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Look at this beautiful city I live in! So proud to be a Calgarian. @calgarystampede started today, what are you most excited for?

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Believe it or not, this is not from Banff National Park. This is one of many Comfort Cabin’s in Castle Provincial Park in Southwest Alberta. Don’t take my word for it, go check them out! #explorealberta

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Its been one full year since marrying my best friend. It’s been a joy to spend the past 365 days with someone who I respect, adore, and love with all my heart. I’m very excited to celebrate this past year with @zandaleec 💕

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This video was created from my desire to share one of my favourite Calgary born bands, @beachseason. Last year I was sitting by a pool, wishing something like Beach Season was being played. A year later I get to show you not only a band I love, but the city we all love. One of the many reasons that I #LoveYYC is how inspired I feel being around the other creatives in this city. Thank you @tourismcalgary, @beachseason, and the others involved in this project that make Calgary such an awesome place to be!

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I think it’s impossible to get a photo in this building without anyone in it. If you feel like photoshopping everyone out for me, that would be awesome 🤘🏼

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Our time in Jasper felt more like autumn than summer, but at least we could put our @subtle_park rain coat to use 🧥

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It's Not My Poop! This Anna’s Hummingbird doesn’t look impressed at having what appears to be poop on its lovely iridescent feathers but it’s a great opportunity to write about their poop. As hummingbirds consume a lot of liquid they excrete a clear, liquid urine that sometimes has a yellow tinge (thought to be pollen the birds ingest), unlike the whitish, semi- solid uric acid of most birds. Hummingbirds can expel urine with surprising force; as experienced first hand by banders who found hummers can spray droplets a foot or more. Their digestive system processes nectar so quickly that most liquid passes through in about 20 min. When small drops of hummingbird urine have been examined microscopically they were found to sometimes contain an even smaller black spot.This black matter is indigestible exoskeletal parts from insects eaten by the hummer. Hummingbirds often defecate at takeoff lightening their load! Photo taken Sept 10/19 at French Creek Estuary Land by @savefrenchcreekestuaryland

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Hi everyone from Toronto, Canada! We've had a great 3 days here, despite the weather being a bit off! Lots of cloud and some rain, unfortunately not good for photos. But we've had a nice time exploring the city and the islands, where this shot was taken from! We're leaving this morning and going to pick up our car before driving to Niagara Falls, and it's a beautiful morning, finally! So we should be in for a good, exciting day! Hope you all have a great day, too! #toronto #torontolife #torontoculture #toronto_insta #torontontario #explorecanada #enjoycanada #canada_pic #canadaday #pocket_canada #ig_great_shots_canada #bestcaptureglobal #worlds_beautiful_photos #icu_canada #loves_canada_ #igcanada_ #loves_united_canada #ig_canada #loves_canada #discovering_captures #ipulledoverforthis #kings_villages #bestcaptureglobal #bns_city #explore_earth_ #exceptional_pictures #splendid_urban #torontolove #world_destinations_ #explore_destinations

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Rain Dripping off My Beak (see photo #2) This juvenile Cooper’s hawk had a lot of perseverance as hung in hunting for prey through several heavy periods of rain. The perseverance paid off as after the last downpour - hunting success! The hawk did some serious preening in between the rain until it looked like it was wearing a soft, downy, feather apron. * Immature Cooper’s have medium brown coloured backs and upper wing feathers with white mottling which gives them a checkered look while their white breasts and underparts are streaked brownish.They begin their molt from immature to adult plumage at about one year of age which takes several months to complete. The bluish-green colour of their eyes begins to change to yellow approximately 35-40 days after hatching and will eventually deepen and become red as adults. Photos taken Sept 14/19 at French Creek Estuary Land by @savefrenchcreekestuaryland

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Nest Napping This sleepy little video was taken last May and we just found it so thought we’d share it. Frankie (the chick) wasn’t visible during this visit so was likely resting or sleeping. We did have the delightful experience of watching the male parent nod off to sleep. It seems as though eagle parents take the opportunity to nap when their chick is sleeping just like humans. Eagle webcam viewers in Sidney, BC observed Bald eagles sleeping with “one eye open.” This behaviour isn’t confirmed in eagles but iit is in ground sleeping bird species. The research on this topic shows evidence birds are able to control sleep and wakefulness simultaneously in different areas of the brain (Journal of Behavioural Brain Research). Aquatic mammals have this capability to prevent drowning while sleeping. Video taken May 22/19 at the French Creek Marina by @savefrenchcreekestuaryland

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Seedy Saturday Sometimes natural is better. These American goldfinches seem to prefer the seeds of a perennial Verbena over the food in a feeder. The seed pods are a moving target as the slender stems bend and sway under the weight of each bird, all of 11 – 20 grams of it. The goldfinches are persistent, hopping, fluttering and sometimes sliding down a stem from one flower to the next. One smart little bird figured out how to hold a flower on the ground with his foot while he pecked away at the seeds. Goldfinches have a couple of interesting distinctions. They’re strict vegetarians, (except for the odd insect accidentally eaten), and they are the only finches that molt twice a year, late summer and late winter. The plant is Verbena bonarensis and attracts bees, birds (including hummingbirds), butterflies/moths and other pollinators. It's flowers are rich in nectar and pollen and seeds for birds. It’s a short lived perennial from South America but re-seeds easily, unless they all get eaten! Video taken Sept 11/19 at French Creek Estuary Land by @savefrenchcreekestuaryland

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Spending the afternoon driving back country farm roads teaching kids about farming ... helping them to know how their food is grown and what they are eating ... there aren’t enough opportunities for city kids to learn basic agric-comics #canadianagriculture #growalberta #thankafarmerforyournextmeal #wherefoodcomesfrom #albertafarmer #graincrops #educateyourchildren #foodsource #icu_canada #travelalberta

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Sometimes Sheeba and I chill out enough during camping for one of our humans to snap a picture. ❤️ I think the best part about this trip was that we got to cuddle in a tent with @ellagray2006. And I got to steal the big fluffy blanket 🥰🙊 Oh and swimming! Can't forget that! 😍 #vancouverisland #britishcolumbia #explorevancouverisland #vanislewild #sheebaSomewhere #adventuredognation #hikingwithdogs #dogswhohike #dogsonadventures #campingwithdogs #pnwpups #pitbullsofinstagram #adventurepups #lifeoutdoors #imagesofcanada #icu_canada #brmblife #campingislife #bestdoggos #mansbestfriend #happydogshappylife #lovewhereilive #optoutside @anthgray77 @ellagray2006

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• OttawaPhoto Proudly Presents • Captured by: @mathieufoote Selected by: @boundcast • For a chance to get featured, tag us or use our hashtag #OttawaPhoto

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Friday Nite Flick - Starring an Intergrade This juvenile Intergrade Northern flicker is growing up! We first met this little one when he still had his downy feathers and was being fed by his parents. Now he’s on his own and doing well. It took some time before mastering suet feeding but now he’s a pro. As a fledgling he often nodded off in the sunshine following being fed by his parents. He’s much more vigilant now, keeping a close watch on his surroundings and seemed startled when a hummingbird buzzed by. There’s a lot to learn out there as a young bird. An Intergrade flicker is the result of breeding between a Yellow Shafted flicker (found in northern and eastern Canada) and a Red Shafted flicker (found in the west). Mating is thought to occur when Yellow flickers migrate south and end up in Red flicker territory. This special young male has a mix of plumage from the two types of flickers with the red “whisker” of the Northern flicker but also streaks of red at the nape of his neck found on Yellow flickers. He’s been observed perched and hunting with a female flicker that shows no markings of an Intergrade. Perhaps a sibling or a prospective mate? Maybe there will be a new generation of Intergrades next year! Video taken Sepr 09/19 at French Creek Estuary Land by @savefrenchcreekestuaryland

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• OttawaPhoto Proudly Presents • Captured by: @stefan.snaps Selected by: @boundcast • For a chance to get featured, tag us or use our hashtag #OttawaPhoto

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I took quite a few shots at the sunflower fields the other day! Swipe to see a selection. Turns out that the area is going to be part of a massive waterfront development in Mississauga on the site of an old coal burning power plant. They have apparently planted enough seeds there to have over 1 million blooms. Probably not going to try to count them. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Mississauga area. It’s at 800 Hydro Road. #sunflowers #mylakeviewvillage #spendid_flowers #raw_flowers #natureromantix #icu_canada #fiftyshades_of_nature #bns_nature #pocket_nature #raw_seasons #nature_up_close #nature_perfection #macro #macroflowers

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Stealthy, Swift, Sharp Cooper’s hawks have powerful feet with needle sharp talons (see photo #2). Their talons are made for catching birds as they're long and slender, slipping easily into the plumage to secure the catch. As one of Canada’s three Accipiters, Cooper’s hawks have short, rounded wings and long tails that act as rudders to help them navigate through tight areas. To ambush prey in the woods, they need to move swiftly and masterfully between trees and dense foliage. The eye color of these hawks undergoes a transformation from a bluish gray in nestlings, to yellow in young adults and finally to red as older adults. Referred to as “reluctant migrants,” Cooper's leave the northern most area of their breeding range in winter but spend the non-breeding season farther north than many Sharp-shinned Hawks. On Vancouver Island and in the Fraser Valley we have nonmigratory populations of Cooper’s hawks. Photo taken Sept 01/19 at French Creek Estuary Land by @savefrenchcreekestuaryland

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Love walking around at night and seeing these piece of history that creates my art. The bridge, the Chateau and the water are a part of my final canvas, how I display them to you is my choice. - Creating content is a way of showing you my emotions, my pain and most of all my joy! It’s my way to release the demons, to let my daily stress and to add joy back into my sole. Life is not all about working, about being busy, about stress, life is also about relaxing, de stressing and having a sole mate that understands you, that knows you need time! Time to heal, rejuvenate and time to be crazy funny and laugh at your mistakes. I’ve taken lots of social media breaks this past year, I’m still having a hard time getting to motivate myself to going out and shooting more, creating new canvases for you to enjoy. I’ll be back at it full time soon 😃. I promise I will.

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"It's the glitches and twists, I thought, that make this universe unique and compelling. Without the flaws there would be no depth or substance." -A.M. Jenkins . . . #glitch #effect #photography #hamont #myhamont #hamontenthusiast #pipelineapproved #canada #vsco #ontario #discoverontario #instagrammers #explore #adventure #journeyera #icu_canada #canada_true

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Male Anna’s hummingbirds may be vigorously defending territory at this time of year as upstart juveniles sporting new adult plumage from their molt begin challenging. Scientific observations indicate a male Anna’s territory has two parts, “core territory” (about 1 ha) where the male will attack intruders, and “buffer territory” of variable size where they may attack. If you're a young male Anna' being attacked seems likely!. * Of the 359 recognized species of hummingbirds in the world, Canada has five; Ruby-throated (Alberta to eastern Nova Scotia), Calliope (central interior of BC and southwest Alberta), Black-chinned (interior of southern BC), Rufous (southwest Alberta &Yukon, most of BC), and Anna’s (Vancouver island and parts of southern BC). Ecuador has the distinction of being the country with the most hummingbirds - 163 species. * The smallest hummingbird in the world is the Bee hummingbird, found only in Cuba, at about 5.7 cm long and weighing under two grams - less than a dime. Their nests are barely 2.5 cm across with females laying eggs about the size of a coffee bean. Imagine trying to photograph that! Photo taken Sept 05/19 at French Creek Estuary Land by @savefrenchcreekestuaryland

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I saw this as I’m driving onto the Coastal Celebration (I was the last car!!) and I’m thinking “please don’t change” because I wanted to take a photo of it. I just love how the bright white clouds were reflecting on the water this evening. Wow! • • • #britishcolumbia #canada #sharethecoast #beautifulbc #ig_great_shots_canada #icu_canada #canadiancreatives #oh_canada_ #pnwcollective #victoria #victoriabc #victoriacanada #imagesofcanada #vancouverisland #tourismbc #pacificnorthwest #ilovebc #explorebc #explorevictoria #victoriabuzz #sharevi #amazingvancouverisland #discovervictoriabc #shareyyj #victoriahype #raw_canada #sidneybc

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“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore . . . Dream. . . Discover.” – Mark Twain • It’s hard to believe that in just a few more months scenes such as this will all be a distant memory.☹️ • #thingstodoinyyc #water_brilliance #water_shots #water_captures #icwater #igdaily #yycliving #reflections #landscape_lover #landscape_capture #pocket_water #pocket_waters #ipulledoverforthis #yycthingstodoincalgay #icu_canada

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Nevermore - sound on for the croaks This Common raven’s repeated calling began when nine Turkey vultures arrived to perch. Within a few minutes reinforcement ravens arrived and flew into the perch trees, intimidating the vultures until they all left, one by one. The Raven is honoured in some First Nations stories as being the creator of the earth, but is also portrayed at times as sly tricksters. Other cultures have depicted the raven as a symbol of wisdom, danger or death. This intelligent and remarkable bird is the subject of myth, mystery, and fascination. Legend says that if the captive ravens at the Tower of London leave, the British Empire will fall. Up to 33 categories of vocalizations have been recorded for the Common Raven. The species has a complex vocabulary including low, gurgling croaks, harsh grating sounds and shrill alarm calls. Dominant females may make a rapid “toc toc toc” knocking sound. Ravens mimic sounds from their environment, including wing whistles, bill snapping and the calls of other birds. When raised in captivity, they even imitate human words. Video taken Sept 05/19 at French Creek Estuary Land by @savefrenchcreekestuaryland

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• OttawaPhoto Proudly Presents • Captured by: @asolism Selected by: @loveflutterphotography • For a chance to get featured, tag us or use our hashtag #ottawaphoto

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Estuaries are rare, comprising only 2.3% of British Columbia's coast. They are known as "nature's nurseries" and one of the most productive ecosystems in the world supporting wildlife with food, breeding grounds and migration. The French Creek estuary and surrounding area is included as part of the designated "Important Bird Areas Canada" as a "place of international significance for the conservation of birds and biodiversity." The diversity of its habit adjacent to the Salish Sea with the confluence of two creeks, older growth Coastal Douglas fir forest, marsh, pond, wetlands and meadow, attracts an abundance of resident and migrational birds. Rare bird sightings in the last four weeks include Yellow-billed loons, Sabine’s gull, Long-tailed Jaeger and Townsend's Solitaire. This is a favoured "hot spot" on mid Vancouver Island for birders. Visit our profile for a petition link to help protect this ecologically important area. Photos taken at French Creek estuary August 15/19 by @savefrenchcreekestuaryland

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• OttawaPhoto Proudly Presents • Captured by: @toms_photos Selected by: @boundcast • For a chance to get featured, tag us or use our hashtag #OttawaPhoto

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You thought the hoodoo’s in Drumheller were wild? Wait until you visit Writing On Stone Provincial Park #explorealberta

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A Quail Tale - Swipe for Parts 1, 2 and 3 You might need popcorn for this! A mini trilogy of a California quail’s night time adventures. It’s a bedtime story of quirky rituals and behaviour that may surprise you. * The tale opens with Dad showing off and Mom gathering the chicks for bed. She stands facing the roosting tree and one obedient little chick flutters up to bed. Mom quickly flies up too but the rest of the brood lag run to Dad, more interested in food than sleep. * It’s all quiet; no calling from Mom, yet eventually, one by one, each chick turns to face the tree, takes a little run and flies up to roost while the others on the ground pause to watch. Finally just Dad and one last chick are left. The wayward chick strides off and flies up to bed too. * Now Dad’s all alone, his family safely tucked up in the dense foliage, completely hidden from sight. He’s free of responsibility and heads quickly down the trail away from the tree. But where’s he going? To his own private reserve dust bath! When he’s all dusted and done Dad takes up his position in the roost tree. Video taken Aug 15/19 at French Creek Estuary Land by @savefrenchcreekestuaryland

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Beautiful views from the ferry ride on Chi-cheemaun between the Bruce Peninsula to Manitoulan Island as we crossed Lake Huron. The sounds of Jimmy Buffet drew us up to Lees’s Shipwreck restaurant for some fun Carribean vibes and great fish and chips before we left the docks at Tobermory. The night skies in these areas are huge attractions to photographers. The joys of no light pollution bring people in from near and far to capture the Milky Way and northern lights. Certain campgrounds are set up strictly for that purpose. Too bad this glamper was afraid of the dark 🤷🏻‍♀️I was so pleased to see how clean and crystal clear the water was as we walked around the harbour. 🇨🇦 it was all so well maintained. You could feel the respect for the environment in the whole area. That stretch of water reports holding the worlds largest freshwater biosystem. We arrived at Southbay on Manitoulan Island and continued to enjoy the rocky landscape. There were so many more places we would liked to stop but time didn’t allow for this trip. It is now time to be putting in some long days of driving as we continue westward. #mydaytoday2019 #lakehuron #roadtrip #lighthouse #rocksandwater #iheartcanada #icu_canada #explorecanada #mschicheemaun #leesshipwreckbarandbistro #tobermory #gorvingcanada

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The first comedy album I had the pleasure of recording for the amazing @zedlacher who was kind enough to send a vinyl copy with a beautiful hand written note. Recorded live in Winnipeg at @rumorscomedy and insane cover art by @mt_illustration looks amazing on the big vinyl cover - Pete is absolutely hilarious, a true class act, and can’t thank him enough for trusting me on my first of these ventures. Thank you sir! Get it on iTunes, it gets regular play on SiriusXM “Canada Laughs” channel, and if you have a chance to catch Pete Zedlacher live - do it. • • • • • • #comedy #laughwinnipeg #hilarious #winnipeg #standup #standupcomedy #wpgnow #wpgevents #wpg365 #wpg #204 #exploremb #laugh #ywg #gowpg #fortheloveofwinnipeg #explorewpg #narcitywpg #bestofmanitoba #allthingswinnipeg #icu_canada #ig_canada #enjoycanada #igcanada #winnipeglive #onlyinthepeg #winnipegcomedy #rumorscomedy #canadiancomedy

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Teenage Rebels The incessant call of a Raven often means something’s up. The “something up” was nine Turkey vultures roosting together, a combination of adults and juveniles. Six are in the tree on the left, one in the skinny middle tree, and two on the right (one well hidden in the upper branches, right side). They didn’t have the luxury of staying long as apparently the Raven heard earlier called in the troops. Six or seven Ravens flew in and occupied the same trees, causing the Vultures to fly out one by one. Ravens may be aggressive to competitors (both eat carrion) while Turkey vultures are known to be shy and non- aggressive. Ravens mate for life and live in pairs. Large groups of ravens are likely young birds that have left their parents but aren’t old enough to breed. These flocks of young birds form “gangs,” living and eating together until they find mates. Seems it’s stressful to be an adolescent as scientists discovered higher levels of stress hormones in “teenage raven” droppings than in those of mated adults. It’s never easy being a teenage rebel. Photos taken Sept 5/19 at French Creek Estuary Land by @savefrenchcreekestuaryland

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So far I’ve only made it to Moraine Lake once this year. If this were any other year, there’s a good chance I would have been a dozen times by the end of the summer. Weekends have been filled with other tasks, but I hope to return to Moraine and the mountains again before the snow hits.

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