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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 24, July 22

July 23, 2021 - A tropical rain storm greeted our morning. Laura stayed at the cottage reading a book from the free libraries that have...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 23, July 21

July 22, 2021 - It was another lousy weather day,....enough said. Nature photography changes over the seasons with the movements of bir...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 22, July 20

July 21, 2021 - It was a lousy day for walkabouts, photography and sinuses thanks to the fog and the smoke plume from the wild fires. Al...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 21, July 19

July 20, 2021 - The weather has gone down hill; morning and evening fog usually arriving with the incoming tide, drizzle, fog mist, cool...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 20, July 18

July 19, 2021 - The Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows will fledge (obtain flight feathers) tonight or tomorrow morning. I will visit t...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 19, July 17

July 18, 2021 - It was yet another Nova Scotia summer day; mixed clouds, sunshine and moderate temperatures. Alas, we have passed mid J...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 18, July 16

July 17, 2021 - It was a good day with a slight cloud overcast and warmer then it has been, about 26 degrees, and muggy. There was some...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventire Day 16, July 14

July 15, 2021 - Today was a good day; sunshine, no fog and light winds. This is the day we did the Fundy Ridge trail, 5,.4 kilometres an...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 15, July 13

July 14, 2021 - Laura and I traveled the coastal highway today from Advocate Harbour to Masstown to see family for the first time in two...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 14, July 12

July 13, 2021 - Today was another gorgeous day; no fog, mild temperature and lots of sunshine. We did the Squally Point Trail today a c...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 12, July 10

July 11, 2021 - It was another gorgeous day, mostly sunny with light winds and moderate temperatures. We visited several places with no...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 11, July 9

July 10, 2021 - Tonight is the night that Post Tropical Storm Elsa hits us with all its fury. Advocate Harbour is slightly south of the...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 10, July 8

July 09, 2021 - It was raining steadily this morning but skies improved in the afternoon as we awaited post tropical storm Elsa. Some o...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 9, July 7

July 08, 2021 - Today we visit the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNISCO World Heritage Site: https://www.jogginsfossilcliffs.net/ The follow...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 8, July 6

July 07, 2021 - It was foggy and drizzling in the morning and cloudy bright in the afternoon with no sunset to photograph. I tried for...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 7, July 5

July 06, 2021 - This was our first day with decent weather. It was cool by the water but one heats up fast hoofing through the bush. Lau...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 6, July 4

July 05, 2021 - It was the worst day yet with steady rain and wind. Ugh! What does one do on such a day? Exploring is an option and I ch...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 5, July 3

July 04, 2021 - The weather continues as wet, windy and gloomy but the fog has lifted somewhat so Isle Haute is now clearly visible, but...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 4, July 2

July 03, 2021 - Yes folks, it was yet another day of fog, rain and gloom. On the up side the weather is cool, a two sweater walk this ev...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 3, July 1

July 02, 2021 - It was another day of fog, rain and gloom. We drove to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs and Amherst for an outing but a walkabo...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 2, June 30

July 01, 2021 - I used to identify plants from the records on my own website but alas the internet service out here are so slow I cannot...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 1 , June 29

July 01, 2021 - This is our first day at Advocate Harbour. The weather was mostly fog with sunny breaks. Wildflower Display Driftwoo...
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House Wren

July 01, 2021 - The House Wren is a feisty and vocal bird and well named due to its habit of nesting in nest boxes often on the side of...
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Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid

July 01, 2021 - I went to the West Hants limestone lands to photograph the Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid. Sadly the environmental terrori...
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American Redstart

July 01, 2021 - The American Redstart with the folk name of Butterfly Bird (an improved name) is prolific in Nova Scotia. It arrives lat...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure

July 01, 2021 - Laura and I are re-homing. We have 37 days to wait before our new place is completed so a 37 night trip to advocate Harb...
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Common Yellowthroat

June 05, 2021 - This Common Yellowthroat was as the military expression goes, "under the guns". I was expecting a distant target so I wa...
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Ruffed Grouse

June 04, 2021 - I was bumping along a country road when I spotted a dozen or so golf ball sized Ruffed Grouse chick-lets in the centre o...
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Blackburnian Warbler

June 04, 2021 - The Blackburnian Warbler is a stunning bird. I always look forward to meeting this bird. It is easy to find in its favor...
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Bay-breasted Warbler

June 02, 2021 - Nova Scotia has been under a partial lockdown in recent weeks due to Covid-19 with residents restricted to movement with...
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

May 24, 2021 - The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is near to an annual regular at our place in Portuguese Cove. It usually stays for two or thr...
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Broad-winged Hawk

May 23, 2021 - The Broad-winged Hawk is common in the mild seasons in Nova Scotia but uncommon in the winter after most move further so...
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Bullock's Oriole

May 21, 2021 - The Bullock's Oriole is a rare bird although it has become an annual regular to Nova Scotia. It used to be combined with...
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Ipswich Sparrow

May 13, 2021 - The Ipswich Sparrow is an "all Canadian bird", almost all born on Canada's Sable Island. The proper name should be Sable...
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Eastern Towhee and Grey Catbird

May 11, 2021 - I reedited my photos from yesterday due to excessive noise in the photographs. Noise is the curse of all good photograph...
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Eastern Towhee

May 10, 2021 - The Eastern Towhee is an annual visitor best described as uncommon, certainly not rare. This example was a male in its f...
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Grey Catbird

May 10, 2021 - Our Grey Catbird has returned, the first of a pair. This time of year before the leaves erupt one can see their nest in...
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Pine Warbler

May 03, 2021 - The Pine Warbler is a tough bird, often the first to arrive in the spring and the last to leave in the fall. It has nest...
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Carolina Wren

April 19, 2021 - The wrens are a wonderful family of birds with a wide variation in song types; the haunting woodland song of the Winter...
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Pileated Woodpecker

April 11, 2021 - Laura and I enjoyed an early spring woodland walk this morning. Our target species was the Pine Warbler which was a no s...
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American Tree Sparrow in Snow Storm

April 04, 2021 - The Tree Sparrow is another all Canadian bird with most breeding well north of the U.S. of A. border in Canada's boreal...
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Dark-eyed Junco in Snow Storm

April 04, 2021 - The Dark-eyed Junco is actually a sparrow and challenging to photograph due to its (you guessed it) dark eye. The eye is...
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Blue Jay in Snow Storm

April 04, 2021 - The Blue Jay is a common North American bird and is a year round resident in all Canadian provinces although many do mig...
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Song Sparrow in Snow Storm

April 04, 2021 - The recent snow storm, the last of the season we hope, brought most of our local birds up to the feeders. We usually hav...
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West Pennant Sunset at Long Cove Point

March 26, 2021 - Long Cove Point has spectacular views for seabirds and ocean vistas. It is sheltered water so bobbing and diving sea bir...
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Fox Sparrow

March 19, 2021 - The Fox Sparrow is among our most elegant sparrows with an amazing song. We had one stay with us for 18 months several y...
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Lesser Scaup

March 16, 2021 - The Greater and Lesser Scaup can be hard to tell apart. On the Greater Scaup the high point of the head is ahead or over...
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Black Guillemot

March 16, 2021 - The Black Guillemot is a stunning bird in breeding plumage with its jaunty red legs and feet. In winter it presents a mo...
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Iceland Gull

March 16, 2021 - Whenever I see an Iceland Gull I usually take a good look just to make sure its not the mega rare Ivory Gull. I once had...
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Lesser Black-backed Gull

March 04, 2021 - The Lesser Black-backed Gull appears to be sleeping in Sambro Harbour which is dangerous since Bald Eagles roam this are...
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Portuguese Cove Sunrise, Spectacular Once Again

March 01, 2021 - It was yet another spectacular sunrise at Portuguese Cove. I took these photos from my front deck at 24mm, the widest le...
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Merlin

February 24, 2021 - The Merlin is a mid sized falcon larger than the Kestrel and smaller than the Peregrine Falcon. It also tends to hunt mo...
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Bald Eagles Aplenty

February 24, 2021 - Bald Eagles have a favorite tree in the Annapolis Valley but this display and congregation is larger than usual. Count t...
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Iceland Gull

February 24, 2021 - The Iceland Gull, primarily a winter visitor, is plentiful this time of year. I've seen dozens flocking together over th...
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Hooded Merganser

February 24, 2021 - The Hooded Merganser is an elegant and photogenic duck if you can find one close enough to photograph. Its quite flighty...
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Herring Cove Sunrise

February 24, 2021 - I enjoyed the Sunrise at Herring Cove prior to my trip to the Annapolis Valley. The sunrises here are a recent discovery...
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Horned Lark

February 16, 2021 - The Horned Lark despite its diminutive size is a winter survivor in Nova Scotia. It moves in flocks and it is easily sta...
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Bald Eagles on Grand Lake

February 16, 2021 - There are usually Bald Eagles patrolling the icy surface of Grand Lake. They prey on gulls usually the young ones that r...
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Red-tailed Hawk

February 16, 2021 - The Red-tailed Hawk is a buteo spending most of its time soaring while looking for prey or sitting in a tree or on a hay...
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Short-eared Owl, the Revisit

February 16, 2021 - Laura and I found Short-eared Owls once again on our second trip to the Annapolis Valley. The Short-eared Owl blends wel...
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Common Loon in Portuguese Cove

February 16, 2021 - Occasionally I visit Portuguese Cove itself a small one acre sized horseshoe shaped haven from the nearby pounding surf.
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Surf on Eastern Head

February 16, 2021 - I photographed the surf pounding on Eastern Head, Herring Cove, Nova Scotia. It's tricky to get interesting photographs...
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Bald Eagles in the Valley

February 16, 2021 - Laura and I enjoyed another decent day for a trip to the Annapolis Valley. Like our last visit this one was also success...
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Spectacular Sunrise

January 30, 2021 - There was a spectacular sunrise last Thursday that lasted mere minutes as usual so I stepped out onto the porch to obtai...
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Peggy's Cove to Tantallon

January 30, 2021 - I have not visited the Peggy's Cove area in the winter but I will return more often since the scenery as usual is specta...
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Pine Grosbeak

January 30, 2021 - Laura and I enjoyed the antics of Pine Grosbeaks as they fed beside the road on our trip to the Annapolis Valley. They p...
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Bald Eagles

January 30, 2021 - A visit to the Annapolis Valley is always an opportunity to photograph Bald Eagles. Thanks to the disposal of dead chick...
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Tufted Duck

January 30, 2021 - The Tufted Duck is a Eurasian species but it commonly nests in Iceland. It is an irregular visitor to Nova Scotia and ca...
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Short-eared Owl

January 28, 2021 - I have been trying for thirty years to get decent photos of the Short-eared Owl. They were a common site at Oak Hammock...
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Snowy Scenes Early One Wintry Morning

January 26, 2021 - After our recent snowfall I enjoyed a walk and tour from the Armdale Roundabout to Sir Sanford Fleming Park and points i...
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Sunrise and Snow at Herring Cove

January 24, 2021 - My hopes for a combination of fresh snowfall and a clear sunrise were realized sooner than I hoped. I planned to visit s...
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Roof Icicles on a Sunny Morning

January 24, 2021 - We were treated to back lit roof icicles this morning. This is unusual for our home since it is well insulated and has a...
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My New Birding and Wildlife Camera and Lens

January 22, 2021 - Its been a long time coming but I finally have my Sony A7R IV with Sony 200-600mm lens. I have also purchased the rather...
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Sunny Morning on the Prospect Barrens

January 20, 2021 - I enjoyed a morning hike on the Prospect Barren, west of Prospect, Nova Scotia. I came into the barrens from the west en...
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Sunrise at Herring Cove

January 18, 2021 - I enjoyed a rare clear sky sunrise at Herring Cove although a few clouds would add to the spectacle with the reflection...
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Blustery Morning at the Coastal Barrens

January 15, 2021 - I try to get down to Duncan Reef and the nearby coastal barrens frequently mostly for the exercise although Harlequin Du...
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Cold Moon, December 27, 2020

December 31, 2020 - My targets were the Orion Nebula and the Pleiades which I could see clearly from my front deck but alas my hiking camera...
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Great Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, December 23, 2020

December 24, 2020 - With rain and cloud on tap for the next several days yesterday was my last opportunity to take photographs of the Great...
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Great Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, December 22, 2020

December 24, 2020 - After giving up on photographing the Great Conjunction from Peggy's Cove Light due to the gale force wind I looked for a...
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Our Moon of December 22, 2020

December 24, 2020 - Whilst waiting for the Great Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter I photographed our moon. Our moon makes a handy target to...
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First Photos of the Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter

December 17, 2020 - I made my first effort yesterday to photograph the great Saturn-Jupiter conjunction of 2020 with the best pairing yet to...
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Deep Panuke Under Tow

December 13, 2020 - The Deep Panuke is seen under tow off Chebucto Head on its way to its offshore location. This is an extending legs platf...
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Atlantic Kestrel

December 08, 2020 - The Atlantic Kestrel was photographed off Chebucto Head this morning. The wind was gusting to 60mph so I struggled to st...
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CCGS Cadboro Bay Running at 25 Knots off Chebucto Head

December 08, 2020 - The CCGS Cadboro Bay must have been at full speed or close to it at 25 knots (probably 100% continuous duty) based on my...
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Sunrise at Herring Cove Nature Reserve and Lookoff

December 06, 2020 - I visited Herring Cove Nature Reserve at the lookoff to photograph the sunrise. It was not a great sunrise but the light...
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Ring-necked Pheasant and Nashville Warbler

December 06, 2020 - Several years ago a male Ring-necked Pheasant took to jumping onto our deck railing. This was during the killer winter o...
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CCGS Cadboro Bay

December 06, 2020 - There is new Coast Guard Vessel parked at Sambro, the CCGS Cadboro Bay, parked beside the CCGS Sambro. It's a much large...
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Western Prospect Barren

November 15, 2020 - I hiked the western end of the Prospect Barren in excellent weather but alas there were few birds to be found. Black Duc...
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Harlequin Ducks

November 08, 2020 - The Harlequin Duck is a hard bird to photograph not because its shy but because its often found fishing in the surf. Sli...
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Blue Moon October 31, 2020

November 01, 2020 - Yesterday's blue moon was on the same day as halloween, a rare coinicidence. It certainly got our cats excited:). My pro...
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Ruffed Grouse

November 01, 2020 - The Ruffed Grouse was having a sand bath near our home. I photographed the bird at 1200mm, the limit of my lens. My new...
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Rudleys Point

November 01, 2020 - A tour of the eastern shore took me to Rudleys Point and the early morning yielded a spectacular sky. Birds on hand were...
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High Coastal Barrens

October 24, 2020 - I hiked the coastal barrens from Duncan's Cove to Duncan Reef, thence to Duck Reef and the high barrens. The fall colour...
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Sunrise Between Sambro Islands

October 23, 2020 - I enjoyed sunrise at Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park this morning. The park should have been named Pennant Point...
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Prospect Barrens

October 23, 2020 - I try to get onto the barrens west of Prospect, Nova Scotia, a couple of times a year. The far west end is more producti...
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Bell Park, Mount Uniacke and Mushrooms, Lichens, Mosses and Fungi

October 19, 2020 - Laura and I visited Bell Park, Mount Uniacke and we met lots of Mushrooms, Lichens, Mosses and Fungi along the way. Bell...
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Fall Colours Along the Musquodoboit River

October 17, 2020 - I continued my tour yesterday by following the Musquodoboit River from Middle Stewiacke to Musquodoboit Harbour. The fal...
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Butcher's Falls After a Heavy Rain

October 17, 2020 - I continued my tour on the Brookfield Marsh, Butcher's Falls, Musquodoboit River loop by stopping at Butcher's Falls. Th...
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Early Morning Fog

October 17, 2020 - I started out yesterday morning with a clear sky and high hopes which were quickly dampened by fog as I moved inland. At...
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A Stroll Around the Frog Pond, Sir Sanford Fleming Park

October 13, 2020 - I took a stroll around the Frog Pond, Sir Sanford Fleming Park, yesterday. I saw a pointer in full pointing pose, pointi...
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Peggy's Cove-Lewis Lake Loop

October 11, 2020 - Laura and I enjoyed the sun and wind as we toured the clockwise route from our place to Peggy's Cove and on to Jerry Law...
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Nova Scotia in October

October 10, 2020 - I took a drive around the Sambro Loop portion of the Chebucto Peninsula. The weather continues to be gloomy with a blust...
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Fall Colours and Wentworth Falls

October 08, 2020 - My Nikon Z7 was severely damaged in a tripod crash so these photos were taken with my Lumix hiking camera, a small but c...
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Autumn Stroll In Smiley's Provincial Park

October 07, 2020 - Laura and I enjoyed a walk in partial sunshine at Smiley's Provincial Park. Most of the birds have left now but we did s...
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Little Club-spur Orchid

September 22, 2020 - The Little Club-spur Orchid is a common attraction found in wet roadside drainage ditches. It is inconspicuous except wh...
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American Wigeon

September 22, 2020 - The American Wigeon is a year-round resident of Nova Scotia found dabbling in small groups in woodland and city ponds. I...
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Mallard

September 22, 2020 - The Mallard has striking good looks but because it is common it does not get the respect and admiration it deserves, foo...
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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

September 22, 2020 - The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher is a common woodland bird and like many woodland birds is more often heard than seen. Look...
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Common Loon

September 22, 2020 - The Common Loon(another dumb name), is the iconic bird of Canada's wilderness lakes. It arrives early and leaves late an...
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Smoky Sun, Crescent Moon and Jupiter

September 21, 2020 - First up is the crescent moon which was fairly close to setting which is not a good time to photograph it due to the dep...
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My Second Milky Way Photos

September 07, 2020 - My second attempt at photographing the Milky Way Galaxy was yesterday both at Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park and...
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My First Milky Way Photos

September 07, 2020 - I went out two nights ago to take my first astronomical photos starting as I am sure most folks do with the Milky Way Ga...
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Horned Grebe

September 04, 2020 - The Horned Grebe is a common bird, particularly in winter. It's not a shy bird but hard to photograph as it is constantl...
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Sooty Shearwater

September 04, 2020 - The Sooty Shearwater is seldom seen from the mainland but is often baited by trailing fish parts from a boat. It's an op...
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Forester's Tern

September 04, 2020 - The Forester's Tern is primarily a bird of the central plains. It winters along both coasts but not usually as far north...
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Dr. Ian Mclaren

August 10, 2020 - When Laura and I first came to Nova Scotia in 2000 we went on a field trip led by Ian Mclaren to Martinique Beach Provin...
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Peggy's Cove Light at Sunset

August 09, 2020 - I made my last foray to photograph Comet Neowise and for the second time only I was not thwarted by cloud or wind but al...
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Merlin

August 09, 2020 - The Merlin is our mid sized Falcon. We see them coursing overhead our property and I often see them in the late summer a...
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Yellow-headed Blackbird

August 09, 2020 - The Yellow-headed Blackbird is thought to be rare in Nova Scotia although it is more likely an annual regular. It breeds...
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The Twins

August 04, 2020 - Last year a doe gave birth to one fawn which grew up over the winter and as a yearling had a pair of twin fawns of her o...
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Sunset at Peggy's Cove and Shoal Point

August 04, 2020 - I've been looking for more opportunities to photograph Comet Neowise but I have been thwarted by cloud, wind and the moo...
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Comet Neowise and the International Space Station

August 02, 2020 - These photographs are from my first encounter with Comet Neowise two weeks ago. I had hoped to catch the passing of the...
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White Fringed Orchid Expedition

July 31, 2020 - I went on my first White Fringed Orchid trip yesterday. It's still early but I did find a few blooming. I was also hopin...
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Swamp Sparrow

July 28, 2020 - The Swamp Sparrow is a denizen of marshes and wet places. It has a jaunty cinnamon coloured cap with a white centre stri...
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Snow Goose

July 28, 2020 - Snow Geese occasionally stray into Nova Scotia on their migration north or south. They are central flyway birds seen in...
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Canadian Coast Guard Ships

July 23, 2020 - This is a collection of photos of Canadian Coast Guard ships. Most were photographed from Shoal Point or from our kitche...
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Semipalmated Sandpiper

July 23, 2020 - The Semipalmated Sandpiper is our most common and widespread sandpiper in July and August. It congregates in world recor...
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Comet Neowise

July 22, 2020 - This is the story of the Great Comet Neowise expedition, a five minute drive to Shoal Point (Chebucto Head Light) from o...
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Wilson's Snipe

July 20, 2020 - The Wilson's Snipe is heard more often than seen. When disturbed it takes off with its characteristic winnowing sound ca...
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MInk

July 20, 2020 - The North American Mink is widespread and common but shy so it is hard to find and harder to photograph due to lack of c...
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Varied Thrush

July 20, 2020 - I was not successful in photographing this elegant thrush well. It's odd because I used good equipment but severe croppi...
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American Coot

July 20, 2020 - This unassuming little swimmer breeds locally in Nova Scotia especially in the large marshes near the New Brunswick bord...
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Rain Drops on Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid and Canada Lily

July 13, 2020 - The Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid is finished for the season but I managed a few photographs just after a shower. I also c...
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Grey Heron

July 13, 2020 - The Grey Heron, a Eurasian wader, is a mega rare bi The Grey Heron, a Eurasian wader, is a mega rare bird for Nova Scot...
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Peggy's Cove Sunset

July 12, 2020 - Many of my photographs drop down on the right side and I have to crop to get them level. To my amazement this even happe...
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Canada Lily

July 11, 2020 - I visited the dying embers of the Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid and then checked out the native Canada Lily. The Canada Li...
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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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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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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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Least Sandpiper

May 31, 2020 - The Least Sandpiper is a denizen of the coastline often foraging among the kelp and weeds captured by the rocks. The pic...
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Moving Waters

May 31, 2020 - Photography for me is like using an artist's tool such as a paint brush or a chisel. Others use photography for technica...
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Razorbill

May 30, 2020 - The Razorbill is a nifty bird and easy to identify in flight with its magnificent bill leading the way. I have seen this...
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Painted Lady Butterfly

May 30, 2020 - In my field experience the Painted Lady is our most common coloured butterfly. The sulphurs and whites are probably the...
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White-winged Dove

May 30, 2020 - The White-winged Dove is easily separated from the Mourning Dove by its larger bill and lack of spotting on the back and...
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Prothonotary Warbler

May 30, 2020 - The Prothonotary Warbler is a stunning bird. I tried to photograph this warbler twenty years ago in Rondeau Provincial P...
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Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs

May 30, 2020 - The Greater Yellowlegs and the Lesser Yellowlegs are similar in appearance. Although the Greater Yellowlegs usually has...
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Least Flycatcher and Alder Flycatcher

May 29, 2020 - Our two common flycatchers are the Alder Flycatcher and the Least Flycatcher. They look similar at a glance although the...
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The Tall Pine Forest

May 28, 2020 - I visited the tall pine forest to meet and greet the annual arrival of the nesting Pine Warblers. I was not able to capt...
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Angry Sea

May 28, 2020 - Seaside photographs seldom capture the splendor and power of the ocean. The trick is to have an object that can provide...
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Ruffed Grouse

May 28, 2020 - The Ruffed Grouse is a favourite target and almost always found in our backyard multiflora bramble. I ran into a family...
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Coastal Nova Scotia

May 28, 2020 - This is a compendium of coastal Nova Scotia photographs. Lack of haze and puffy cumulus clouds are always on order but n...
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Late Winter Sunrise

May 28, 2020 - These photos of sunrises were taken at various locations. At this time of year it requires early rising. Photos are usua...
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Black-throated Blue Warbler

May 16, 2020 - The Black-throated Blue Warbler is a favourite of mine, probably due to its navy blue head and back. It sings continuous...
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Redhead

May 16, 2020 - The aptly named Redhead is a handsome and rare visitor to Nova Scotia. It breeds in the centre of our continent mostly i...
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Blackpoll Warbler

May 16, 2020 - The Blackpoll Warbler flies from the Caribbean and South America to its breeding grounds, the mosquitto and black fly in...
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Yellow Warbler

May 16, 2020 - The Yellow Warbler is often the most numerous species in fresh water wetlands and marshes. At some banding stations over...
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Black-throated Green Warbler

May 15, 2020 - I heard my first Black-throated Green Warbler this morning, hooray! Meanwhile our resident male Yellow-rumped Warbler co...
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Northern Parula

May 15, 2020 - The Northern Parula is easy to identify thanks to its colour patterning especially the transitional colour changes on th...
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Ovenbird

May 15, 2020 - The Ovenbird has the most powerful voice in the woods. Its numerous, widespread and loud. Add to that its good looks and...
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Common Yellowthroat

May 14, 2020 - The Common Yellowthroat is widespread and easily found due to its tameness and rambunctious song. Its a striking bird an...
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Mourning Warbler

May 14, 2020 - The Mourning Warbler is absolutely stunning in the right light. Its hard to find in its thick brush habitat. I once met...
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Bay-breasted Warbler

May 14, 2020 - The Bay-breasted Warbler can be hard to find. It prefers mature forests and sings from the canopy. Its a coveted target...
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Hermit Thrush

May 14, 2020 - The Hermit Thrush is our most common thrush and like all thrushes it has a gorgeous song. The song is especially hauntin...
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Ville de Quebec

May 14, 2020 - This is my favourite photograph of the Ville de Quebec, one of our Halifax class frigates at speed off Chebucto Head. Th...
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Glaucous Gull

May 14, 2020 - The Glaucous Gull is our largest gull with an attitude to boot. Normally we only see them in the late fall, winter, and...
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Gadwall

May 13, 2020 - The Gadwall is an uncommon summertime breeder in Nova Scotia. It can be hard to find and easy to miss except for the con...
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Nashville Warbler

May 13, 2020 - The Nashville Warbler is not from Nashville. It's a continental bird with most nesting in Canada. It arrives early and l...
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Little Blue Heron

May 12, 2020 - The Little Blue Heron is an annual regular to Nova Scotia, certainly not rare. Its an extremely attractive bird with its...
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Short-billed Dowitcher

May 12, 2020 - The bills of the Short-billed Dowitcher and Long-billed Dowitcher overlap and their plumage is almost identical so the o...
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Blackburnian Warbler

May 11, 2020 - The Blackburnian Warbler is easy to find thanks to its striking good looks and easy to remember song, a rapid high pitch...
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Snow Bunting

May 11, 2020 - The Snow Bunting is a handsome bird that brings the winter and leaves when spring arrives. It breeds in the wind swept t...
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

May 11, 2020 - The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is easy to find thanks to its bellowing and melodic song that carries for kilometres through th...
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Snowy Owl

May 11, 2020 - The Snowy Owl movements are a function of the tundra population of lemmings. Unfortunately this does not affect Nova Sco...
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Northern Shoveler

May 10, 2020 - The Northern Shoveler was one of the first ducks to return after a Manitoba winter. Laura and I would go to Oak Hammock...
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Say's Phoebe

May 10, 2020 - The Say's Phoebe has been a challenge for me. I've encountered the bird more than once and interestingly the best photog...
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Northern Saw-whet Owl

May 10, 2020 - The Northern Saw-whet Owl is our smallest owl and unless you hear it calling, usually at dusk, it can be hard to find. I...
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Musquodoboit River, Nova Scotia

May 10, 2020 - The Musquodoboit River winds slowly through the Musquodoboit valley, sometimes rushing along but always photogenic, unti...
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Ipswich Sparrow

May 09, 2020 - The Ipswich Sparrow is a wholly Canadian bird with almost the entire world wide population breeding on Sable Island off...
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Orange-crowned Warbler

May 09, 2020 - The Orange-crowned Warbler winters in North America along both coasts but will only survive our winters here in Nova Sco...
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Hairy Woodpecker

May 09, 2020 - The Hairy Woodpecker like its smaller lookalike cousin the Downy Woodpecker is common and widespread in Nova Scotia. It...
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Downy Woodpecker

May 09, 2020 - The Downy Woodpecker is our smallest woodpecker and is common and widespread in Nova Scotia. Its a reliable feeder bird...
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Laughing Gull

May 08, 2020 - The Laughing Gull is an annual regular to Nova Scotia and common during weather events that drag reluctant birds north f...
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Golden-crowned Kinglet

May 07, 2020 - The Golden-crowned Kinglet is a challenge to photograph not because its shy but because its in constant motion flitting...
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Dovekie

May 07, 2020 - The Dovekie is the smallest of our alcids, slightly larger than a American Robin. Finding one bobbing about in the surf...
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Iceland Gull

May 07, 2020 - The Iceland Gull is a winter regular in Nova Scotia found along our eastern and southern coasts often in large numbers....
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Natural Ice Sculpture

May 07, 2020 - In the gorge beside the trail to Duncan Reef is Champagne Dam. This small dam was built during the second world war to p...
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Hidden Ponds

May 07, 2020 - The Hidden Ponds are a series of pools formed by the Hidden Falls. They are reminiscent of those romantic tropical movie...
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Upper Burnside Falls

May 06, 2020 - Upper Burnside Falls are easy to find at the end of a steep(no kidding) staircase. Unfortunately if the water is high th...
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Green-winged Teal

May 06, 2020 - Our native ducks are beautiful and elegant creatures gifted to and by nature. There is no need to kill these birds for "...
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Eastern Kingbird

May 06, 2020 - The kingbirds are renowned for their tenacious attitude and especially the risks they will take in defending their famil...
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

May 06, 2020 - The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is common in favourable habitat of mature deciduous or mixed forests and uncommon elsewhere....
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Evening Grosbeak

May 05, 2020 - If there is one bird I would travel anywhere in Nova Scotia to photograph it would be the Evening Grosbeak. The good loo...
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Eastern Phoebe

May 04, 2020 - The Eastern Phoebe is often our earliest flycatcher to arrive in spring migration, sometimes a second to the Tree Swallo...
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Cliff Swallow

May 04, 2020 - There are three ways to photograph a Cliff Swallow; find them at a mud hole when they are collecting building material t...
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Blue-headed Vireo

May 03, 2020 - The Blue-headed Vireo is among our earliest arriving passerines. Its song is slower and more melodic than its later arri...
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Greater White-fronted Goose

May 03, 2020 - The Greater White-fronted Goose is an annual regular and better categorized as uncommon due to recent and regular annual...
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Upland Sandpiper

May 03, 2020 - The Upland Sandpiper is a rare visitor to Nova Scotia. Laura and I were introduced to this bird in Manitoba where it lik...
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Greater Shearwater

May 03, 2020 - The Greater Shearwater is a pelagic bird preferring to spend most of it life at sea. It is not shy if baited with fish....
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Whimbrel

May 03, 2020 - The Whimbrel is an early arriving shore bird, although it is seldom on the shore. It seems to prefer to forage upland in...
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Harlequin Duck

May 03, 2020 - The Harlequin Duck is a beautiful bird but quite the challenge to photograph as it moves about in the surf, usually in p...
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Common Tern

May 03, 2020 - Our resident Common Tern is every bit as elegant as the more exotic varieties. I was lucky to run into a bunch of them p...
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Yellow-throated Warbler

April 29, 2020 - I have many photos of this handsome warbler but unfortunately most were captured with older generation equipment and are...
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Spruce Grouse

April 29, 2020 - The Spruce Grouse is quite tame but the problem as always is to find one. I've had little luck photographing this specie...
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Sundew

April 29, 2020 - The Sundew is a predatory plant worthy of any science fiction horror movie. The sticky tentacles grasp the prey, then th...
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Dawson Brook Falls

April 29, 2020 - The Dawson Brook Falls are gorgeous in the summertime when the water is lower. Unfortunately, it helps to be a mountain...
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Queen Elizabeth 2

April 28, 2020 - These are rare and prized photographs of the Queen Elizabeth 2 leaving Halifax Harbour for the last time. She was conver...
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Queen Elizabeth

April 28, 2020 - The Queen Elizabeth is the sister ship of the Queen Victoria, both members of the Vista class of cruise ships. It is sli...
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Queen Victoria

April 28, 2020 - The Queen Victoria is a miniature version of the Queen Mary 2, although I would walk the plank if I was caught saying it...
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Winter Wren

April 28, 2020 - The Winter Wren like its forest companion the Brown Creeper is easy enough to find but hard to photograph well since bot...
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Yellow-rumped Warbler

April 28, 2020 - The Yellow-rumped Warbler is early to arrive and late to leave although it does go silent late in the summer so it is ha...
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Queen Mary 2

April 26, 2020 - I have hundreds of photos of this great ship, the Queen Mary 2, the only ocean liner in the world. These samples are tak...
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Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth

April 26, 2020 - Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth entering Halifax harbour off Chebucto Head at dawn. Its rare to see these two great shi...
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Red-eyed Vireo

April 26, 2020 - The Red-eyed Vireo usually returns in late May about two to three weeks after its cousin the Blue-headed Vireo. The Red-...
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Northern Gannet

April 26, 2020 - The Northern Gannet or more properly known as the Great Northern Gannet(ask a Newfoundlander), is a magnificent flying a...
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Mount Uniacke Museum Estate

April 26, 2020 - In twenty years of visiting this estate mostly on the trails I've never gone inside the Uniacke Estate mansion or taken...
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Peregrine Falcon on Pole

April 26, 2020 - The Peregrine Falcon is the world's fastest bird while diving after prey and perhaps in horizontal flight as well. Altho...
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Kentucky Warbler

April 23, 2020 - I photographed a juvenile Kentucky Warbler last fall along with several other provincial goodies, including Prothonatory...
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White-crowned Sparrow

April 23, 2020 - The White-crowned Sparrow is an enigma for me. Its almost an annual regular for me in our back yard but I've never taken...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

April 23, 2020 - It figures that this would be the year that I was going to rent a back country yurt at Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. W...
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Snowy Egret

April 21, 2020 - I used excellent equipment for these photos in the harsh light of the mid day sun and at long focal lengths. I cannot im...
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Snowy Egret

April 20, 2020 - Snowy Egrets and most herons and egrets will stay on a productive location where eels are plentiful. Sometimes they are...
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Nova Scotia Woodlands in Winter

April 20, 2020 - Just in case you were wondering what we left behind last winter here's a sampling of some Nova Scotia Woodlands in snow.
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Brown Creeper

April 19, 2020 - The Brown Creeper is the hardest non flying bird to photograph with perhaps the Winter Wren as a close second. This brow...
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Purple Finch

April 19, 2020 - The Purple Finch has been with us all winter in small numbers but now they are beginning to return in bunches. This hand...
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Snowy Egret

April 18, 2020 - The Snowy Egret is an annual regular and always welcome. Its good looks are complemented by it fishing antics, the up an...
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Prairie Warbler

April 18, 2020 - The Prairie Warbler is an annual regular to Nova Scotia, occurring infrequently in the spring and mostly in the fall. So...
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My Spirit Animal, The Pine Siskin

April 17, 2020 - I do not presume to understand cultures that embrace spirit animals, nor do I presume to understand or feel anything of...
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Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

April 17, 2020 - The Blue-grey Gnatcatcher is a nifty little bird squeaking its jumbled song as it happily forages, tail aloft. It's tame...
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Tree Sparrow

April 17, 2020 - The Tree Sparrow is a regular and reliable over-wintering bird at our feeders. It has a marvelous whistled song easily r...
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Magnolia Warbler

April 17, 2020 - I expect to do a lot of backyard photography this year; birds, butterflies, orchids and wildflowers. One of our backyard...
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White-rumped Sandpiper

April 16, 2020 - THe White-rumped Sandpiper is common and widspread during the southward migration. It is easy to find with other shorebi...
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Cedar Waxwing

April 16, 2020 - The Cedar Waxwing is widespread in Nova Scotia and gregarious. We have annual visits by this elegant bird at our multifl...
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Eastern Wood-Pewee

April 15, 2020 - The Eastern Wood-Pewee is a favourite woodland flycatcher of mine. The cry of "peee-a-weee" is a haunting reminder of ou...
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Wentworth Falls

April 15, 2020 - Wentworth Falls is also known as the Bridal Falls. I've photographed these falls, high water and low, winter, fall, spri...
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Summer Tanager

April 12, 2020 - I had excellent equipment photographing this bird but sometimes there is a price to pay for low light and shooting throu...
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Common Gallinule

April 10, 2020 - The Common Gallinule is an annual regular visitor to Nova Scotia. It crosses the border from its nesting sites in New Br...
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Pennant Peninsula

April 09, 2020 - We are fortunate here in the Halifax area to have such spectacular scenery easily accessible. One of the best trips in t...
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White-breasted Nuthatch

April 08, 2020 - The White-breasted Nuthatch is a nifty bird that displays a lot of unusual poses as it forages for edibles. Like the Red...
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Red-breasted Nuthatch

April 08, 2020 - The Red-breasted Nuthatch is a common yard and feeder bird. It's a bird I've not tried to photograph extensively but thi...
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Red-headed Woodpecker

April 07, 2020 - I have seen but never been able to photograph successfully an adult Red-headed Woodpecker. They are extremely hard to fi...
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Pectoral Sandpiper

April 06, 2020 - The Pectoral Sandpiper is a common medium sized shorebird arriving early and leaving late. It is easy to identify by its...
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Black Guillemot

April 06, 2020 - The winter Black Guillemot is easy to photograph this time of year as it fishes near wharves. Wait for it to dive and th...
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Osprey

April 06, 2020 - The Osprey is the provincial bird of Nova Scotia. The population has revived after suffering through human stupidity, th...
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White-winged Dove

April 06, 2020 - The White-winged Dove is an annual regular, not rare. The absence of spotting on the back and the much larger bill mark...
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Red-bellied Woodpecker

April 06, 2020 - The Red-bellied Woodpecker is uncommon but a confirmed nesting species in Nova Scotia. I've had them at my feeders and s...
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Compendium of Rare Bird Visits to Nova Scotia

April 05, 2020 - This post is a compendium of rare bird visits to Nova Scotia that I have personally recorded. This compendium does not i...
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Indigo Bunting

April 01, 2020 - The Indigo Bunting is an early arriving bird and much appreciative of sunflower seeds. It's relatively tame and easy to...
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Piping Plover

April 01, 2020 - The Piping Plover is one of our earliest arriving shorebirds, usually appearing in late March and early April. Martiniqu...
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American Pipit

March 30, 2020 - The American Pipit is one of our earliest arriving and latest leaving birds. It is well known for its tail bobbing and "...
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Compendium of LIghts

March 30, 2020 - Nova Scotia has some remarkable lights and lighthouses including the tallest in North America at Cape Sable and the olde...
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Fall Colours in Nova Scotia

March 30, 2020 - Fall colours are always so cheery. We are lucky in Nova Scotia to have such a nice mix of deciduous and coniferous fores...
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Aspotogen Peninsula

March 27, 2020 - If cabin fever is getting to you then hop into your motorized conveyance and drive the Aspotogan Peninsula loop. Bring y...
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Lincoln's Sparrow

March 27, 2020 - Our overwintering Lincoln's Sparrows(2) have survived the winter. They pop their heads above their winter home from time...
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Maple Woodlands In Fall

March 27, 2020 - If cabin fever is beginning to develop try to think of all those lovely places and things we will all see later in the y...
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

March 24, 2020 - The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is stunning bird, male or female. It also knows how to defend itself. I volunteered at a band...
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Barred Owl

March 24, 2020 - I have encountered Barred Owls in our boreal forests in several locations in Nova Scotia. More than once it has surprise...
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Peggy's Cove Compendium

March 24, 2020 - As we all sit sequistered in our homes waiting out the covid-19 storm there is ample time to think of good times in Nova...
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Winter's Water and Ice

March 23, 2020 - Winter brought us a lot of dark and cold yet there was also beauty and tranquility. We saw the eclectic mix of colours,...
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Pine Warbler

March 23, 2020 - The Pine Warbler is one of our toughest warblers, arriving early in the migration and leaving late. It has been nesting...
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Palm Warbler

March 22, 2020 - The Palm Warbler is our earliest arriving warbler in most years. It song is a musical trill much like Chipping Sparrow a...
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Fox Sparrow

March 22, 2020 - The Fox Sparrow is one of the earliest migrants. It has a wonderful technique of foraging, vigorously scratching the gro...
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Peggy's Cove Light at Sunset

March 22, 2020 - I much prefer sunrise photos since the human traffic is much lower. Alas this is not possible at Peggy's Cove. There are...
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Waterfalls

March 21, 2020 - Waterfalls are certainly among my favourite subjects but alas in Nova Scotia they are hard to find in readily accessible...
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Sambro Island Sunrise

March 20, 2020 - The Sambro Island sunrise is a favourite solar event of mine. The best time to see it is always in the winter when the s...
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Sharp-shinned Hawk

March 20, 2020 - The Sharp-shinned Hawk is the smallest accipiter or bird hawk. Its an elegant bird with swift highly maneuverable flight...
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Black-backed Woodpecker

March 20, 2020 - The Black-backed Woodpecker is common and wide spread. But having said that try and find one. I know where they are and...
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American Robin

March 20, 2020 - Sometimes I feel we take the American Robin and Blue Jay for granted. European jaws drop when they see these elegant bir...
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Grey-cheeked Thrush

March 20, 2020 - The Grey-cheeked Thrush has the most haunting song of any bird I've heard, except maybe for the Varied Thrush in the dee...
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Sunrise at Martinique Beach

March 20, 2020 - The trick with these photos is to combine sunrise, low tide and scattered clouds at the same time. This is a tricky comb...
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Canada Jay

February 26, 2020 - The Canada Jay is our national bird even if the Governor General of Canada hasn't as yet said so. She will eventually. I...
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Tufted Duck

February 25, 2020 - The Tufted Duck is a rare visitor to Nova Scotia although it is an annual regular. The adult male can be confused with t...
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Lapland Longspur

February 25, 2020 - The Lapland Longspur is a welcome find on the coastal barrens in my area. I usually find them heading south in November/...
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Canada Jay(juvenile)

February 25, 2020 - OK, I was baffled by this bird for a while then bingo, the lights lit, a recently fledged Canada Jay. The Canada Jay is...
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Bald Eagle

February 22, 2020 - The Bald Eagle has exploded in population in Nova Scotia thanks to the chicken ranchers who started putting out their de...
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Our Overwintering Birds

February 21, 2020 - It's been a quiet winter with not much avian diversity in our yard but like every year since we moved here in 2000 we ha...
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Yellow-breasted Chat

January 02, 2020 - The Yellow-breasted Chat is our largest warbler although by simply looking at it it seems more likely to be related to a...
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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

January 02, 2020 - The Yellow-billed cuckoo is an insectivore so will not survive our winters. Its elegant and relatively tame, usually app...
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Arctic Tern

January 02, 2020 - The Arctic Tern breeds locally but it is a trans polar migrant. It completes the longest migration journey of any bird....
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Northern Mockingbird

January 02, 2020 - The Northern Mockingbird is renowned for its song, a series of mimics from several bird species. This make the bird easy...
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Northern Flicker

January 01, 2020 - The Northern Flicker will survive our winters especially if assisted with suet and seed. It specializes in eating ants s...
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Pine Grosbeak

December 30, 2019 - The Pine Grosbeak is widespread in Canada and a short distance migrant,.... if it migrates. It is primarily a Canadian b...
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Painted Bunting

December 29, 2019 - I photographed this Painted Bunting last summer. My photographs should have been better but for some reason they lacked...
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Atlantic Puffin

December 27, 2019 - Our tour boat followed the shoreline where alcids and puffins were breeding. Visible were Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Co...
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Humpback Whale

December 27, 2019 - These photos of the Humpback Whale are unusual, possibly rare. I was on a tour boat that was tossing and bouncing in nea...
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Northern Gannet

December 24, 2019 - In Newfoundland they call it the Great Northern Gannet, certainly a more fitting name for this magnificent bird than the...
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Pileated Woodpecker

December 23, 2019 - The Pileated Woodpecker is all together; elegant, audacious, colourfull and loud. If all the woodpeckers in all the land...
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Lincoln's Sparrow

December 20, 2019 - The Lincoln's Sparrow is easy to identify from its marvelous and melodic song. Otherwise look for the sharpish demarkati...
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Crested Caracara

December 19, 2019 - The Crested Caracara is the national bird of Mexico. It hunts by flying and running, pouncing on its prey. Like the Bald...
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Glossy Ibis

December 10, 2019 - The Glossy Ibis is an annual regular to Nova Scotia. I see them every year but not always close enough for photographs....
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Ivory Gull

December 09, 2019 - I've seen two Ivory Gulls in my life. The first one was an immature bird and my photographs did not do it justice. The s...
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White-faced Ibis

December 08, 2019 - The White-faced Ibis is a mega rare bird in Nova Scotia whereas its first cousin the Glossy Ibis is an annual regular. L...
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Nelson's Gull

December 07, 2019 - The Nelson's Gull is a hybrid between a Glaucous Gull and a Great Black-backed Gull. It took a great deal of head scratc...
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Great Egret

December 07, 2019 - The Great Egret is not a rare bird in Nova Scotia but certainly hard to find at imes. It's usually more numerous in the...
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Purple Sandpiper

December 06, 2019 - The Purple Sandpiper is a nifty bird. It spends its summers further north and winters along our coast although some can...
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Carolina Wren

December 05, 2019 - The Carolina Wren is an absolute stunner of a bird. This one was a treat to visit in its snowy home. It resided in a woo...
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Spotted Towhee

December 04, 2019 - The Spotted Towhee, a mega rare bird, was recognized as a seperate species from the Eastern Towhee(Chestnut-sided Towhee...
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White Pelican

December 02, 2019 - This post is about my continuing series of old photographs from the early days of digital photography. The White Pelica...
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Swainson's Hawk

November 28, 2019 - During long periods of lousy weather I rumage through old files to see what I can find. This photograph of a Swainson's...
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Killdeer and Boreal Chickadee

November 27, 2019 - The Killdeer is a mid-sized shore bird and quite skittish except when guarding its nest where it often uses the broken w...
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Brewer's Blackbird, Northern Wheatear, Warbling Vireo and Other Highlights

October 27, 2019 - The Brewer's Blackbirds(2), very rare, were walking on the lawn in our back yard. I tried to get photos but lost them as...
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Greater Yellowlegs

October 25, 2019 - Greater Yellowlegs is among our latest shorebirds. Foolishly, Spotted Sandpipers and Killdeer often remain longer. I hav...
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Fall in Nova Scotia

October 17, 2019 - Nova Scotia has some spectacular fall foliage especially when set off against calm water and broken clouds in partially...
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MV Asterix

October 17, 2019 - The MV Asterix is a Royal Canadian Navy replenishment ship. It is was privately converted and leased to the navy with a...
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Kite Surfing

October 17, 2019 - Kite Surfing is a challenging way to travel at high speeds along the wave tops. The tide and wind have to be just right...
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Late Bird Migrants

October 17, 2019 - Migrants are getting harder to find as the weather hardens. The Common Grackle, American Robin(better known as the Canad...
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Cruise Ships Off Shoal Point and Chebucto Head

October 17, 2019 - The location of the Chebucto Head Light is on Shoal Point whereas Chebucto Head is about 500 metres south-west by the cl...
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Black-necked Stilt Revisited

October 17, 2019 - These photos are of my second encounter with a Black-necked Stilt. This bird is a a true rarity whereas most of the bird...
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Pectoral Sandpiper

September 28, 2019 - I enjoyed an early morning hike on the coastal barrens. The highlight was a Pectoral Sandpiper. A short down curved bill...
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Marbled Godwit Revisited

September 27, 2019 - I revisited the Marbled Godwit and obtained better photographs. The technique for approaching a bird is: -walk obliquel...
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Glossy Ibis

September 26, 2019 - Glossy Ibis does not photograph well in gloomy conditions. Bright reflected light brings out its glossy sheen nicely. Al...
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Yellow Ladies'-tresses Orchid

September 25, 2019 - The Yellow Ladies'-tresses Orchid is our latest blooming orchid, often blooming until the first hard frost. Inconspicuou...
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Marbled Godwit

September 25, 2019 - I photographed the Marbled Godwit from a fair distance so the photos are severe crops. There was a clutter of gulls arou...
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Black-necked Stilt

September 25, 2019 - The Black-necked Stilt, an elegant shorebird, is reported irregularly. It's probably an annual regular but that is impos...
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Sunrise Over the Atlantic Ocean and Harvest Moon

September 18, 2019 - During a rather strenuous three hour hike at times through nose high brush and grass I managed to photograph some sunris...
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More Warblers and Friends

September 18, 2019 - I've encountered even more warblers at my favourite warbler trap(not Hartlen Point). Previously seen were Yellow-throate...
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Black Skimmers Trolling

September 18, 2019 - Black Skimmers dropped out from the eye of Hurricane Dorian(post tropical storm with hurricane cat 2 winds technically)...
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Warblers and Friends

September 13, 2019 - Some of these birds were blown in by the eye of Dorian, others are normal local birds and a few migrants from central Ca...
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Dorian

September 13, 2019 - Dorian was a disaster for humans and birds with a lot of property damage in Nova Scotia. For a time almost all of Nova S...
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Harbour Traffic the Day Before Hurricane Dorian

September 11, 2019 - I toured a few local hot spots before the arrival of Dorian. Harbour traffic was the highlight plus one bird and one but...
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Naval and Cruise Ship Arrivals

September 05, 2019 - There was some interesting harbour traffic today specifically the first visit of the brand new Scenic Eclipse, a small b...
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Northern Wheatear

September 03, 2019 - I waited for a couple of hours to get these few distant photographs of the Northern Wheatear. This remarkable bird nests...
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Eastern Kingbird and Solitary Sandpiper

September 03, 2019 - I encountered an Eastern Kingbird, a frustrating bird at times as it insists on sitting on wires with its nose to the wi...
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Northern Flicker, Solitary Sandpiper and Friends

September 03, 2019 - Here are a few fall migrants that were good enough to pose. Least Sandpiper Magnolia Warbler Northern Flicker also...
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Confusing Fall Warblers and Great Blue Heron

August 28, 2019 - About 20 years ago I visited Point Pelee National Park, a must visit place for all bird lovers. I was talking to some pe...
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Yellow-crowned Night Heron and Common Yellowthroat

August 28, 2019 - The Yellow-crowned Night Heron remained for about two weeks which is a typical stay for this crab eater when it finds su...
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Sunrise Reflecting on a Wet Beach

August 28, 2019 - My first quality full frame camera was the Canon EOS-1Ds, purchased and used about 15 years ago. It was a beauty of a ca...
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Yellow-crowned Night Heron

August 17, 2019 - The Yellow-crowned Night Heron continues to visit. It is my experience that when they find a good crabbing area they sta...
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Grandeur of the Seas

August 15, 2019 - I photographed Grandeur of the Seas off Shoal Point and Chebucto Head, at the entrance to Halifax Harbour. It was about...
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Monarch and Painted Lady Butterflies

August 13, 2019 - Monarch and Painted Lady Butterflies continue to move through my area. It appears to be a bumper year for Monarch Butter...
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Yellow-crowned Night Heron

August 13, 2019 - The Yellow-crowned Night Heron was up to its usual ways,....eating crabs. The process is simple enough if a tad rough on...
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Cape Sable Expedition

August 12, 2019 - I visited Cape Sable last Saturday, including Cape Sable Light, the southernmost location in Nova Scotia. The weather wa...
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Almost full Moon Day Before Partial Lunar Eclipse July 16, 2019

August 09, 2019 - This is the, "almost a full moon", the day before the partial lunar eclipse of July 16, 2019. This moon image is rare fo...
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Early Summer WIldflowers of the Coastal Barrens

August 09, 2019 - These are just a few of the wildflowers of the coastal barrens in early summer. Most others can be found on my website....
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Fringed White Orchid Super Cluster

August 08, 2019 - While on our trip to visit the first of the Helleborine Orchids we spotted this super cluster of Fringed White Orchids a...
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Caribbean Princess, Zaandam and Harbour Traffic

August 08, 2019 - I visited the coastal barrens in hopes of finding my first Green Adder's Mouth Orchid but still no luck. It's time to tr...
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Monarch, Painted Lady and Fritillary Butterflies

August 07, 2019 - It was a good day for butterflies in my area of Nova Scotia. August, September and October always seem to be the most pr...
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Fringed White Orchid

August 06, 2019 - What a difference a week makes. When we first visited the sphagnum bog we could only find three partially opened Fringed...
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Canada Lily

July 29, 2019 - I photographed this gorgeous native lily yesterday and a few photos a week prior. Lilium canadense From Wikipedia, the...
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The Queens

July 29, 2019 - The Queens visited Halifax last Friday. The Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth arrived together coming in line. The Queen...
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Fringed White Orchid(White Bog Orchid)

July 29, 2019 - I look for this elegant orchid in sphagnum bogs. I finally found a pair and despite soaking my hiking shoes and socks an...
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Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

July 27, 2019 - The Hummingbird Clearwing Moth is a favourite of mine. It's a daylight flying moth and since it likes Knapweed it is oft...
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Grass Pink Orchid in Morning Dew and Light

July 25, 2019 - I visit the coastal barrens this time of year to photograph shipping, including cruise ships, but I also enjoy the flowe...
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Peggy's Cove Light at Sunset

July 17, 2019 - I visited Peggy's Cove Light yesterday in the hopes of enjoying a good sunset. It was a gorgeous warm summer evening. P...
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Aspotogan Peninsula

July 16, 2019 - We took a Sunday tour of the Aspotogan Peninsula, Nova Scotia. This route is scenic with numerous small fishing ports, a...
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Great Blue Heron

July 15, 2019 - Every once in a while the stars align for a photographer. This happened with this Great Blue Heron. The target and hope...
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Salt Marsh Birds

July 13, 2019 - The coastal salt marshes of Nova Scotia are active and full of specialty birds like the Nelson's Sparrow, Savannah Sparr...
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White Admiral Butterfly

July 13, 2019 - The White Admiral Butterfly is common and widespread in Nova Scotia. Like all butterflies they don't like to pose. Whit...
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AIDAVita

July 13, 2019 - AIDAvita is a medium sized cruise ship, nicely proportioned and designed. This one was photographed off Shoal Point at t...
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Adventure of the Seas

July 12, 2019 - The Adventure of the Seas is a large cruise ship with odd features; waterslide and minature golf on the top deck! Who ne...
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Grass Pink Orchid

July 11, 2019 - The Grass Pink Orchid is a wide spread and common orchid of Nova Scotia bogs, blooming later but overlapping with the Dr...
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Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid

July 08, 2019 - I visited the Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid colony about two weeks ago just prior to its usual blooming. Only two orchid h...
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Zaandam

July 06, 2019 - Zaandaam is a medium sized cruise ship, attractively designed. I photographed it off Chebucto Head/Shoal Point, Nova Sco...
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Little Blue Heron

July 04, 2019 - I encountered two adult and one second year(mostly white) blue Herons. The photographic framing was not as good as my fi...
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Dragon's Mouth Orchid

July 03, 2019 - The Dragon's Mouth Orchid is a small bog orchid, abundant and wide spread in suitable habitat. These photos were taken...
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Queen Mary 2

July 03, 2019 - The Queen Mary 2 has made her second visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia this year. This ship and possibly her smaller sibling...
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Snapping Turtle

July 01, 2019 - This Snapping Turtle was beside the road, perhaps considering a place to scratch out a hole in gravel and lay eggs. The...
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Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid

June 26, 2019 - The Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid is one of the most common orchids in Nova Scotia rivaling the bog orchids in numbers. A g...
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Cedar Waxwing

June 25, 2019 - The Audrey Hepburn of birds displaying the most beauty and grace is the Bohemian Waxwing. unfortunately it is a winter v...
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Little Blue Heron

June 22, 2019 - I photographed this Little Blue Heron in terrible backlighting conditions, the curse of all photographers. Nevertheless,...
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Painted Trillium

June 21, 2019 - Whereas spring was two to three weeks late in Nova Scotia this year it did not seem to effect the later flowering wildfl...
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Blackpoll Warbler

June 21, 2019 - The Blackpoll Warbler is a common nesting species in Nova Scotia along coastal boreal forests, the wilder and wetter the...
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Spring Warblers of Nova Scotia

June 21, 2019 - Here's my roundup of the spring warblers of Nova Scotia. The general rules apply; I identify 95% of what I hear, see 15...
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Wood Turtle

June 20, 2019 - The Wood Turtle is listed as endangered by the federal government. Their forest and watercourse habitat has been systema...
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Ram's Head Orchid

June 18, 2019 - The Ram's Head Orchid is Nova Scotia rarest or hardest to find native orchid. It prefers dappled light into alkaline soi...
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Yellow Ladies' Slipper Orchid

June 17, 2019 - The Yellow Ladies' Slipper Orchid is a hard to find gem like the Ram's Head Orchid. They prefer dry alkaline soil and fu...
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Blackburnian Warbler and American Redstart

June 15, 2019 - Two warblers that make good use of colour are the American Redstart and Blackburnian Warbler. Interestingly, their songs...
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Nelson's Sparrow and Salt Marsh Friends

June 15, 2019 - The Nelson's Sparrow is a denizen of our coastal salt marshes easily located thanks to its emphatic buzz. It's a handsom...
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Pine Warbler

June 12, 2019 - The Pine Warbler is an early arrival to its nesting grounds. You guessed it, it prefers tall mature pine trees which doe...
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Olive-sided Flycatcher

June 12, 2019 - The Olive-sided Flycatcher is an elusive bird except for its continuous telltale song, "quick-three-beers". Its a specie...
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Bay-breasted Warbler

June 12, 2019 - The theory of insanity was starting to show itself after I tried twice to find the Bay-breasted Warbler in the same loca...
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Lewis's Woodpecker

June 08, 2019 - The Lewis's Woodpecker is a resident and short distance migrant of the continental west up to British Columbia. I looked...
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

June 05, 2019 - This was our second adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak of this spring. It was hungry and lingered at the feeder, a much t...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Expedition

June 04, 2019 - I took an overnight trip to Chignecto Provincial Parks. My target species were Mourning Warbler and Cape May Warbler res...
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Turkey Vulture

June 04, 2019 - I saw this pair of Turkey Vultures on my second morning of my visit to Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. I have never seen...
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Canada Jay

June 04, 2019 - Canada Jay There was a national competition and vote for Canada's National Bird. This bird won as it should. It is an a...
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My Second Walkabout at Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park

May 31, 2019 - I enjoyed my second warbler walk of the year at Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park although I had a late start and could onl...
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My First Walkabout of the Year at Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park

May 28, 2019 - I enjoyed my first walk of the year at Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park. The weather has been so lousy even the rhodora is...
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Spring Migrants and a Few Winter Friends

May 26, 2019 - It has been a nasty spring in Nova Scotia with constant rain, wind and near freezing night time temperatures. I haven't...
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

May 26, 2019 - This male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was a visitor to our property. I photographed it through the kitchen window, always a c...
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Black-bellied Whistling Duck

May 26, 2019 - This Black-bellied Whistling duck was content to lie about in the sunshine as the property owner cut the grass nearby. I...
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Painted Bunting

May 26, 2019 - The Painted Bunting is a rare southern visitor to Nova Scotia usually seen at feeders. It's a durable bird, one having s...
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A Few Recent Birds

May 05, 2019 - The Pine Warbler is an annual regular nester in Nova Scotia and seems to prefer its own company, hence it appears to nes...
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Glossy Ibis

May 05, 2019 - The Glossy Ibis remains at Brookfield Marsh. Ducks Unlimited has provided a great deal of wonderful habitat not only for...
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Great Egret at Brookfield Marsh

May 02, 2019 - I went to Brookfield Marsh early in the morning and to my delight the great white bird was already in attendance. For re...
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Sunrise and Moonset at Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park

May 02, 2019 - Sunrise and moonset is not a chime for "Fiddler on the Roof". This is my first moonset photograph in years and interesti...
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Ships Entering and Leaving Halifax Harbour

April 21, 2019 - These marine photos were taken from Chebucto Head(Shoal Point) and Duncan Reef.
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Martinique Beach Piping Plovers

April 15, 2019 - A trip to Martinique Beach, our first outing of the year, yielded a superb day albeit with cold offshore winds. A pair o...
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Harbour Seal, Butcher's Falls and Ipswich Sparrow

April 04, 2019 - Winter's icy grip is slowly receding and humans can get out and about again onto the beaches and into the woodlands. Bu...
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Bald Eagles and Red-tailed Hawk

February 17, 2019 - I took a quick tour of the valley west of Halifax to search for raptors and owls. I had no luck with owls my preferred t...
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Ruffed Grouse

February 17, 2019 - This Ruffed Grouse has visited our place on several occasions, always at dusk, and in the same birch tree in our back ya...
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Barred Owl

January 12, 2019 - I glanced out our kitchen window near dusk and there was a Barred Owl sitting in a tree. This is the first Barred Owl I...
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A Very Late American Bittern

January 02, 2019 - A Very Late American Bittern in Sambro Salt Marsh ………..suffering and dying of starvation and hypothermia.
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Harlequin Duck at Sambro Harbour

January 02, 2019 - Harlequin Duck at Sambro Harbour
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Wintering Black Guillemot In Sambro Harbour

January 02, 2019 - Wintering Black Guillemot in Sambro Harbour
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First Snowfall of the Winter

January 02, 2019 - I toured my local area to photograph the first snowfall of the season. With a cloudy sky images are starkly black and wh...
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Sambro Island Sunrise December 2018

December 18, 2018 - I visited Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park twice this month to photograph the sun rising behind Sambro Island and...
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Turkey Vultures

November 29, 2018 - When I came to Nova Scotia in 2000 Turkey Vultures were rare to uncommon in the Halifax Area. About 2010 they began to m...
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A Very Late Greater Yellowlegs

November 29, 2018 - I visited Sandy Cove which is the best single birding location I've encountered in Nova Scotia and I've been to a lot of...
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And then the rains came...

November 29, 2018 - .....and then then the rains came. It was a major rainstorm so I visited a few of my usual spots to photograph the delug...
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Fall Scenery Around Nova Scotia

October 29, 2018 - I photographed a diverse mix of Nova Scotia images in my travels during the fall. The leaves are changing and falling du...
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Angry Sea in Black and White

October 29, 2018 - I've captured a few images of surf breaking on the rocks of Duncan Reef. These examples are presented in black and white...
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Late Migrating Birds in Nova Scotia

October 29, 2018 - I've captured a few of the late migrants of our Nova Scotia nesting species of birds. The transient birds from the west...
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Sunrise at Sambro Island, Nova Scotia

October 28, 2018 - The most spectacular sunrises I've ever witnessed have been over Sambro Island in early December when the sun rises dire...
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Evangeline Beach Shorebirds

October 17, 2018 - I visit Evangeline Beach every year to see the shorebirds; mostly Semipalmated Plovers and Semipalmated Sandpipers with...
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Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia

October 17, 2018 - I took the grand tour along the south shore to Yarmouth and then back along the French shore to visit the magnificent ch...
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Eglise Sacre-Coeur Church

October 17, 2018 - Eglise Sacre-Coeur Church, French shore, Nova Scotia was the only church on my tour that I did not enter. It certainly l...
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Eglise-Saint Alphonse Church, Nova Scotia

October 17, 2018 - I met the caretaker of Eglise-Saint Alphonse Church. He has serviced this church for most of his life. He told me that t...
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Eglise Sainte-Marie Church

October 17, 2018 - Eglise Sainte-Marie Church is my second church on my visit to the French shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. This church is un...
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Mushrooms, Lichens, Mosses and Fungi

October 14, 2018 - A walk through a trail at Smiley's Provincial Park after a rain is a bonanza for lovers of mushrooms, lichens, mosses an...
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Peggy's Cove Visit September 2018

October 14, 2018 - Laura and I visited Peggy's Cove in lat September. The images are typical of the place except for the stitched image of...
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L'Eglise de Saint-Bernard Church

September 18, 2018 - This post is the first of three posts on the remarkable churches of the French shore of Nova Scotia. L'Eglise de Saint-B...
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Yellow-crowned Night Heron, the Revisit

September 17, 2018 - The Yellow-crowned Night Heron made a revisit to the salt marsh on the Chebucto Peninsula. This heron is unusual because...
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Grey Catbird

September 11, 2018 - Grey Catbirds nested in our front yard rose bramble again this year. They celebrate before and after nesting with a sing...
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Monarch Butterfly

September 10, 2018 - The Monarch Butterfly is always a delight to see and photograph. One year I hiked to Pennant Point, Crystal Crescent Bea...
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Yellow-crowned Night Heron

September 09, 2018 - The coastline from Duncan's Cove to Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park offers superb birding year round. This includ...
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Bay-breasted Warbler

July 21, 2018 - I searched for the Bay-breasted Warbler in May and June in my usual places without luck. By late July most will have lef...
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Nuttall Brook Falls

July 18, 2018 - Laura and I are back on the waterfall circuit despite the lack of rain which is necessary for a good display. Our first...
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Nelson's Sparrow

July 18, 2018 - The Nelson's Sparrow is a common denizen of our coastal wetlands. It's elegant appearance belies its buzzy trill. Yet th...
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Hebridean Sky

July 05, 2018 - Hebridean Sky From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to search Sea Explorer in harbor of Rethym...
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Canada Day July 1, 2018, Halifax Waterfront

July 05, 2018 - Laura and I enjoyed a late afternoon with friends at the Halifax waterfront on Canada Day. The weather was hot but quite...
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Showy Ladies' Slipper Orchid July 4, 2018

July 05, 2018 - I enjoyed my annual but quick visit to the Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid patch yesterday in sweltering heat. To my delight...
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Flycatchers, Sparrows and Vireos

June 27, 2018 - The Eastern Wood-Pewee appears in my experience to be declining. Many of the locations where I used to find them are now...
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Early Wildflowers of Nova Scotia

June 25, 2018 - Wildflowers are always special; a treat to see and smell, a boon to birds and bees, and a reminder of how it used to be...
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June Warblers of Nova Scotia

June 25, 2018 - Warblers are a tricky bird to photograph. I can usually identify about 95% by song, peeps and tweets can be tricky, see...
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Early Orchids of Nova Scotia

June 25, 2018 - I visited my usual locations for early orchids. Unfortunately members of flora groups and their friends have torn out mo...
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Sambro Island Ominous

June 25, 2018 - I see Sambro Island and Light almost every day yet it seldom shows such an ominous look as in this series of photographs...
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Thrushes and Mimic Thrushes

June 25, 2018 - I visited my usual locations to find and photograph the Swainson's thrush. The Hermit Thrush just appeared in front of m...
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Tall Ship NRP Sagres Visits Halifax

June 25, 2018 - NRP Sagres (1937) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the thi...
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Pine Warbler

June 25, 2018 - The Pine Warbler is a recent nesting species in Nova Scotia. We have visited and confirmed our colony by song and photog...
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Cruise Ship Fram

May 09, 2018 - The Fram is a specialized ship designed for nature experiences in exotic and cold locations. I snapped this photo(s) fro...
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Duck Reef Loop at Duncan Reef, Nova Scotia

May 04, 2018 - A favorite walk and hike of mine is the Duck Reef loop at Duncan's Cove/Duncan Reef. Park your car at the Duncan's Cove...
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Indigo Bunting

May 01, 2018 - This Indigo Bunting was at Sandy Cove's beach, Halifax municipality. This location is a local hot spot as it entices mig...
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Upland Sandpiper

May 01, 2018 - The Upland Sandpiper is a favourite bird of mine well remembered from my years living on the Canadian prairies. We often...
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Grey-cheeked Thrush

May 01, 2018 - This Grey-cheeked Thrush was on Cape Sable Island. It's very similar to the much rarer Bicknell's Thrush found on Cape B...
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Peggy's Cove Sunset, April 11, 2018.

April 14, 2018 - I went to Peggy's Cove the evening of April 11 to photograph the sunset. It was brutally cold for the time of year but I...
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The Day After the Great April 8, 2018 Snow Storm

April 10, 2018 - Here in Nova Scotia we had an early spring snow storm after glorious weather for most of the winter. So despite my prefe...
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Searching for the Best Pocket Camera

April 10, 2018 - I've been searching for the ideal pocket camera for a couple of years. I've tried most brands and sensor sizes. Leica is...
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Ipswich Sparrow

April 06, 2018 - The Ipswich Sparrow is an "all-Canadian bird", born and raised mostly on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. It's adapted...
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Moving Waters

April 04, 2018 - I took a trip to one of our natural cascades here in Nova Scotia. Water scenes are always a challenge since slow exposur...
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Tricoloured Heron Portraits

April 04, 2018 - My cameras images' natural ratios are 3:2 and 4:3 since this is the ratio of their sensors. The Tricoloured Heron was ph...
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Little Blue Heron

April 03, 2018 - This Little Blue Heron did not want to pose. It remained at the back of the salt marsh until it abruptly flew off. I man...
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Blue Moon March 31, 2018

April 01, 2018 - The Blue Moon of March 31, 2018 is the second blue moon within 29 days. There were four full moons in three months, two...
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Tricoloured Heron in the Ultimate Pose

March 30, 2018 - I obtained my best photos of the Tricoloured Heron last Wednesday evening. I went to the Sambro Head Salt Marsh at about...
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Tricoloured Heron and Great Egret

March 25, 2018 - While I was at the Sambro Head Salt Marsh this morning the Great Egret and the Tricoloured Heron decided quite obligingl...
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Tricoloured Heron

March 25, 2018 - Yesterday after photographing the Great Egret I returned to the marsh and immediately found a Tricoloured Heron. It was...
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Great Egret

March 25, 2018 - I photographed a Great Egret at Sambro Head Salt Marsh yesterday and today. This marsh has been a favorite of waders sin...
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Orange-crowned Warbler

March 23, 2018 - An Orange-crowned Warbler is no big deal in Florida's winter but it sure is here in Portuguese Cove, Nova Scotia. This d...
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Blue Supermoon

March 21, 2018 - The evening of January 31, 2018 was the time I was looking up at the night sky for the blue supermoon, the largest full...
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Water and Ice

March 21, 2018 - Water, light and Ice are always fascinating photographic subjects, if a bit treacherous at times to access. Now during t...
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Coastal Nova Scotia

March 20, 2018 - I enjoyed a winter's drive along the coast of Nova Scotia photographing architecture, fishing wharves and over-wintering...
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Merlin

March 20, 2018 - Merlin's have always been a challenge for me to photograph. They will perch for long periods scanning for prey but are s...
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Iceland Gull

March 20, 2018 - I encountered this Iceland Gull while searching for another bird. It was at Fisherman's Cove in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia....
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An Over-wintering Orange-crowned Warbler In Portuguese Cove

March 19, 2018 - Laura and I are enjoying the company of an over-wintering Orange-crowned Warbler. I don't feed it crickets, at least not...
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A Man and a Yellow-throated Warbler

March 19, 2018 - I visited Petite Riviere early in February to see and photograph an over-wintering Yellow-throated Warbler. This warbler...
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Ocean View Log Home at Portuguese Cove, Nova Scotia, for Sale

March 14, 2018 - Phone 902-430-6340 Email [email protected] Ocean View Log Home for Sale in Portuguese Cove, Nova Scotia $389,90...
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Test Series of Minolta 500mm F8 Reflex Lens

March 03, 2018 - I took a series of photos using the Minolta 500mm F8 autofocus reflex lens and my Sony a99ii. The lens is a little soft...
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Blustery Weather

February 05, 2018 - January is well known for its blustery weather in Nova Scotia. Expect monstrous snowfalls, coastal tidal surges and wind...
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Country Homes

February 05, 2018 - Nova Scotia is renowned for its coastal home architecture. Some homes are simple and others are for the super rich. Nov...
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Tundra Swan

February 05, 2018 - A Tundra Swan is a very uncommon visitor to Nova Scotia in January. This one was in Hubbards. I wish it well on its jour...
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Peggy's Cove and Light

February 05, 2018 - I drove the Eastern Chebucto Peninsula loop, Nova Scotia, to view Peggy's Cove and other coastal sites. The route change...
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Bald Eagles

February 05, 2018 - Bald Eagles are a common site in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, in January and February since most of the chicken ra...
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So You Want to be a Fisher

January 01, 2018 - After the movie, The Perfect Storm, there is romance and adventure associated with off shore fishing well here's another...
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Last Photos of 2017

January 01, 2018 - The cold weather has kept us cabin bound but we ventured forth around our place at Portuguese Cove for one last look at...
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Wood Duck Known as Sanford

January 01, 2018 - The Wood Duck which we have named Sanford after the park he frequents summer and winter, Sir Sanford Fleming Park, Halif...
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Great Egret

January 01, 2018 - This Great Egret was fishing for eels successfully on the north shore of Cole Harbour just after Christmas and before th...
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Mistle Thrush

December 16, 2017 - I joined the stampede to New Brunswick to see our continent's first confirmed record* of a Mistle Thrush. This European...
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Late Migrating Birds

December 02, 2017 - Every year there are late migrating passerines(perching birds). I photographed Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Comm...
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Yellow-crowned Night Heron and Crab

December 01, 2017 - I watched this Yellow-crowned Night Heron as it fed. It's bill of fare consists of minnows, eels, shrimp and its mainsta...
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Snowy Egret

November 26, 2017 - The Snowy Egret visited the Sambro Bog and perhaps stayed too long for its own good. I wish it well on its journey. I wa...
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Fall Colours 2017

October 30, 2017 - Fall colours in Nova Scotia are always a treat to see and photograph. I toured a few common spots for these images.
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Hard Drive Failure but the Birds Keep Coming

October 30, 2017 - I visited Duncan Reef yesterday and met my first Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs of the year. The photos seen here a...
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Yellow Ladies'-Tresses Orchid

September 23, 2017 - The Yellow Ladies'-Tresses Orchid is the latest blooming of our native orchids. It is found on partially exposed barren...
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Yellow-crowned Night Heron

September 22, 2017 - I found my second Yellow-crowned Night Heron of the year. This is my third one between Ketch Harbour and Indian Harbour...
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Mushrooms, Fungi, Lichens and Mosses

September 01, 2017 - Smiley's Provincial Park is a bonanza for mushrooms, fungi, lichens and mosses in late August and early September. I sus...
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Ruddy Turnstone

August 25, 2017 - There were several Ruddy Turnstones in breeding plumage and juvenile Spotted Sandpipers at Duncan Reef. The best time to...
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Queen Mary 2

August 24, 2017 - I enjoyed photographing the annual departure of the Queen Mary 2 near sunset when the best light is available. This was...
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Armada of Tall Ships

August 24, 2017 - Armada of Tall Ships Rendez-vous 2017 Halifax, Nova Scotia, August 1, 2017 Most ships can be identified by their name...
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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

August 19, 2017 - Yellow-crowned Night-Heron The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron is a hard to find but annual regular to Nova Scotia. This one...
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Solitary Sandpipers

August 16, 2017 - I found two Solitary Sandpipers this morning. One was tame as they usually are and the other one was skittish. This unco...
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Blackpoll Warbler, Snowy Egret and Little Blue Heron

June 23, 2017 - I had planned to search for the Blackpoll Warbler two days ago but the squalls kept me off the coastal boreal forest. No...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure

June 21, 2017 - I visited Cape Chignecto Provincial Park last week, an annual pilgrimage for me. My target species were Mourning Warbler...
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Chezzetcook Salt Marsh

June 21, 2017 - The Chezzetcook Salt Marsh is one of the largest accessible salt marshes in the Halifax area and always surprises me wit...
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Nelson's Sparrow

June 21, 2017 - I usually photograph the Nelson's Sparrow at Rainbow Haven Provincial Park but do to the squalls yesterday I opted for t...
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Black-bellied Whistling Duck

June 21, 2017 - I left early yesterday morning to see and photograph the Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Musquodoboit Harbour. It's a ve...
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Warbler Walk, June 4, Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park

June 21, 2017 - I led my annual warbler walk at Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park on June 4. The sky threatened but never rained on us. We...
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Old Annapolis Road Trail

June 01, 2017 - The Old Annapolis Road Trail is one of my favourite places near Halifax. It's great for a leisurely nature hike or for n...
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Ram's Head Orchid, Yellow Ladies Slipper Orchid and Painted Trillium

May 28, 2017 - I went to a couple of my favourite places this morning primarily searching for rare and endangered orchids. They are get...
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Pine Warbler

May 21, 2017 - Pine Warbler Laura and I found a Pine Warbler for the sixth year in a row in the same location. This small breeding col...
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Canadian Warblers are Returning

May 18, 2017 - I spent about two hours along Sandy Cove Road this morning and enjoyed a nice arrival of warblers, perhaps a week early,...
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Sandhill Crane

May 11, 2017 - I found this Sandhill Crane alongside Route 224 on the way to Shubenacadie. It was clustered with a dozen Canada Geese....
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Canada Jay

May 09, 2017 - I encountered a pair of Canada Jays along Sandy Cove Road. They haven't molted yet so their plumage is a little rough. T...
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Sunset at Peggy's Cove

May 07, 2017 - It's been done a gazillion times by as many people, photographing the sunset at Peggy's Cove. Nevertheless for Nova Scot...
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Prothonotary Warbler and Many Other Birds

April 24, 2017 - I had a good morning of photography in mild temperatures and bright sunshine until the fog began to roll in late morning...
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Audio Recording of Cardinal Singing Predawn

April 19, 2017 - My young male Cardinal is singing hard for a mate. I recorded it predawn this morning and scanned my camera around a bit...
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Cardinal Singing in the Morning and Brown Thrasher

April 14, 2017 - The Northern Cardinal was singing brightly this morning on our power line. It was backlit which compromises the photo bu...
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Prothonotary Warbler

April 10, 2017 - The Prothonotary Warbler is a an annual regular to Nova Scotia and is locally rare. In Canada it breeds along a narrow s...
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Butcher's Falls After a Rain

April 09, 2017 - I took a tour of the Musquodoboit Valley in hopes of finding some early waders but alas no luck. I stopped off at Butche...
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Winter of the Finch

March 31, 2017 - The lousy weather continues in Nova Scotia with more snow and wind. All the birds know it's spring though since they are...
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Nova Scotia Woodlands in Spring

March 27, 2017 - Yes, it's spring in Nova Scotia but you wouldn't know it by taking a woodland walk through our Acadian forest. I followe...
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Northern Cardinal

March 14, 2017 - Our juvenile Northern Cardinal arrived in the summer and was soon joined by a juvenile female. These birds are a big dea...
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Pink-footed Goose and Red-throated Loon

February 19, 2017 - Laura and I enjoyed this 7 degree day by looking for the reported Pink-footed Goose and Sandhill Crane. We found the Pin...
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Warbler Walk June 4, 2017 and February, 2017, Edition of The Bridge

February 16, 2017 - My annual warbler walk will be held as usual on the first Sunday morning of June, this year at 7AM, June 4, 2017, at Jer...
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Aspotogan Peninsula

January 31, 2017 - Our long dreary winters can cause cabin fever so my remedy was a tour of the Aspotogan Peninsula on this cloudy but brig...
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Red-tailed Hawk and Bald Eagle

January 22, 2017 - I took a quick tour around Canning and Sheffield Mills, Nova Scotia, searching for raptors. My best photographs although...
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Red-headed Woodpecker

January 17, 2017 - I went to Bass River, Nova Scotia yesterday to find and photograph the juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker. If this handsome...
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Carolina Wren

December 26, 2016 - The Carolina Wren is an infrequent visitor to Nova Scotia. I photographed this one in Queens County in 2010. I never loa...
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Moving Water

November 27, 2016 - I visited a few of my favourite water courses for some moving water photos. These are stylized photographs at long expos...
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Supermoon November 14, 2016

November 15, 2016 - The supermoon of November 14, 2016 is the largest supermoon since 1946 and hence the closest approach to earth since the...
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Sundew

October 26, 2016 - I am behind on my photos as this posting illustrates. Laura and I encounter this carnivorous plant on our evening walks...
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The Coastal Barrens of Nova Scotia in Late October

October 26, 2016 - I drove the Peggy's Cove loop to photograph the coastal barrens. "Barrens" is such a poor choice of words to describe th...
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The Fall Colours of West Hants County

October 24, 2016 - I visited West Hants County to photograph and enjoy the fall colours. The area in and around Smiley's Provincial Park is...
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Fall Colours of the Hardwood Lands of Colchester County

October 23, 2016 - Last Thursday I toured the hardwood lands of Colchester County, Nova Scotia, to see and photograph the fall colours. The...
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Northern Cardinal and Vegetable Garden Raiding Buck

September 07, 2016 - Northern Cardinal and Vegetable Garden Raiding Buck In 16 years at our place in Portuguese Cove we've never had more th...
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Early Summer Orchids and Other Wildflowers

July 08, 2016 - When I first got into photography it was mostly about birds. Now its birds, animals, butterflies, wildflowers, orchids,...
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Canada Day July 1, 2016, Halifax Waterfront

July 01, 2016 - Laura and I spent Canada Day, July 1, 2016, at the Halifax waterfront. The weather was perfect, mostly sunshine, some cl...
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Yellow Lady's-slipper Orchid

June 27, 2016 - Prior to our departure on June 13 for the Newfoundland adventure, other wise known as, "wind, rain and fog", I took two...
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Eastern Wood-pewee, Least Flycatcher and Swainson's Thrush

June 10, 2016 - The Eastern Wood-pewee is a species of special concern. It is declining in numbers probably due to the environment of it...
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White Rhodora

June 08, 2016 - I believe the White Rhodora is a colour morph of the common Rhodora. It blooms early to mid June and is easily dissipate...
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Three Stunning Warblers

June 08, 2016 - There are many stunning warblers sometimes stunning beyond belief. Three common stunners here in Nova Scotia are America...
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Old Annapolis Road Trail

May 26, 2016 - I did a tour of the Old Annapolis Road Trail today both to check out the safety of the trail since it is no longer maint...
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Canada Warbler Joins the Roundup

May 23, 2016 - There are at least 16 species of warbler on territory in three locations with 14 species at Jerry Lawrence Provincial Pa...
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Early Warblers at Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park

May 16, 2016 - I enjoyed my first albeit brief warbler hunt at Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park this morning. There were rain squalls and...
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Great Egret

May 01, 2016 - Yesterday I took advantage of available time and decent weather to rush out to Brookfield Marsh to photograph the Great...
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Tree Versus Trail

April 30, 2016 - Last Sunday Laura and I explored the Tree Versus Trail at Sir Sanford Fleming Park. Along this route are eight photograp...
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Pine Warblers

April 29, 2016 - The Pine Warbler is a new nesting warbler in Nova Scotia. This is the fifth consecutive year(or longer) that Pine Warble...
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Cedar Waxwings

April 28, 2016 - The most elegant bird in Canada is the Bohemian Waxwing. When I say elegant I mean, "Audrey Hepburn" elegant. The Cedar...
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Glossy Ibis and Little Blue Heron

April 27, 2016 - I took my longest trip of the year yesterday with a 7AM departure from Portuguese Cove to Little Dover. I took the highw...
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Louisiana Waterthrush and Friends

April 07, 2016 - I found and photographed the Louisiana Waterthrush yesterday at the third cobbly beach, Crystal Crescent Provincial Park...
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Ipswich Sparrow

April 04, 2016 - Other priorities prevented me from arriving at Crystal Crescent Beach early this morning to find and photograph the Loui...
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White-winged Crossbill, Goldfinch and Tree Sparrow

April 01, 2016 - The White-winged Crossbill continues to be a daily regular at our place in Portuguese Cove(up to and including April 4)...
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White-winged Crossbill Continues to Visit

March 29, 2016 - The White-winged Crossbill continues to be a regular at our feeder in Portuguese Cove. All photos except two are taken t...
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Ring-necked Ducks

March 28, 2016 - Laura and I enjoyed a walk-around of the Frog Pond, Sir Sanford Fleming Park, yesterday. Sanford, the Wood Duck, was now...
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White-winged Crossbill

March 27, 2016 - A first winter male White-winged Crossbill paid us a quick visit today. It came in with a bunch of Bohemian Waxwings tha...
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Fox Sparrow and Tree Sparrow

March 23, 2016 - I photographed two of my favourite sparrows yesterday, both through two layers of window glass. Any attempt at opening a...
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CCGS Cape Roger

March 20, 2016 - The CCGS Cape Roger is a new coast guard ship for me. It sailed past our place this morning. It is primarily a search an...
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Winter's Last Gasp

March 12, 2016 - Yesterday was our winter's last gasp, surely. I took an hour to photograph some of the local scenery. Usually our snow s...
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Winter's Icy Grip

March 05, 2016 - I went up to Butcher's Falls on March 4 to see what the recent cold weather had accomplished. I call this, "Winter's Icy...
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Conjunction of Jupiter and our Moon

February 24, 2016 - After our visit to Peggy`s Cove yesterday to photograph the sunset I was just minding my own business loitering in the l...
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Peggy`s Cove Sunset

February 24, 2016 - OK, I know that every Nova Scotian and most of Moldova have already photographed this event, as I have in the past, but...
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Grey Catbird and Friends

February 13, 2016 - A Grey Catbird arrived yesterday and was working the multiflora tangles for berries in the front and back yard. I manage...
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SPS Patiño (A14)

February 12, 2016 - The SPS Patiño (A14) arrived this morning. It passed our place off Portuguese Cove at 7:30AM. This is the replacement fo...
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February 2016 Edition of The Bridge

February 09, 2016 - Here is the February, 2016, edition of The Bridge. This newsletter highlights the good work of the Five Bridges Wilderne...
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Saving our Chat

January 21, 2016 - Our Yellow-breasted Chat remains alert, active and eats vigorously several times per day. It remains alive only because...
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Yellow-breasted Chat in 2016

January 03, 2016 - Our Yellow-breasted Chat remains healthy and alert. It feeds several times a day and there is no doubt now that it will...
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Yellow-breasted Chat in its First Snowfall

December 27, 2015 - Our Yellow-breasted Chat took its first snowfall in stride. The bird is active, alert, stealthy and beautiful. No distan...
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Christmas Day Full Moon, First One in Thirty Eight Years

December 26, 2015 - Laura and I arrived home about 7PM on Christmas Day and the sky was partially overcast. I hoped for a small break in the...
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Christmas Day Yellow-breasted Chat, December 25, 2015

December 26, 2015 - Our Yellow-breasted Chat was on station all of Christmas Day, eating multflora berries, grapes and yes even a chunk of s...
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Yellow-breasted Chat

December 22, 2015 - The Yellow-breasted Chat that arrived yesterday at our place in Portuguese Cove to celebrate the winter solstice with us...
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Sandhill Cranes

December 17, 2015 - I found the Sandhill Cranes in Milford this morning. These are probably the same birds I first photographed August 24, 2...
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Mountain Bluebirds

December 11, 2015 - I left Portuguese Cove at 6:30AM, December 10, for the drive to Cape Sable Island on the first leg of my Mountain Bluebi...
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Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

December 08, 2015 - On the morning of December 7 on my hike to Duncan Reef I first heard and then saw and photographed a Blue-grey Gnatcatch...
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White-winged Dove

December 03, 2015 - Our White-winged Dove was back again today and offered some photographic opportunities despite the rain and gloom. I pho...
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White-winged Dove and Tree Sparrows(Winter Sparrows)

December 02, 2015 - Migration is four to six weeks late this year. Finally, on December 1, we had our first Tree Sparrows arrive at our plac...
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Sanford and Son(Wood Ducks)

November 25, 2015 - Ray Staszko alerted me this afternoon to the presence of a second male Wood Duck at the Frog Pond, Sir Sanford Fleming P...
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Sharp-shinned Hawk

November 23, 2015 - The Sharp-shinned Hawk is a regular visitor to our place in Portuguese Cove especially in the winter. These beautiful bi...
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Purple Finches and Multiflora Berries

November 15, 2015 - It's been a quiet start leading up to winter photography. Gloomy days and high winds have discouraged walkabouts. The Tr...
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Snow Buntings and Gale at Duncan Reef

October 31, 2015 - Yesterday there was a gale at Duncan Reef. The sea was alive and so were the Snow Buntings. I sat at my usual spot snugg...
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Ring-necked Pheasant Behaviour

October 28, 2015 - Last winter, 2014-15, was a killer with two successive flash freezes that left my yard, driveway and surrounding forest...
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Sanford the Wood Duck

October 21, 2015 - The famous Spryfield Wood Duck is back! Laura Elliott and I encountered the bird yesterday evening during a walk around...
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Barbara Hinds

October 20, 2015 - I found out recently about the passing of Barbara Hinds. We lost touch in recent years but I remember her well for grace...
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Snow Buntings and Ipswich Sparrow

October 19, 2015 - Laura Elliott and I visited Duncan Reef this afternoon and found three Snow Buntings and one Ipswich Sparrow. There was...
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Ipswich Sparrow

October 14, 2015 - This was my first trip to Duncan Reef in two weeks thanks to a virus and lousy weather. The wind was howling from the so...
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Baltimore Oriole and Indigo Bunting

October 14, 2015 - Visits by two recent migrants were pixel captured at our place in Portuguese Cove. I've given up trying to lower the win...
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Crested Caracara

October 14, 2015 - Laura and I were out the door, October 14, at 6:30AM and on our way to visit the Crested Caracara at Gaspereau, Nova Sco...
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Little Blue Heron, Brookfield Marsh

October 06, 2015 - The highlight of my October 5 trip was finding the juvenile Little Blue Heron at Brookfield Marsh. The level line of sig...
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Butcher's Falls After the Deluge

October 06, 2015 - I visited Butcher's Falls, October 5, hoping for some spectacular photos after the deluge we had in the province. Here i...
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Monge A601, French Navy

October 06, 2015 - Prior to leaving on my Brookfield Marsh-Butcher's Falls, October 5, excursion Laura spotted an interesting ship entering...
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Wilson's Snipe

October 02, 2015 - Laura and I visited Brookfield Marsh September 30, just ahead of the deluge. We immediately spotted a juvenile Little Bl...
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Little Blue Heron, Canning

October 01, 2015 - Laura and I found the juvenile Little Blue Heron September 29 in Canning, Nova Scotia. It never came close so my cropped...
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Supermoon Eclipse September 27, 2015

October 01, 2015 - I among millions of others photographed the Supermoon Eclipse of September 27, 2015. A good refractor with tracking was...
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Late Summer Birds of Duncan Reef

September 25, 2015 - This compendium of some of the late summer birds of Duncan Reef includes the period between the last week of August to t...
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Butcher's Falls and Upper Burnside Falls

September 04, 2015 - On September 3, I took a cross country trip through the Musquodoboit Valley to visit two waterfalls; Butcher's Falls and...
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Sandhill Cranes

August 31, 2015 - Laura and I visited the Sandhill Cranes south of Shubenacadie August 24. We found four Sandhill Cranes within a ten minu...
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Baird's Sandpiper

August 28, 2015 - Here are some Baird's Sandpiper photographs from August 25. I checked Duncan Reef this morning but there was no joy. Th...
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Evangeline Beach Shorebirds

August 23, 2015 - I made two trips to Evangeline Beach this year in search of peeps; Semipalmated Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, White-...
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Cape Sable Journal

August 19, 2015 - I joined the stampede to Cape Sable on August 15, Cape Sable Day, the annual fundraising gala for the Cape Sable Light....
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Green Adder's Mouth Orchid

August 19, 2015 - Every year Laura and I haunt the coastal barrens looking primarily for the Green Adder's Mouth Orchid. Last year we stru...
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Smiley's Provincial Park

August 12, 2015 - Laura and I visited Smiley's Provincial Park twice in early August on the hunt for a rare orchid which we never did find...
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Blue Moon Over Portuguese Cove

August 05, 2015 - The blue moon rise at Portuguese Cove happened at 7:42AM, July 31. I took the following photographs about 13 hours later...
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The Wildflowers of the West Dalhousie Road

August 05, 2015 - After our visit to the Gardens of Annapolis Royal Laura and I followed the West Dalhousie Road home. This route is quiet...
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Wildflowers of Miner's Marsh

August 04, 2015 - Laura and I visited Miner's Marsh in Kentville, in late July. This was my first visit to this marsh and Laura's third....
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Annapolis Royal Gardens

August 04, 2015 - Laura and I visited the Annapolis Royal Gardens at Annapolis Royal July 25. The weather forcast was for cloudy bright co...
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Compendium of Early Summer Orchids of Nova Scotia

August 04, 2015 - This is a photographic compendium of early summer orchids from June 22 to July 31. Many more early summer orchid photogr...
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Queen Mary 2 at a Shoal Point Sunrise

August 04, 2015 - The morning of August 1 I saw the arrival of the Queen Mary 2 and the setting of the 2015 blue moon, the last blue moon...
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Fireflies on the Barrens of Shoal Point

July 19, 2015 - My first attempt at photographing the Queen Mary 2, although a failure due to darkness, exposed Laura and I to the myria...
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Queen Mary 2

July 19, 2015 - I attended at Chebucto Head Light(Shoal Point), July 10, to photograph the Queen Mary 2 on her first visit this year but...
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Queen Mary 2 and Fireflies

July 14, 2015 - Laura and I hoofed it up to Shoal Point, Friday July 10, the present location of what is known as the Chebucto Head Ligh...
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Showy Lady' Slipper Orchid

July 12, 2015 - I visited Smiley's Provincial Park for a second time to photograph the Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid. The photographs from...
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Old Growth Forest on Troop Island

July 08, 2015 - Beth McGee ferried me over to Troop('s) Island on Monday July 6. I didn't do a tour of the island or look for specific s...
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Showy Lady's-slipper and Yellow Lady's-slipper Orchids

July 04, 2015 - Beth McGee and I visited the Showy Lady's-slipper Orchids on Thursday morning July 2. The morning was rainy with light f...
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Pine Warbler and Least Sandpiper

May 23, 2015 - Laura and I visited Oakfield Provincial Park on May 16 to search for the Pine Warblers. This park was our first stop on...
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Canada Warbler at Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park

May 23, 2015 - I have found the Canada Warbler at Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park on territory in two locations, so far. I expect more C...
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The Ibis of Seaside Provincial Park

May 06, 2015 - Laura and I made the trip to Waterside Beach Provincial Park on Monday May 4, Nova Scotia, to see the White-faced Ibis(1...
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The Killer Winter

April 24, 2015 - The winter of 2015 was the worst in our experience and the worst for most folks in Nova Scotia. White Juan, a major stor...
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Fieldfare in Apple River, Nova Scotia

March 01, 2015 - I visited the Fieldfare in Apple River, Nova Scotia, February 27, for the second time. This was a day trip with a 6AM de...
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Eurasian Kestrel, Eurasian Wigeon and Others

February 22, 2015 - This sunny morning motivated me to tour around Halifax. My stops were Hartlen Point, The Dingle, Purcell's Cove, Ketch H...
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Fieldfare in Apple River, Nova Scotia

February 13, 2015 - I pondered a trip to Apple River, Nova Scotia, for days to see and photograph the Fieldfare but the weather has been dre...
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Raptors Aplenty

January 24, 2015 - Yesterday, January 23, was predicted to be the last good day of decent weather for a while so I decided to try and searc...
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Gathering of Bald Eagles

January 21, 2015 - I took a reconnaissance trip to Sheffield Mills, January 20, to view the assembling eagles. It was bitterly cold thanks...
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Wood Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, American Coot and Others

January 13, 2015 - The Wood Duck relocated from the Frog Pond to the Dingle when the Frog Pond froze over. The south end of the North-west...
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Eurasian Kestrel

January 02, 2015 - The Eurasian Kestrel was first found, photographed and reported by Kyle Shale on December 26, 2014 at Hartlen Point alth...
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Wood Duck and Pied-billed Grebe

November 17, 2014 - Laura and I went for a walk around the Frog Pond, Sir Sanford Fleming Park, Halifax, on Sunday November 16. Our target s...
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Cattle Egret

November 05, 2014 - I was on a prowl for a reported Snowy Egret that had moved somewhere from Duncan's Cove the day before. The ditches alon...
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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

October 10, 2014 - I encountered the Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Duncan Cove, Halifax Regional Municipality, on October 9, 2014. This elegant b...
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Brier Island Journal

September 24, 2014 - Laura and I visited Brier Island Sept 5-7, with a stop at Annapolis Royal Marsh on route. The weather was moderately coo...
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The Harvest Supermoon of 2014

September 23, 2014 - The harvest moon this year was also a supermoon since it was closer to our earth than during other times of the year. Us...
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180 Degree Double Rainbow and Largest and Brightest Supermoon of the Year

August 11, 2014 - Last Friday about 6PM I decided to risk a trip to Duncan Reef to photograph the Ruddy Turnstones passing through despite...
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Troop Island Journal, August 2, 2014

August 11, 2014 - I visited Troop Island for the second time this year on August 2. The weather was iffy with showers the day before and t...
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Shorebirds of Evangeline Beach

July 28, 2014 - Laura and I enjoyed our first visit of the year yesterday to Evangeline Beach, in search of shorebirds. We arrived at ab...
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Laughing Gulls at Sandy Cove's Beach, Halifax

July 17, 2014 - Four Laughing Gulls spent about a week at Sandy Cove's Beach. I checked on them daily and managed a few decent photos. S...
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Recent Birds

July 17, 2014 - I went to Meisner's Point again, for the last time this year, to search for the suddenly elusive Blackpoll Warbler. Once...
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Cliff Swallows Playing in the Mud

July 17, 2014 - After a visit to Dollar Lake Provincial Park, June 29, I went along Wyse Road since this road is often productive for wi...
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Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid

July 17, 2014 - Laura and I visited Smiley 's Provincial Park twice, once about a week before the end of June and on June 29. I returned...
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The Warblers of Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park

July 09, 2014 - About ten years ago I published a guide to the warblers of Lewis Lake Provincial Park, now renamed Jerry Lawrence Provin...
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Sambro Island Journal 2014

June 27, 2014 - Three of us, Ray Staszko, Keith Lowe and I, visited Sambro Island last Monday. I gave my companions just 24 hours notice...
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Golden Heather and Other Local Wildflowers

June 27, 2014 - Laura and I visited the Chebucto Head area last Sunday in fear of missing the blooming of the Golden Heather. It has jus...
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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

June 21, 2014 - I took a 24 hour trip to Cape Chignecto Provincial Park on Thursday and Friday. I left Thursday afternoon and after chec...
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Troop Island Journal

June 18, 2014 - Yesterday Laura and I were delighted to enjoy an outing to Troop Island, off Seabright, in St. Margaret's Bay with Beth...
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A Visit to Rainbow Haven Provincial Park

June 14, 2014 - I visited Meisner's Point yesterday in the hopes of photographing a Blackpoll Warbler but the weather did not cooperate...
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The Visit of the Queen Mary 2 to Halifax

June 14, 2014 - The Queen Mary 2 visited Halifax last Wednesday and I never miss an opportunity to see and photograph this grand ship. S...
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A Visit to Brookfield Marsh

June 14, 2014 - On my way to Truro I stopped for a short tour of Brookfield Marsh. It was too early for wildflower activity but I did en...
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Wildflower Walk Around the Frog Pond

June 14, 2014 - Laura and I took a wildflower walk around the Frog Pond, Sir Sanford Fleming Park, on Sunday primarily for the Pink Lady...
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Black Swallowtail

June 11, 2014 - Laura and I were enjoying our picnic lunch behind the Greenwings Legacy Interpretative Centre last Sunday when a butterf...
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Old Annapolis Road Trail

June 04, 2014 - I was pleased to hear from reliable sources that there may be changes in the works to curb the ATV activity in the old B...
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Flycatchers and Warblers

May 30, 2014 - I visited three places in recent days, Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park, Dollar Lake Provincial Park and Meisners Head, Ea...
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Painted Trillium

May 26, 2014 - Yesterday, Laura and I went to look at the Painted Trilliums along the Post Road, Mount Uniacke Museum Estate Park. Ther...
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Bay-breasted Warbler and Swainson's Thrush

May 26, 2014 - I took a drive on May 24 up to The Old Annapolis Road Trail system with Bay-breasted Warbler and Swainson's Thrush as my...
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Pine Warbler and Least Flycatchers

May 17, 2014 - There are at least two generations of Pine Warblers that may have bred at their breeding site. Two years ago Fulton Lave...
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Say's Phoebe at Sandy Cove's Beach

May 12, 2014 - On May 13 Richard Hatch phoned my house, Laura answered, at 8:45AM about a Say's Phoebe at Sandy Cove's Beach. I of cour...
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Master of Light and Dark

May 05, 2014 - · Hans Toom: Master of light and dark By Beverly Clarkson, Chebucto News May 2014 If you happen to be a senior who is l...
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Harlequin Ducks at Duck Reef

April 30, 2014 - I walked the reef loop this morning starting from Duncan's Cove then along the high ridge to the WW2 bunker and then dow...
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Snowy Owl at Hartlen Point

April 30, 2014 - I made another tour of the eastern shore yesterday from Hartlen Point to Grand Desert and the Dyke Road. Everything star...
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Great Egret and Snowy Egret

April 27, 2014 - I visited Conrad's Beach yesterday morning at 8:30AM. After parking my car a quick scan revealed a Great Egret in the no...
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Birds of the Eastern Shore

April 23, 2014 - I took a trip along the eastern shore between Martinique Beach and Cole Harbour yesterday. My first stop at Martinique B...
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Snowy Owl and Fog

April 15, 2014 - I took a trip up the eastern shore yesterday as far as Dyke Road, East Chezzetcook, and back to Lawrencetown Marshes, Ra...
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Northern Saw-whet Owl and Other Recent Highlights

April 12, 2014 - On our evening walk along Sandy Cove Road, Halifax Regional Municipality we heard a Northern Saw-whet Owl calling agress...
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Northern Cardinal at Portuguese Cove

April 01, 2014 - Northern Cardinals are not often seen here in Portuguese Cove. Our home faces the coastal barrens and the surrounding fo...
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March 2014 Edition of the Bridge

March 22, 2014 - Please find attached a link to the March 2014 edition of The Bridge. Highlight link to open. http://www.hanstoom.com/d8...
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Snowy Owl at Hartlen Point

December 26, 2013 - It's always sad when a mass invasion of Snowy Owls happens. It usually means they are either starving on their breeding...
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The Great Bean Goose Expedition

December 09, 2013 - I awoke at 6AM in hopes of a 7AM departure to Yarmouth. The weather was awful with drizzle and fog at Portuguese Cove bu...
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