Favourite Images of 2017

Over the next few days I will be sharing some of my favourite images I took in 2017. They might not be my best, but they certainly stirred emotions in me. They may have told a story, or been part of one, or they may have been simply a lucky shot. Please feel free to share…
 
First up is a Golden Eagle photographed at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy. These beautiful birds of prey maintain territories as large as 200km or more. They build large nests high up in trees and may return to several years in a row. Most of the breeding takes place in the spring. The female lays up to 4 eggs and then incubates them for 6 weeks. Due to its hunting prowess, the Golden Eagle is regarded with great mystic reverence in some ancient tribal cultures.
 
Shot on the Canon 7D MK II using the 100-400mm VII lens. ISO 250, 1/400th sec., f5.6
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Baby Great Horned Owls

These young Great Horned Owlettes were so cute! They were simply not content to sit there and pose. They had to check out stuff and hop around and wonder why there were a bunch of humans with weird things in front of their faces!
 
From the Canadian Raptor Conservancy last weekend.