Nicolas Dory Photography

Trumpeter Swans, Yukon Territory

April 23rd, 2013
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It’s as sure a sign of spring as any, the Trumpeter Swans have returned to their favorite resting area in M’Clintock Bay on Marsh Lake, in the Yukon Southern Lakes Area. Approximately 750 swans were counted last week in the bay by the Swan Haven biologists. Each year about 10% of North America’s Trumpeter Swans stop here during spring migration.

Trumpeter Swan spreading wings

Trumpeter Swan spreading wings
Canon EOS 7D + Canon EF 1.4x II Extender + Canon EF 500mm f/4 IS

Trumpeter Swan resting

Trumpeter Swan resting
Canon EOS 7D + Canon EF 1.4x II Extender + Canon EF 500mm f/4 IS

Trumpeter Swans diving for food

Trumpeter Swans diving for food
Canon EOS 7D + Canon EF 1.4x II Extender + Canon EF 500mm f/4 IS

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan
Canon EOS 7D + Canon EF 1.4x II Extender + Canon EF 500mm f/4 IS

Trumpeter Swan spreading wings

Trumpeter Swan spreading wings
Canon EOS 7D + Canon EF 500mm f/4 IS

Spring Bird Banding – Yukon

April 25th, 2010
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Spring Bird banding started last weekend in Whitehorse at McIntyre Creek. Saturday morning, Ben Schonewille and his bird banding team banded 187 birds of 11 species which included Dark-eyed Junco, American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Myrtle Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Common Redpoll, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Lincoln’s Sparrow and Hammond’s Flycatcher.
A fox sparrow caught in a net
Untangling the bird from the nets is a slow-going operation
Fat measurement is done by blowing on the feathers
Checking a bird's wing
A band is placed on a mature bird's leg
A Dark-eyed Junco before to be released

Slate-colored Junco (Yukon)

April 23rd, 2010
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Yesterday evening, I watched a dozen of Slate-colored Junco (Junco hyemalis) in search of seeds in a small area of forest around Whitehorse (Yukon).
Slate-colored Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Slate-colored Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Slate-colored Junco (Junco hyemalis)

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