Bird Photography Contest

Catherine Easton, the dedicated club member who prepares all our slideshows, says:

Hi Everyone:

I am a new volunteer with the Ottawa Wild Bird Care Centre and they are holding a photo contest to select bird photographs for the 2023 CALENDAR.

Each entrant is allowed to submit 5 photographs.   I understand the judges will be Nina & Tony Beck.

I know several of the Executive and some members are fabulous bird photographers – and wondered if this would be of interest.

The DEADLINE IS Sunday August 1st 2022.

Contest details are avaiable here.

Catherine Easton is a STAR!

Cathine Easton, who puts together our slideshows every month, is a STAR!

She recently emailed me to say:

I sent my Cardinal photo to CBC TV weather guy Ian Black because he has a “fun weather photo” file where he shows a couple of seasonal photos sent to him by viewers each night on his CBC TV Weather segment each night at 6pm & 10 pm.

RIVALS by Catherine Easton

Well, I got an email from Ian Black today & he said he was showing the photo this evening.  It was on the 6pm news & will be shown again on the 10 pm-11 pm TV News. 

I think I’m allowed to grin. 

Way to go Catherine!

Kanata’s Beaver Pond II

Phil Tughan was inspired by Javier’s recommendation to shoot at Kanata’s Beaver Pond and reports:

To add to the info on the Beaver Pond, go to the pond by going to the end of Walden Drive at the east end of the pond. The parking lot is completely closed, but you can easily park on the road. The best photography is along the paved walkway along the south side and at the east end of the pond. The western half is marsh and not accessible.

I have attached some Blue Heron photos that I took early in the morning after Javier’s great presentation. These were taken at the east end of the pond at the water’s edge. 

Thanks for sharing Phil

Kanata’s Beaver Pond

In Javier’s excellent presentation last week he featured Kanata’s Beaver Pond.

In case club members don’t know, it’s located here. We’re not sure about the status of the parking lot at the east end.

This map details some of the walking trails in the area.

The images at the top of this post were submitted by club members for our November 2013 monthly asignment. To see more, go here.

Stephen J. Stephen Presenting in April

Meting date was corrected from April 2 to April 9.

Stephen by Jim Cumming

Stephen J. Stephen will be presenting “The Wildlife of Ottawa”, an overview of the wonderful and varied natural subjects that can be found in the greater capital region at our meeting on April 9th at 9:15 a.m.

Stephen graduated with a B.Sc from the University of New Brunswick and, after working for a couple of years, obtained his M.Sc. from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Stephen had been doing 35mm film photography for many years when he moved to digital photography in 2005. He has since focussed his photographic efforts on wildlife with birds being his main subjects.  His knowledge of his subjects allows him to capture and share some of nature’s beauty and behaviour through his images.

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Enjoy a Socially Distant Forest Walk

Tree Fern by Ann Williams

Last week I saw a fellow near my entrance way, photographing from the verge of the road. I invited him into my property and he spent a hour wandering about on his own. It got me thinking I could offer an open invitation to all camera club members who would like a walk in the woods. I live 6 km beyond the village of Carp.  I will re-mark some of the trails in the next day or so, but if you are uneasy about going into the woods there are open spaces to photograph. At the moment there are few biting insects, but there are tics, so dress appropriately. Phone (613 839 2747) or email (careysj@hotmail.com) if you would like to come and I will send you directions. I am home.

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With regards to the forest walk invitation, I do not want to dash hopes about a walk in the woods, but exploring the trails myself this afternoon, I discovered it is not a stroll or a walk, but rather a scramble. The once trail is now blocked by fallen large trees and it may be a challenge, in some areas, to locate the old trail. It would be an outing for the most venturesome or intrepid adventurer.

Sue Carey

Sandy Sharkey

The featured speaker at our meeting on November 2nd will be Sandy Sharkey.

Sandy 9782 By Valerie Keeler, Valberg Imaging

Sandy is a former Ottawa radio announcer who is now pursuing her favourite passion:  photographing wild horses.  She has photographed horses in Mongolia, Costa Rica, and France.  In 2018 Sandy embarked on a 67 day road trip to capture images of wild mustangs in the American southwest.  She is immensely proud of our Canadian wild horses, having visited Sable Island five times to photograph the iconic horses off the coast of Nova Scotia.  In conjunction with Help Alberta Wildies, Sandy documented the magnificent horses living wild and free in Alberta’s Rocky Mountain foothills.

Sandy’s limited edition prints of wild horses can be found in homes and businesses throughout North America, and can be custom ordered at her website. You can also follow Sandy on social media at Facebook, Twitter  (@sandysharkey), and Instagram  (sandysharkeyphotography).