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A bonus on a birding day | by annkelliott
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A bonus on a birding day

I have better luck photographing cats, dogs and horses when I go on Bird Counts, as the birds are almost always too far away! There were two of these gorgeous horses at one of the farms we called in at in the SW quadrant of the Bird Count circle around the small town of Nanton yesterday. Nanton is 70 km south of Calgary, so roughly a 45-minute drive. I've added the list of birds five of us (in two cars) saw yesterday, under the Five Bucks photo below. Continuing past these horses at this farm, there were six Ring-necked Pheasants and two Magpies on the ground. A lovely addition to our list of birds - meaning the Pheasants, of course! I was trying to do as little walking as possible, ha, so didn't try and get any closer to the Ring-neckeds - which of course flew as soon as they saw my two friends approaching.

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Taken on January 2, 2012