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.
Maggie the Duck
Writing a business plan for a new project isn’t the easiest task in the world and we discovered that, for us at least, a sustained period of singular focus is necessary to put pen to paper on a new idea. As such, for a long stretch we elected to forgo the drive to the mountains in search of wildlife to document and instead got our nature fix from a reclaimed wetland area about a block from our apartment. We were elated to discover osprey, eagles, muskrat and even a beaver family, but it was the flock of mallard ducks that captured out heart, namely one female we nicknamed Maggie. No matter where on the pond she was, her behaviour made her easily identifiable and her antics provided a welcome release from the seriousness of developing a new project. Indeed, our nightly visits to watch Maggie and her compatriots gave us a new appreciation for ducks and ranked as one of our favourite encounters of the year.