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USS Forrest Sherman

September 14, 2021 - The Arleigh Burke class of destroyers are the backbone of the United States navy's fleet defence. The USS Forrest Sherma...
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A Rainy Day on the Chebucto Peninsula

September 09, 2021 - I enjoyed a short circuit of the eastern end of the Chebucto Peninsula on a cloudy and drizzly day. Double-crested Corm...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cruise Ships and One Ocean Liner

October 28, 2018 - Cruise ships are commonly seen from our home in Portuguese Cove and although I can photograph them from home it is alway...
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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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Surfing Common Eiders

May 09, 2018 - These Common Eiders were surfing into Sandy Cove's beach, Halifax, an unusual activity for them. I snapped a few quick p...
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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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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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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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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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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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Queen Mary 2, Zuiderdam, Celebrity Summit and the Harvest Moon

October 06, 2017 - It was a hat trick this evening; Queen Mary 2, Zuiderdam and Celebrity Summit. I always try to photograph these ships ne...
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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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Eastern Phoebe and Friends at Sandy Cove

April 28, 2017 - I returned to Sandy Cove for a second look. As before I sat on a rock with a thermos of java brew and waited for the bir...
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Harlequin Ducks and Others

April 27, 2017 - I visited Duncan's Cove and found 10 Harlequin Ducks just briefly as 8 immediately flew off. The surf was high and the r...
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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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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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Queen Mary 2 & Yellow Ladies' Tresses Orchid

September 11, 2016 - Prior to our jaunt up to Chebucto Head(Shoal Point) yesterday evening to watch this grand ship passing on its way to Sou...
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Barred Owl and Friends

April 23, 2016 - I enjoyed my first serious outing of the year including three short hikes, a prelude to our trip to Newfoundland. One do...
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Overwintering and Migrant Birds at Portuguese Cove

April 19, 2016 - This is a compendium of some of our over-wintering and early migrating birds from the last week at Portuguese Cove. It'...
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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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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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Atlantic Star

January 10, 2016 - I photographed the Atlantic Star at sunrise from our living room window just as it was passing Shoal Point(Chebucto Head...
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Sanford and Son, Wood Ducks

January 10, 2016 - Laura and I met the Wood Ducks today, Sanford and Son, at The Dingle, Sir Sanford Fleming Park. I can no longer distingu...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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