17 Favourite New Wildlife Photos from 2017

coyote, Saskatchewan

Coyote and prairie dog, Saskatchewan
Coyote with a freshly caught black-tailed prairie dog, Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan.

We had several wildlife highlights during 2017. Many were close to home, including the opening shot of coyote with a black-tailed prairie dog in Grasslands National Park. Farther afield, a definite highlight was travelling to Mexico to see the phenomenal Monarch butterfly migration. It truly is a spectacular place and surprisingly easy and economical to visit. In case you’re interested in seeing this awesome natural spectacle, we did a posting on how to arrange a visit.
 
Monarch butterflies
Monarch magic. El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve, near Angangueo, Mexico

Monarch butterflies, Mexico
Orange speckled sky. El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve, near Angangueo, Mexico
Monarch Butterflies at El Rosario, Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Mexico.
When the weather warms up around noon, the butterflies take to the sky in the thousands. El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve, near Angangueo, Mexico.
Monarch butterflies
The trees droop with the weight of butterflies. Since butterflies don’t weigh a lot, you can imagine how many there in order to sag tree branches. El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve, near Angangueo, Mexico
Pronghorn, Saskatchewan
Pronghorn are a common sight in southern Saskatchewan, but it’s special to find several together.
Mule deer, Saskatchewan
These mule deer seemed to pose for us on top of the hill in Grasslands National Park.
Mule deer buck, Saskatchewan
An impressive mule deer buck, Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
fawn, Saskatchewan
This tiny fawn looks as if it was just recently born, Meadow Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan.
Bison, Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
Are you looking at me? Bison in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
Red-tailed hawk, Saskatchewan
Red-tailed hawk nest on our farm in the Thickwood Hills, Saskatchewan. It looked as if these youngsters were close to leaving the nest.
Red-tailed hawk, Saskatchewan
The red-tailed hawk adult didn’t seem too pleased that we were near their bush.
moose, Thickwood Hills, Saskatchewan
These two moose were wandering across cropland just south of our farm
Bald Eagle, Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan
On a trip to Lake Athabasca this summer, we camped on a small island on the north shore, with this tree just behind our tent. The eagle must have considered this to be its personal tree, since it would roost here, even when we were close by.
Swainson's Hawk, Southern Saskatchewan
Swainson’s hawk in the Cactus Hills, Saskatchewan.
Waterfowl liftoff, Luck Lake, Saskatchewan
Waterfowl lift-off at Luck Lake Heritage Marsh, Saskatchewan. We try to make a trip to Luck Lake every fall around the end of September or early October to see this awesome spectacle. This fall was spectacular as usual.
snowy owl, Saskatchewan
One of our last wildlife images of 2017 – a snowy owl near Sovereign, Saskatchewan.

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