Top 12 Most Memorable Encounters
Coming off a spectacularly lucky (photographically) year, 2017 was a no good, awful, downright miserable stretch of bad luck. Though we spent more time in the field than ever, we captured content only about 10% of the time we set out to look for wildlife. Yet for all the bad luck, we had some incredible moments – and, based on our last two forays into the Rockies, our luck also seems to be changing. Here’s hoping 2018 is the best year yet.
It’s fair to say that Jasper is easily our favourite park in the Canadian Rockies and making the decision to leave the park for the work that beckons on our computer screens at home is never easy. But after our November trip to Jasper, the decision to come home proved genius, as days after our return we were able to net one of our best ever wildlife days with a mink in a local park. With friends Kerrie Martin and Jamie Pentney, we were able to decipher mink tracks and quickly located what we believed to be a young mink, documenting a day in its life. Though we’ve had plenty of mink encounters before, this was the first chance we’ve had to observe and capture the full range of the small mustelid’s behaviour, including catching seven fish. Mink are often nocturnal, incredibly shy and extremely fast. To have the luck of a daytime encounter and study the animal without it being stressed by human presence seemed like winning the lottery. Plus, any day that yields over 3500 images without having to drive more than 20 kilometres isn’t too shabby!