|Sunrise, Frank Lake, AB|
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There had been no owls in sight on the way to the lake so I was thrilled when I turned around to head back to the car and saw a Short-eared Owl take off from a utility pole and glide across the field, circling once before disappearing over a low ridge. Moments later a pair of Gray Partridge flushed from the field beside the road, landed a few hundred yards away, and then did a poor job of trying to be inconspicuous with a red-orange face among the yellow stubble.
|Gray Partridge, Perdix perdix|
|Rough-legged Hawk, Buteo lagopus|
|Northern Pintail, Anas acuta|
|Northern Pintail in flight|
|Tundra Swan, Cygnus columbianus|
On the way out, I bumped into another member of the Albertabird community. We traded notes and he put me on to a Great Horned Owl nest. For obvious reasons, I didn't want to walk away from the car for photos but admiring the pair, one on the nest and one in nearby tree was a fantastic way to cap off the day.