Toward the end of our time in the Rockies, we had a magnificent encounter with a bull elk and his harem of 14 cows on a small sandy island along a shallow river. Though we had to leave for Vancouver the next day for other work, we were able to get our first taste of the rut, and are hoping to head back to Alberta within the next few weeks to catch the clashing of the bulls.
We also had a bit of luck on rural Alberta roads, where we were fortunate to find a great grey owl nest and photograph the female, flying low along the prairie landscape, in search of food for her two young.
In Banff, our few trips into the field yielded us several sightings of one of our favourite bears, 126. Of course, 126 was part of our incredible “bear fight” encounter, but we also saw him cavorting with grizzlies 134, 161 and 138. To be able to witness and document unique behaviour and help tell a more well-rounded story about the lives of grizzlies is truly what drives our shared passion for these animals.
And finally, one of our favourite locations in Banff, Castle Junction, provided us with many photographic opportunities. From fishing ospreys to stunning sunsets, we frequently spent time just waiting in this area to see what we could see and often were rewarded with stunning sights and light.