Happy 6th Anniversary to Me!

Today is the 6th anniversary of the day I started photographing birds. On May 11th 2011, I photographed my first bird – a Brown Thrasher.

Brown Thrasher (2011)

I now have 425 birds on my photographed life list. They are from 4 different countries:

  • Canada (166)
  • Costa Rica (237)
  • Cuba (16)
  • Mexico (6)

The Canadian ones are taken from 3 different provinces:

  • British Columbia (16)
  • Ontario (1)
  • Saskatchewan (149)

My list increased by an amazing 255 birds this last year, largely due to my birding trip to Costa Rica in December. Every year I do a slide show of the birds I’ve photographed in the last year and post it on Youtube. I’m working on this year’s but it may take awhile – to put together and to watch! If you’re interested in past years’ efforts just search “Dianne’s Birds” on Youtube.

And the last bird added this year? A Loggerhead Shrike, that I photographed on a Golden Eagles trip to Redberry Lake yesterday.

Loggerhead Shrike (2017)

I love birding!

Getting Better

With a new lens, more knowledge (thank you Steve!) and more experience, my bird pictures are improving greatly. Now I can replace some of my older pictures with newer better ones. Here are a few examples:

Red-necked Grebe (2017)

Red-necked Grebe (2012)









Red-winged Blackbird (2017)

Red-winged Blackbird (2011)














Green-winged Teal (2011)

Green-winged Teal (2017)


Golden Eagles Trip (April 27/17)

The Saskatoon Nature Society has an offshoot group of retirees who enjoy birding. We get together each Thursday morning for a planned outing. Today it was out to Osler and then along the Neuhorst road and the surrounding area. It was chilly but we saw lots of birds.

I was happy to get two new birds to add to my life list:

Rough-legged Hawk

Greater Yellowlegs

and better photos than I had before of four other birds:

Greater White-fronted Goose

Vesper Sparrow

Horned Grebe

European Starling

Not a bad day at all!