Wanuskewin Park

Images from a photography project about the Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon

Male Northern Shoveler, Wanuskewin Park

Posted by on 30. December 2012 in Wanuskewin Park | Comments Off on Male Northern Shoveler, Wanuskewin Park

Male Northern Shoveler, Wanuskewin Park

Male Northern Shoveler displaying, Wanuskewin Park. This dabbling duck species is unmistakable due to its large spoon-like bill. They feed by dabbling for plant food, often by swinging its bill from side to side and using the bill to strain food from the water. Small, comb-like structures on the edge of the bill act like sieves, allowing the bird to filter the food particle from the water surface. Males are very colourful, with iridescent dark green head and brightly red coloured body. I observed this male occasionally flapping its wings and waited for a right moment to capture the image. Water was of a very similar colour thanks to the reflection of dry reeds in the background (I was slightly raised from the water surface and managed to avoid capturing any of the confusing background vegetation). Back to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park photo...

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Solitary Canada Goose at Wanuskewin

Posted by on 28. December 2012 in Wanuskewin Park | Comments Off on Solitary Canada Goose at Wanuskewin

Solitary Canada Goose at Wanuskewin

Solitary Canada Goose on the banks of Opimihaw Creek. Canada Geese nest in the vicinity of Wanuskewin and can be seen almost all year round (except in the middle of winter when any open water and South Saskatchewan River are frozen solid) . I photographed this goose in early May along the Opimihaw creek running through the park. Vegetation was still brown and I like how brown shoots of grass frame the bird. Back to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park photo gallery....

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Richardson’s ground squirrel at Wanuskewin

Posted by on 26. December 2012 in Wanuskewin Park | Comments Off on Richardson’s ground squirrel at Wanuskewin

Richardson’s ground squirrel at Wanuskewin

Richardson ground squirrel at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon Better known under the common name ‘gopher’, ground squirrels were named after the Scottish naturalist Sir John Richardson. They prefer prairie habitat with short grass so they can betters see predators. And there are many: coyotes, foxes, hawks. This fellow had a burrow right beside the Wanuskewing Park interpretive centre. I placed my tripod downhill from where the animal was grazing, to be able to take the image at the same level. When photographing small critters, whether they are animals or children, they look much better if you bring the camera to their level. Back to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park photo...

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Fall colours along South Saskatchewan River

Posted by on 5. February 2012 in Wanuskewin Park | Comments Off on Fall colours along South Saskatchewan River

Fall colours along South Saskatchewan River

Fall colours along South Saskatchewan River at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon. This image was taken on the east edge of the Opimihaw Creek valley, very close to a spot where eroding action of the South Saskatchewan River forms steep cliffs called Cathedral Peak. A 1.3 km long Trail of the Buffalo leads from the Information centre to a rest stop with a bench, and a magnificent view of the valley & South Saskatchewan River below. Back to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park photo...

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Fall colours along South Saskatchewan River at Wanuskewin

Posted by on 5. February 2012 in Wanuskewin Park | Comments Off on Fall colours along South Saskatchewan River at Wanuskewin

Fall colours along South Saskatchewan River at Wanuskewin

Fall colours along South Saskatchewan River at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon. A 1.3 km long Trail of the Buffalo leads from the Information centre to a rest stop with a bench, and a magnificent view of the valley & South Saskatchewan River below. This image was taken on the east edge of the Opimihaw Creek valley, very close to steep cliffs called Cathedral Peak. The viewpoint is looking south, towards the city of Saskatoon. Back to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park photo...

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