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10 Sounds Of Banff
Animals & Nature
Animals & Nature
September 26, 2012
In Banff National Park, sometimes the nature is as pleasing to the ears as it is to the eyes. Here is an, um, look at some of our favourite sounds within Canada’s oldest national park, UNESCO World Heritage site, and home to a myriad of rivers, mountains, flora and fauna.
Let’s begin with a quick one. Here is a 5 second clip of a loon calling out to us at Johnson Lake in Banff:
In the fall, especially in the quiet early morning, you can hear the bugling cry of bull elk throughout the Bow Valley, as they show of their singing skills during mating season. This was filmed at the Fairmont Banff Springs GC (10 seconds):
#3 And below is another look at a bull elk doing his best impression of Barry White (46 seconds):
#4 CANADIAN GOOSE
How about that iconic Canuck bird, the Canadian Goose. It appears they don’t like to sneak in quietly when landing on the Bow River, just outside downtown Banff (30 seconds):
#5 GROUND SQUIRREL
Here is the Columbian Ground Squirrel, up in Banff’s Sunshine Meadows. In this shot there was a hawk circling overhead, so perhaps it was a warning about that. Or, as my Mom estimates here, he has the ‘hiccups’ (15 seconds).
Cool video from some visitors to the park, filming a very vocal coyote from the safety of their car (60 seconds).
#7 BALD EAGLE
A few anglers out at Banff’s Lake Minnewanka filmed a bald eagle attempting to pull a fish out of the water, and vocally expressing itself, too (86 seconds).
There was a strange sound coming from the bushes during a hike to the Plain Of 6 Glaciers behind Lake Louise. Turns out it was just a pug who was probably done with hiking for the day (17 seconds).
#9 Grizzly Bear
This one seemed kind of strange. We recorded a Grizzly Bear-affectionately known as ‘Olivia’ at the Lake Louise sightseeing gondola-making a strange noise while munching on some foliage (18 seconds).
And finally, time for some of the soothing sounds of Moraine Lake’s water. A beautiful look at one of the park’s most iconic lakes-with the sounds of water set to wonderful music from our friends in Cleveland (and Banff regulars), Greg and Candice Slawson (7:46). You can hear more relaxing water films here.