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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Sanctuary

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Sanctuary prompt.

On reading the prompt I didn’t have any ideas for some time. Then I thought about the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The National Wildlife Area includes the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary, the first federal bird sanctuary in North America.

 

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The sanctuary is a breeding area for American White Pelicans.

 

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A section of the sanctuary at sunset in the autumn.

 

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Snow Geese on autumn migration in the sanctuary.

 

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A section of the sanctuary at sunset in the winter.

 

22 replies on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Sanctuary”

Beautiful images David and what a fabulous sanctuary for the birds – thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

Glorious place David, beautifully captured. Oh those snow geese……one of these days I will see them. Until then your image is a wonderful reminder of their beauty in flight.

Thanks Tina. When I was fact checking the post I saw a reference to a peak of 450,000 geese on autumn migration. Now that includes other species of geese but a vast majority of them will be snow geese.

Oh wow – now I want to see them even more so! We get a small migration about an hour from my home but no guarantees they’ll be around when you try. Probably 20 or 30 geese. A far different experience.

BTW, some years ago my husband and I were traveling and drove by a lake with hundreds of geese. We had a time deadline and couldn’t stop and of course they were gone when we returned. A sad moment for me.

There was a second location close to Last Mountain Lake that also held huge numbers, the Quill Lakes. I did read that water levels in the Quill Lakes were up a lot so it’s possible some of the birds traditionally using the Quill Lakes have moved to Last Mountain Lake if the habitat is less suitable around Quill Lakes now.

Thanks Patti. I half remembered read it was the first federal bird sanctuary in North America so when I checked and confirmed that it seemed an obvious choice for the challenge.

Thank you. I sat in the water with a flock of around 30 pelicans as they fished in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake. After a while they got so used to me being there they were mostly ignoring me.

Thanks Amy. Once I confirmed that it was the first federal bird sanctuary in North America it was an obvious topic for the challenge.

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