Frank Lake

About fifty kilometers south of Calgary is a wetland called Frank Lake. Controlled by Ducks Unlimited Canada, the wetland is special due to the fact that it is one of the few places in the area to see the White-Faced Ibis.

White-faced ibis flying
White-faced ibis flying

I went there this past weekend and had great fun seeing all types of birds. The big draw for the area is the permanent blind that has been set up to give visitors a place to sit and watch quietly. Between the parking space (Which is little more than a cul-de-sac) and the blind is a hundred yard boardwalk through tall reeds. This early in the year, the reeds haven’t had enough time to grow tall but there are still a few stubborn ones from last year for some birds to perch on, like this Yellow-Headed Black Bird.

Yellow-Headed Black Bird in reeds

Once inside the blind, Ducks Unlimited Canada has outfitted the walls with pictures of the most commonly seen water birds. To the front, the blind looks out over the lake while on the left and right sides, the blind looks out over more sheltered parts of the lake. Its to the left and right that I find most birds seem to be during the day.

One little tip is that, if you were to go to the edge of the blind in the front and lean out while looking under the eves of the blind, you would see a tiny little swallow nest. There are some babies in there so don’t get too close but if you keep an eye on it, you will see the parents flying to and fro providing food for the babies. Sometimes the parents also allow for some great photos on their mission.

Swallow on a Fence Post
Swallow on a Fence Post
Swallows in blind
Swallows in blind

All in all Frank Lake is a great day trip out where you can relax for a bit and watch the day go by. Its not strenuous to get there and nothing too surprising, so take a book, go and relax for a few hours and get some great shots of birds. Definitely recommend this place! Below are a few shots from my trip down there.

Frank Lake Pathway
Frank Lake Pathway

 

Baby Swallows
Baby Swallows