Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Lucky day at Elk Island National Park

On Sunday morning, Lee and I had the pleasure of taking a young L'Arche assistant from Germany to Elk Island National Park. We prepared Birte by saying that we've been there a few times when all we've seen were birds... but that's not what happened this time. We had a lovely, if chilly, morning, and took plenty of pictures. I'm not sure Birte knows just how lucky she was -- we managed to see a few herds of bison, and we've never seen a single moose in the park before, never mind two hanging out together! Here are a few pictures, for your enjoyment...


The two young bison behind the tree were butting heads...


We thought there was only one moose at first, but then they moved apart...


Brothers hanging out together, maybe?


This picture doesn't do justice to the beaver's 
engineering of terraced ponds


Birte took more pictures than I did --
but I can go back almost any time...


Astotin Lake was frozen at the edges... and my fingers were, too...


These bison weren't happy -- we disrupted their nap, 
and they shambled off into the trees...

On our way home, we stopped at the places where we'd seen the moose and bison as we came into the park, and they were gone. So if you're heading to Elk Island National Park, we recommend going early in the day... though that doesn't necessarily guarantee animal sightings. Apparently, there are more elk than any other kind of animal in the park, and we've yet to spot even one after many visits. Perhaps that's part of the fun of nature watching -- sometimes you simply get lucky.

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