Bill Bickle Photography, William Bickle Photography
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Timber Wolf, interior of British Columbia Canada
August 2008......Bill was featured in a month long exhibit at the John M Parrott Art Gallery with over 25 Images


Three Arabian horses' heads grouped together. 

The Arabian horse is a breed of horse that originated in the Middle East. With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world
Khutzeymateen, where significant tides make great Clam Beaches. This Grizzly at Very low tide was looking in the sand for clams. These background boulders are submerged at higher tide.
Khutzeymateen, Early afternoon in the shade of a mountain, I witnessed an amazing encounter with Grizzly Bear Family. Mom was so tired and Baby was Very Hungry. As Baby purred to get moms attention , it was feeding time. Shortly after this image Mom went and rested at the Shoreline with a large boulder as her back rest & went about nursing this cub. The Cub continued to PURR as it nursed. An Amazing & Intimiate encounter to be remembered!
" AWARD Winning " This has been very popular...With winning Canadian Wildlife Photography in the first ever Canadian Geographic Wildlife competition hosted by Canadian Geographic and the Canadian Museum of Nature, with a National tour into major museums across Canada!
Bull Elk image captured in Northern Ontario Canada
" Treading Water " ..Grizzly Bear swimming, Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary Northern British Columbia Canada
Arabian Philly

With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world.
Bill has been Awarded the " Photographer of the Year  " with the Napanee Photography Club several times,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011, 
2012, 2013 
 


Arabian Stallion  bay boy

Throughout history, Arabian horses from the Middle East spread around the world by both war and trade, used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and good bone.
Arabian Stallion

The Arabian developed in a desert climate and was prized by the nomadic Bedouin people, often being brought inside the family tent for shelter and protection.
Bald Eagle,

 The Bald Eagle is a large bird, with a body length of  28–40 in, a wingspan of 71–92 in, and a mass of 5.5–15 lb; females are about 25 percent larger than males
Bald Eagle,

This sea eagle has two known sub-species and forms a species pair with the White-tailed Eagle.
Bald Eagle - The adult Bald Eagle has a brown body with a white head and tail, and bright yellow irises, taloned feet, and a hooked beak; juveniles are completely brown except for the yellow feet. Males and females are identical in plumage coloration.
 " Singled Out " ..One Antler Moose for Algonquin Park Ontario Canada
Grizzly Bear feeding on Sedge Grass in springtime, within Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary in northern B.C. Canada .

" AWARD Winning Photo "
" Spirit Hunter " ...Kermode Bear or Spirit Bear of Great Bear Rainforest Northern British Columbia Canada
Belted Kingfisher,

The Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a large, conspicuous and noisy water kingfisher, the only member of that group commonly found in the northern United States and Canada.
 They have keen eyesight with polarising filters to cut out water reflection and better see their prey. They also learn to compensate for refraction. When they plunge into the water, the eyes are protected by a membrane. So they actually catch their prey blind, relying on touch to decide when to snap their bills shut. They then fly straight out of the water with their prey in their bills.
Elk in Snow, This Image has been chosen to appear in the National Wildlife Mammal Calendar  2012. 

As well it has been Featured as Cover for Country Roads Magazine. 

The elk, or wapiti (Cervus canadensis), is one of the largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest mammals in North America.
June 2008 ...Shell UK Wildlife Photographer of the year. Four of my Images were selected as Finalist. With over 32,000 entries...Not bad. 



Gray Wolf, 

The grey wolf or gray wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the timber wolf or simply wolf, is the largest wild member of the Canidae family.
Eastern  Wolf,

In areas where human cultures and wolves are sympatric, wolves frequently feature in the folklore and mythology of those cultures, both positively and negatively.
Great Blue Heron,

The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family.
Great Blue Heron  068,

Adult herons, due to their size, have few natural predators, but can be taken by bald eagles, great horned owls and, less frequently, red-tailed hawks
August 2007    Intelligencer Newspaper ... Annual Photo Competition...." Freeze Frame"...Grand Prize Winner !
Great Blue Herons  build a bulky stick nest, and the female lays three to six pale blue eggs. One brood is raised each year
Great Blue Herons locate their food by sight and usually swallow it whole. Herons have been known to choke on prey that is too large.It is generally a solitary feeder. Individuals usually forage while standing in water, but will also feed in fields or drop from the air, or a perch, into water.
As large wading birds, Great Blue Herons are able to feed in deeper waters, and thus are able to harvest from niche areas not open to most other heron species.
Green Heron
This species is named for its cat-like call but, like many members of the Mimidae family, it also mimics the songs of other birds, as well as tree frogs and even mechanical sounds
Immature Big Horn Sheep
The Bull will remain strongly attached to the proximity and the readiness of his females.
"RED"...Red Squirrel  Algonquin Provincial Park Ontario Canada
" BIG Wing " ...Bald Eagle northern Pacific Ocean British Columbia Canada
" Scar Face "..Seasoned Black Bear...Great Bear Rainforest Northern British Columbia Canada
" Innocent " .. Red Fox Kit, recently emerged from its den Moira Ontario Canada
" Curious, Shy, Alert "... Grizzly Bear Family in Great Bear Rainforest Northern British Columbia Canada .

" AWARD winning Photo"
" Bold Belted Kingfisher " ..Moira Ontario Canada
Ring Billed Gull
Bull elks, testing each other for dominancy!
Snowy Egret
Mute Swans
Ruby Throated Hummingbird hovering in mid-flight
red wing Blackbird  male
redwing Blackbird male
Osprey
December 2007 .... Bill was honoured with Honourable Mention with National Geographic Magazine, International Photo Competition. His winning Image of a Great Blue Heron in conflict with a Mallard Duck. The HM was very meaningful to Bill and feels Very Honoured to be recognized with such an amazing Competion. With over 148,000 entries Bill feels like a First Place winner.Female Mallard duck defending her young from a Great Blue Heron.

July 2008 & 2013... Natures Best Magazine... Finalist. 

December 2008   Canadian Geographic Magazine & Canadian Museum of Nature awarded CANADIAN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY of the year. This was followed up with a year long Travelling Exhibit at major Museums across Canada.  

BEST-In-Show....  Annual Print Photo Competition 2012... 

Second Place..INTERNATIONAL Competition 2013... "Chasing the Light"  

National Wildlife Federation..."Final Page" June 2013 FEATURED..
 
June 2013... 3rd placing in Canada, CAPA ...4 nations cup!

It feeds in shallow water or at the water's edge during both the night and the day, but especially around dawn and dusk. It uses its long legs to wade through shallow water, and spears fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill.
These birds forage on the ground in leaf litter. They mainly eat insects and berries and sometimes lizards,eggs,and frogs; in the winter quarters.

Because it has a syrinx like most birds, it is able to make two sounds at the same time. The alarm call resembles the quiet calls of a male mallard.
Male Big Horn Sheep ,

The horns can weigh up to 30 pounds, while the sheep themselves weigh up to 500 pounds .
Southern Alberta near Waterton Park
Noisy and always Hungry, Great Flying skills
Algonquin Park resident,   Friendly,Inquisitive, Entertaining !  

Canada Jay
Brown Pelican in Flight CUBA, frequent visitor over water, often seen in small groups of 3 or 4 Cruising
Cuba,  Brown Pelican, Great flying skills, and ever alert for a meal
Eastern Kingbird being Vocal & territorial 
They wait on an open perch and fly out to catch insects in flight, sometimes hovering to pick food off vegetation.
Alpha Male, only the Alpha male is allowed to breed within the pack. 
Generally, mating occurs between January and April — the higher the latitude, the later it occurs.A pack usually produces a single litter unless the breeding male mates with one or more subordinate females. During the mating season, breeding wolves become very affectionate with one another in anticipation of the female's ovulation cycle. The pack tension rises as each mature wolf feels urged to mate. During this time, the breeding pair may be forced to prevent other wolves from mating with one another.
Gray wolf in Haliburton area with recent kill, enjoing the carcass
The Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) is a medium-sized member of the woodpecker family. is one of the few woodpecker species that migrates, and is the only woodpecker that commonly feeds on the ground. There are over 100 common names for the Northern Flicker. Among them are: Yellowhammer,gaffer woodpecker,harry-wicket, heigh-ho. Many of these names are attempts at imitating some of its calls.
Red Fox in Springtime. Algonquin Park resident after long winter, shown here shedding his winter coat and hungry.
Bull Moose in Algonquin.  Getting some relief from the Flies. Replenishing necessary protein & sodium from long winter. 
Did you know?

A male Moose grows and then sheds its antlers each year (unlike horns which remain throughout an animal's life). Moose antlers are the fastest type of growing bone known on the planet. A Moose may grow a set of antlers weighing up to 25 kilograms in just five months!
The largest North American heron, it is blue-gray overall, the neck is rusty-gray, with black and white streaking down the front; the head is paler, with a nearly white face, and a pair of black plumes running from just above the eye to the back of the head. The bill is dull yellowish, becoming orange briefly at the start of the breeding season.
Wolves differ from domestic dogs in a more varied nature. Anatomically, wolves have a comparatively larger brain capacity. Larger paw size, yellow eyes, longer legs, and bigger teeth further distinguish adult wolves from other canids, especially dogs.
Only one species occurs in the Old World, where it is commonly known simply as the "Wren"; it is called Winter Wren in North America.
They are mainly small and inconspicuous, except for their loud and often complex songs.
Cyclura nubila, also known as the Cuban Rock Iguana or Cuban Iguana is an endangered species of lizard of the genus Cyclura. It is the largest of the West Indian rock iguanas, one of the most globally endangered groups of lizards in the world
Touchy-Feely
A spoonbill feeds more by touch than by sight - - a handy adaptation for an animal that often feeds in water that's muddy or clogged with dense vegetation. The horny bill is equipped with sensitive touch receptors that detect vibrations given off by prey. When something touches the inside of the spoon, the bill closes on it quickly. This keen sense of touch and fast reflexes allow the bird to feed in cloudy water, and at night.
Birds of a Feather?
Spoonbills are very social birds. They spend most of their time in the company of other spoonbills, as well as other water birds. Not only do they feed in groups, but they nest in colonies with ibises, storks, cormorants, herons and egrets.
Fun Facts
It's ironic that roseate spoonbills were hunted for their plumage: their feather color fades rapidly, so the fans and hats made from their plumes had only a limited lifespan.
A spoonbill's nostrils are located at top of the bill, making it possible for the bird to breathe while the bill is under water.
The roseate spoonbill gets much of its pink color from the food it eats. The crustaceans that it eats feed on algae which contain pigments that impart a pink/red color
Not a Flamingo!
  
Habitat: Freshwater and saltwater wetlands 


It's easy to confuse an adult roseate spoonbill with a flamingo, until you look at their bills. Though both wading birds are bright pink, it's not hard to know which species is called "spoonbill."
The Old World eagle-owls make up the genus Bubo, at least as traditionally circumscribed. Some of the largest living Strigiformes are in Bubo. Traditionally, only owls with ear-tufts were included here, but this is now known to be wrong.
Black Bear in search of the River Salmon. 

Although the Salmon were in record numbers in 2010. The Great Bear Rainforest did Not have a very sucessful salmon run. 

Bears & over 200 species rely heavily on this salmon run. 

Bears require the added energy & fat supplied by the salmon,  to be able to sustain the upcoming hibernation period.
The brownish coloration of the female may also serve as an anti-predator trait in that it may provide camouflage for her and her nest (while she is incubating).Owls and diurnal raptors are both regular predators of adults.
Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year.

Some cultures revere the elk as a spiritual force. In parts of Asia, antlers and their velvet are used in traditional medicines.
Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies.
Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot in the center of each hindwing from which pheromones are released. Males are also slightly larger.

The bluebird is a symbol of happiness and optimism in numerous cultures around the world.
The juvenile is paler in color than the adult male and has dark spots on its breast, and whitish wing coverts. First-year birds are not easily distinguishable from adults, but they tend to be duller, and a small percentage retains a few juvenile wing coverts or other feathers.
Wading in Pond Searching for Frogs
Very Old Church near Cochrane  Alberta
Dark phased Timber Wolf walking in Mountain Stream
Female Timber Wolf  with water dripping from her mouth
Timber Wolf in Rocky Mountain Stream
KHUTZEYMATEEN  in 2016   Was a Sunny Bright day , making image capture quite difficult. This Alpha Male Grizzly was on the Scent as we followed him along the shoreline . He would go into the water and swim when the land travelling got too severe. But he continued on, with a destination in mind.
Eastern  Wolf,

In areas where human cultures and wolves are sympatric, wolves frequently feature in the folklore and mythology of those cultures, both positively and negatively
Bill has been honoured to be included in the Featured "Special Edition" Magazine as the Best Wildlife Images for 2011. This is the Collectors Edition.
 The " Spirit Bear"  of Great Bear Rain Forest 

The Kermode Bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as the "Spirit Bear", is a subspecies of the American Black Bear living in the north coast of British Columbia, and noted for about 1/10 of their population having white or cream-coloured coats. This colour morph is due to a recessive allele common in the population. They are not albinos and not any more related to polar bears or the "blond" brown bears of Alaska's “ABC Islands” than other members of their species.
Because of their ghost-like appearance, "Spirit Bears" hold a prominent place in the mythology of the Canadian First Nations  of the area. A male Kermode bear can reach 225 kg (500 lb) or more, females are much smaller with a maximum weight of 135 kg (300 lb). Straight up it stands 180 cm (6 ft) tall.


Technical Stuff: Nikon D700 / Nikon 200-400 VR lens/ Speed 1/160 / F7.1/ ISO 800 @ 330mm
Taken @ "Klemtu"  A Native Village in the Rainforest

Many Salmon were Swimming and many were already Expired and exposed above the River flow, some Salmon were lodged between Rocks where Birds gorged themselves. A  beautiful flying  bird common to this area. 





Nikon D700   / Nikon Lens 200-400 VR / @ F7.1 / ISO 6400 / 1/1000 Speed
 Spirit Bear searching the River for Salmon
Spirit Bear Pondering the Moment in search of a Chub Salmon
Raven enjoing an Expired Salmon in Klemtu  

The indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest of North America were well aware of the raven's multifaceted nature, and Raven was revered as a major deity and something of a trickster. He features frequently in the distinctive artwork of these people.
Humpback whale preparing for a Deep Dive
A Raven with Attitude in Klemtu 

Ravens spend the first three to four years of their lives moving in and out of loose-knit “gangs”, in which they meet and court prospective partners. Once they have mated and established a territory, adult ravens maintain their social and sexuality intimacy through ritualized gestures

Raven (Txaamsm or Wigyet): Raven is the culture hero of the Tsimshian and other Northwest Coast tribes. He is a revered and benevolent transformer figure who helps the people and shapes their world for them, but at the same time, he is also a trickster character and many Raven stories have to do with his frivolous or poorly thought out behavior getting him into trouble. Txaamsm is the hero's personal name and is pronounced similsr to chahm-sum Wigyet is pronounced similar to weeg-yet Occasionally he may also be referred to by the name Gaax (pronounced similar to gawkh), which is the literal Tsimshian word for "raven."
gull in Flight searching for a meal

The Big House was constructed in homage to the traditional long houses of the Tsimshian First Nations.
" Dripping Wet "..Mature male Grizzly Bear,..Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary Northern British Columbia Canada .

" AWARD Winning Photo "
" Saucy "...Attitude was evident as this young Belted Kingfisher warned off competition, Moira Ontario Canada
Image taken in the Great Bear Rainforest of Norther BC Canada. 

This Image was chosen by David Suzuki in Nature of Things, Annual Photo Competition 2011, and was awarded an Honourable Mention. David liked the image so well He included it in his Annual Calendar 2012.
This Image of a Green Heron was awarded in the Annual,  Canadian Wildlife Photography of 2010. Sponsored by Canadian Geographic Magazine & Museum of Nature Ottawa. This is the second time Bill has been honoured in their Competitions.
Very colourful & Quick. Brilliant Emerald colour of the male when seen in the sunlight.
The Kermode Bear is a Subspecies of the American Black Bear. 
A Rare specimen these guys. The light coloured fur allows daytime feeding where the Black bears may get too hot with their dark coats and venture into deep woods or covered rivers.
Searching for the returning Salmon , prior to Winter Hibernation is a Full-Time job .
Good timing to  catch the Pelican catching a small fish
Very large Timber Wolf in Northern BC Canada. These Northern Wolves Are largest specimens of the Breed. Taken in early fall conditions.
Tail dancing is very common practice !! :)
Winter is Great time for the Porcupine, usually high up in a tree and will venture down as Nightime arrives.
All season a regular visitor but Muted colours during the Snow Season
Nocturnal is his preference
Winter Time is difficult to acquire adequate food reserves for these Big-Cats. 
This Big Guy seems intent on eating something soon !!
Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary  in Northern British Columbia Canada. The Alaskan Mountains are about 25 miles and visible as we Fly into this Pristine Rainforest. It is Grizzly Breeding Season here in May 2012, The Glaciers are receding here but still evidence of the Spring Time Snow covered Mountains.   This large male Grizzly has just ascended from the waters of the estuary and is really focused on the trail of a mature female grizzly. 

This Image has been selected as Award Winning with the Canadian Geographic , Wildlife Photography of the Year 2012! The HM is highly honoured within the industry. This Image has been Selected by Canadian Museum of Nature and will be Featured at their Ottawa Museum the season of 2013. As well a National Tour in Featured Museums across Canada in 2013. 

This image is featured in the "Collectors Edition of Best Wildlife of 2013!
This young Female Grizzly was attempting to elude the Large Male Grizzly. During High tide the waters of the estuary allowed this bear to swim across to a remote and safe location. It is breeding season in the Khutzeymateen ( May 2012) but she is Not ready to accept the Male... YET. During my time spent  in the Khutzeymateen  there were some Amazing Interactions. Following this Courtship was a treat to witness. She kept the Male a very safe distance from her & the male was respectful and evident of her desire to keep a distance . As time went by She allowed the Male to get within breeding closeness, I think this Honey Coloured Bear was coming into Season!  

The Image has been chosen as the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the year 2012. Canadian Museum of Nature will be exhibiting this Image , along with other winners in their Ottawa Museum, starting in 2013. Following that a Canadian Tour to Museums across Canada!  
Featured in Parks Canada 2014 Magazine "Special Edition"
Wild Female Grizzly Bear with her Yearling cubs in Background. She was showing me her Dominant Side while perched on this boulder. The Claws are at their longest now as she has recently emerged from her winter dormancy. During the next few months the Claws which are Not retractable will wear down with her foraging. The cubs may stay with her for several seasons until thety will venture off on their own. It's Breeding Season now in the Khutzeymateen and mother bear is On Guard for unwanted intruders. The Baby Bears can move quickly &  climb the trees for safety at a very quick rate. Mature Grizzly Bears can not climb trees .
As the Winter snow recedes and Glaciers melt in the  Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary May 2012. This Veteran is about 25 years, according to the knowledgeable guide. He is the father of many bears who live and pass through this Rain Forest. 
Seen here with damaged eye and  missing fur as he emerged recently from his winter dormancy period. He is following the scent of a Female Bear as it is Bear Breeding season here in the Khutzeymateen. 
Travelling the shoreline is much quicker with low tide. The Tide here can reach in excess of 25 feet.
This Very large Kermode Bear or known as "SPRIT BEAR" surprised me as he appeared from within the Great Bear Rainforest. He was very interested in the Salmon in the nearby river. The Salmon are abundant this time of year & he has been getting his Salmon Fix as his large belly attests.   

Featured in December 2013 at the Canadian Geographic's Desktop Calendar, with over 12,000 distributed.
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Khutzeymateen is home to Very Large Grizzly Bears. This Female is searching the area for intruders. It is Breeding Season here!
She is nurturing twin Yearling Cubs. The Cubs may stay with her for several seasons before Venturing on their own. Recently  emerging showing  very Long & Strong claws that  are at their longest now and have continued to grow during Winter Dormancy.
Stunning Vistas with low lying clouds in a Temperate Rainforest. 
Pure, Clean Air with amazing saturated colours, enhanced from the high tides continually brushing nutrients to the Rainforest. Here a Grizzly drinks from the Salty waters of the Estuary. About 25 miles inland & 25 miles from the Mountains of Alaska to the North.
Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear.
Grizzly Bear with Snow covered Mountains in Khutzeymateen.
Bald Eagles are Amazing to see In-Flight
Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary is Home to the Bald Eagle
Two maturing Bull Elk, cold Canadian winter day, with light falling snow and cold temperatures around -23. The cold was ok, but even though I was dressed for the weather, I could only endure about 1 hr. before rejuvenating to a warmer enclosure.
Awarded the Canadian Wildlife Photography 2013 by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa & Canadian Geographic Magazine as Runner Up . I feel like First place because of Competing over 4,300 Entries this season.
This is the Fifth time Bill has been featured with them!

Awarded the "Best in Show" at the annual Print Competition 2013 !

Finalist in 2013 "Natures Best"
Family of Moose in lake at Autumn time
On Cuban beach resting
A Cuban regular
Khutzeymateen is home to the  Grizzly Bear and this female Honey Coloured Bear is surveying the estuary for that nagging large male bear
Grizzly Bear jumping the waters of the estuary
curious and bold even at 4 weeks old
Khutzeymateen is home to this magnificent female grizzly. She is feeding two yearling cubs and she is very protective of them !
Seen here observing the surroundings for unwanted intruders.
Early in springtime the Grizzly comes awake from his dormancy to feed on the high nutrient grasses in an attempt to replenish  his body needs .
Mountains of Khutzeymateen with clouds and mist receding from morning
Great Bear Rainforest
This beautiful female Honey coloured grizzly is home in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary of Northern BC Canada. 

Awarded  the prestigious "Monthly Award" in Nature Photography Network (NPN)

Recently has been awarded the "Best in Show" at the annual Print Competition !
At waters edge in the Khutzeymateen
Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary
At waters edge after swimming the estuary waters
Emerging from the estuary water
Taken on the Pacific Ocean in Northern British Columbia , Canada. The Native community of Port Simpson is where the Bald Eagle is safe and free to search for its favorite fish dish! Port Simpson is only accessible  by Float plane or by sea.
This beautiful Wild Grizzly Bear is navigating the estuary at high tide. The ocean tide can exceed twenty five feet here ,and the going gets wet at high tide. Snow covered mountains can be seen here in early springtime, when the mountain wintering Bears will return to the Khutzeymateen, Bears can get there much needed  fill on the sedge grasses at lower tides.
A Juvenile female Wild Grizzly Bear in the Khutzeymateen , with over 98,000 acres to roam and be herself !
The Grizzly Bear seen here is enjoying his freedom in the Khutzeymateen!   The Khutzeymateen in Northern British Columbia Canada is the only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary in Canada , where these wild Grizzlies roam free without pressure of trophy hunting!
Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary  in northern British Columbia Canada
Large Bull elk leading his girls away from other intruders!
Bull Elk in full stride ,during a cold Canadian winter day!
Taken during a very cold winters day.
Surrounded by the incoming tide.This tiny island was a sanctuary for the Grizzly mom with her three cubs. The time was short with an incoming tide that would consume the tiny island and the bears would return into the forest of the Great Bear Rainforest.
The Grizzly Bear cubs were very active, enjoying the small islands protective feeling. Soon the island would be submerged into the incoming tide.