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Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid

June 27, 2020 - I visited the home of the Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid and Ram's Head Orchid twice this spring. I had no luck with the R...
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Tundra Swan

June 26, 2020 - The Tundra Swan was once known as the Whistling Swan. It is very similar in appearance to the rare and endangered Trumpe...
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Wood Duck

June 26, 2020 - The Wood Duck is the best looking duck I have met in my travels. This majestic duck was almost hunted out of existence....
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Spotted Sandpiper

June 26, 2020 - The Spotted Sandpiper arrives early and leaves late. It breeds in most of Canada and the United States, a true continent...
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Tricoloured Heron

June 26, 2020 - The Tricoloured Heron has stunning good looks. It is also relatively tame so Nova Scotia birders and photographers take...
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Rhodora

June 26, 2020 - Rhodora is widespread and common in Nova Scotia. The more common reddish version is found in wet roadsides and edges of...
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Fringed White Orchid

June 26, 2020 - The White Fringed White Orchid is found in wet bogs typically sphagnum. When you find this lovely orchid wear long rubbe...
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Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid

June 26, 2020 - The Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid is endangered and only found in a few locations in Nova Scotia, locations that are all be...
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Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid

June 26, 2020 - The Pink Lady's Slipper is widespread and common in Nova Scotia. It blooms in early June and fades by the end of June de...
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Wetlands Trail, Mount Uniacke Museum Estate

June 26, 2020 - The Wetland's Trail at Mount Uniacke Museum Estate is among my favourite trails. Unfortunately, like most of the provinc...
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Blue Flag Iris

June 26, 2020 - The Blue Flag Iris is among our most elegant wildflowers. It is common and widespread throughout the province of Nova Sc...
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Baltimore Oriole

June 25, 2020 - The Baltimore Oriole has been a hard bird for me to photograph well although others have had good success. I had Baltim...
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Red Fox

June 25, 2020 - The Red Fox is native to Nova Scotia and much loved for its interesting behaviour and good looks. They are easily tamed...
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NATO Navy

June 23, 2020 - Occasionally Halifax enjoys a visit by war ships of the NATO navies. They are easy to photograph due to the city's small...
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Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid 2

June 23, 2020 - The rare and endangered Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid is our largest and latest blooming orchid not reaching its peak unti...
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Nelson's Sparrow

June 19, 2020 - The Nelson's Sparrow is a denizen of the coastal salt marshes announcing itself with a buzzing song. It's a very attract...
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Swainson's Thrush

June 19, 2020 - The Swainson's Thrush is a common woodland thrush in Nova Scotia. It is found in woodlands both at higher altitudes and...
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Baird's Sandpiper

June 18, 2020 - Like most Sandpipers the Baird's Sandpiper is usually seen on the southward migration. Like many of its kind its a tame...
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Eurasian Wigeon

June 17, 2020 - The Eurasian Wigeon is an annual regular to Nova Scotia often wintering in local ice free ponds and coastal bays. Its a...
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Chestnut-sided Warbler

June 17, 2020 - The Chestnut-sided warbler although primarily a forest edge warbler is also found in the deep forest. It is a successful...
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Cattle Egret

June 17, 2020 - The Cattle Egret is the smallest of our white egrets. Its extremely tame if you can find one although it is an annual re...
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Ruddy Turnstone

June 17, 2020 - The Ruddy Turnstone is usually seen on its southward migration often with reduced flumage highlights. It is a tame bird...
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American Redstart

June 17, 2020 - The American Redstart breeds in Canada and the United States but mostly in Canada. The adult male is a striking bird whe...
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Compendium of Tall Ships

June 11, 2020 - This is a compendium of tall ships circuiting or entering Halifax Harbour. These magnificent vessels visit every few yea...
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Red Crossbill

June 10, 2020 - The Red Crossbill behaves and looks much the same as the White-winged Crossbill except for the white wings. Like its pa...
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White-winged Crossbill

June 10, 2020 - Both Crossbill species, the Red Crossbill and White-winged Crossbill are primarily Canadian birds and we are pleased to...
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Monarch Butterfly

June 10, 2020 - The Monarch Butterfly is a regular in Nova Scotia sometimes occurring in large numbers. I once counted over 100 in one w...
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Ram's Head Orchid

June 09, 2020 - The Ram's Head Orchid is among Nova Scotia's rarest, if not the rarest native orchid. Unfortunately this leads to predat...
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Grass Pink Orchid

June 09, 2020 - The Grass Pink Orchid is another of our backyard orchids. High rubber boots are recommended to photograph this small orc...
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Common Murre and Black-legged Kittiwake

June 09, 2020 - The Common Murre and Black-legged Kittiwake often nest side by side. Their colonies are a sight to behold and treasure....
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Sora

June 07, 2020 - The Sora is a common marsh bird in Nova Scotia. The winnowing call is haunting especially when heard late in the evening...
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Tennessee Warbler

June 07, 2020 - The Tennessee Warbler is a fan of the spruce bud worm which is a good thing. The fact that outbreaks of spruce bud worm...
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Wilson's Warbler

June 07, 2020 - The Wilson's Warbler although common and wide spread has been a hard find for me. The female or immature is easily confu...
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Snowy Plover

June 07, 2020 - The Snowy Plover is mega rare on the east coast except for the west side of Florida and some Caribbean islands. It's pri...
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Dragon's Mouth Orchid

June 06, 2020 - The Dragon's Mouth Orchid is common and wide spread in Nova Scotia bogs. It is difficult to photograph well due to the p...
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Large Purple Fringed Orchid

June 06, 2020 - The Large Purple-fringed Orchid grows alone or in large colonies often in full sun. Like most orchids the flowering peri...
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Common Murre

June 06, 2020 - The Common Murre breeds in enormous colonies in Newfoundland and southern Greenland. It visits us in Nova Scotia during...
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Black-legged Kittiwake

June 06, 2020 - The Black-legged Kittiwake is a winter bird for Nova Scotia. It breeds further north on cliff faces and heads south alon...
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Canada Warbler

June 06, 2020 - The Canada Warbler is threatened due to habitat loss and the reckless use of insecticides. Its an elegant bird with a de...
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Brown Thrasher

June 06, 2020 - The Brown Thrasher is common but sometimes hard to find if its not singing. Its song is a compilation of short opening p...
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Grey Catbird

June 06, 2020 - The Grey Catbird is our most common mimic thrush. Its kin are the Brown Thrasher and Northern Mockingbird. All three spe...
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Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

June 06, 2020 - The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail is a different butterfly species from the Tiger Swallowtail. Its common and widespread in...
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Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

June 06, 2020 - We meet this magnificent day flying moth along roadsides all over Nova Scotia. Its not shy and easy to photograph althou...
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Ragged Fringed Orchid

June 06, 2020 - The Ragged Fringed Orchid is a common roadside orchid popping up in disturbed ground. Unfortunately road grading kills c...
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