Witless Bay Ecological Reserve Day 8 of Our Newfoundland Adventure-Humpback Whales
We set up our base of operations at La Manche Provincial Park south of St. John's. From here we planned several excursions; Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, Cape Spear, Signal Hill and the Irish loop.
Our first trip started by boarding the tour boat at Bull Bay for a tour of the Witless Bay Ecological reserve looking for alcids, including Atlantic Puffin, Black-legged Kittiwake and Humpback Whales. The trip on this blustery and wavy day was amazing thanks to brilliant blue skies and lots of birds. Photography on a vessel which was jumping up and down in the waves was a challenge. One tries to get the best vantage yet avoid the flying salt spray. The many photographs are shown in several blog posts; 1)Humpback Whales, 2)Alcid flight swarms, 3)Alcids nesting, 4)Alcids swimming and diving and the crowd favourite, 5)Atlantic Puffin
The whale photographs were taken at an effective focal length of 630mm at a distance of about 500 metres, hand held of course.
The most amazing photos were of a Humpback Whale coursing the shoreline very closely, possibly to corral fish or to remove surface parasites.
After the shoreline experience the whale proceeded off shore.
Keywords: Atlantic Puffin, Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Murre, Humpback Whales, Newfoundland, Witless Bay Ecological Reserve
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