking them..but I do enjoy JUMPING in a big old PILE of leaves!!!)

Photo by Ryan Bealer 

We were driving along… and we saw a car stopped.. and guess what there were DEER!!! (just like HOME in Haliburton… so I managed to GET out of the car.. and take a few shots… before they bolted… yes, I know that I probably did scare them away… but well I couldn’t NOT take a photo!!)

 Deer are so cool….

 Ryan LOVES dogs… and it seems like wherever he goes.. he finds a new friend!!!  He called him “White Socks” I think!?

  There was a game of ‘fetch’ that happened… but apparently “white socks” wanted to just EAT the stick…

 ..and then a friendly game of tug of war!

Ryan trying to convince him to give up the stick!!

I made a new friend too… His name was “Billy”, the goat of course!….

Billy really, really wanted OUT of his cage….
But only could manage to get his head out the fence….
…and then got all ‘camera-shy’… I’m not really sure what that was about?!
Photo by Ryan Bealer 

It was an awesome night… and I was so glad I was able to take photos again with you Ryan!! And thanks again for taking some for me…. (or maybe just responding to me pushing my camera in your hands.. and me vaguely saying.. “I’m going to do this, or that.. and you need to take it a shot of it…. ok?” Thanks for being a good friend!