A Desert Spiny Lizard at Monument Valley in Utah

A Desert Spiny Lizard at Monument Valley in Utah

Desert spiny lizard in Monument Valley in Arizona, USA

At the end of a very rewarding afternoon that had Bob and I enthralled with the cave dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, we had to return to our base lodgings at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.  The drive took us right past Monument Valley on the border of Utah and Arizona, so we couldn’t pass up seeing the famous landmarks located there.  That is where we came upon this female Desert Spiny Lizard. Read more

Rock Squirrels in Grand Canyon National Park

Rock Squirrels in Grand Canyon National Park

rock squirrel on the south rim at grand canyon national park, arizona

Like in our own cities, conservation areas and parks here in Canada, squirrels are a common sight if not a nuisance, but we still adore their sweet little faces and comical antics.  The same can be said for the Rock Squirrels at Grand Canyon National Park.  The rodents are so plentiful that Park’s staff warn visitors to be on the lookout for their bold behaviour! Read more

A Red Fox hunts for food in Algonquin Park in Ontario

A Red Fox hunts for food in Algonquin Park in Ontario

Red fox on the hunt for food in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada

There is something really satisfying about observing a wild animal such as this Red Fox in its natural habitat. Read more

A Rock Wren at Grand Canyon National Park

A Rock Wren at Grand Canyon National Park

Rock Wren sitting on a rock on the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, U.S.A.

On our first day in Grand Canyon National Park, after gaining a bird’s eye view of the spectacular world-famous canyon from a helicopter, we set off to explore the South Rim trails.  In the afternoon, we caught a shuttle bus to the extreme western end of the trail at Hermit’s Rest.  An impromptu exploration below Hermit’s Rest Lookout turned up a fleeting glimpse of this Rock Wren. Read more

A Mountain Chickadee at Grand Canyon National Park

A Mountain Chickadee at Grand Canyon National Park

Mountain chickadee sitting on a Pinyon Pine at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, U.S.A.

During our stay at Grand Canyon National Park, Bob and I explored many sections of the South Rim Trail since we were supremely situated with our room at Maswik Lodge.  After completing a guided Fossil Walk one morning, we continued along the Rim Trail towards Maricopa Point.  In addition to providing excellent views of Bright Angel Trail from Lookout Point, the trail also affords suitable habitat for numerous birds in the Pinyon Pines and other shrubbery that grow tenuously at the edge of the Canyon.  That is where we found this Mountain Chickadee. Read more

Exploring the Colosseum and its Underground in Rome

Exploring the Colosseum and its Underground in Rome

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Of all the ancient ruins in Rome, Italy, for me it was The Colosseum that I most looked forward to seeing and exploring.  We did not make straight for The Colosseum on our first full day in the city, but instead preferred to set the stage by checking out The Roman Forum just east of there which gave us a sneak peak of the iconic stadium from one vantage point. Read more

Black-necked Stilts in San Blas, Mexico

Black-necked Stilts in San Blas, Mexico

Black-necked stilt in flight at San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico.

When Bob and I made the decision to spend a week in San Blas, in Mexico, it was not done lightly.  Reports that listed the area as not the safest to travel to gave us pause for consideration, but the promise of seeing endless numbers of tropical birds had us braving the cross-country trip from Zitacuaro.  We are forever grateful for having gone ahead with our plan.  We saw loads of interesting birds not the least of which were numerous Black-necked Stilts. Read more

Roseate Spoonbills in the Shrimp Ponds at San Blas

Roseate Spoonbills in the Shrimp Ponds at San Blas

Roseate spoonbills take flight at the shrimp ponds in San Blas, Mexico

As Bob and I arranged our winter vacation in Mexico, we made a change to the plans that would allow time for birdwatching in San Blas on the Pacific Coast.  That decision had us discovering myriad species of birds in that coastal area including some Roseate Spoonbills at the local Shrimp Ponds one morning.  We were delighted! Read more

Hooded Crows Among the Ancient Ruins of Rome

Hooded Crows Among the Ancient Ruins of Rome

hooded crow, rome, italy, pic 4

I’ve got to say that, on our first full day in Rome, Italy, looking for wildlife of any sort was not at the top of our list.  We had too many ruins to explore, too much history on which to focus.  But there we were, barely out of our hotel when Bob spotted a Hooded Crow as we ascended the steps of Il Vittoriano, just off of Piazza Venezia.  Of course, we had to get a record shot for this sighting of a new species. Read more

Juvenile Bald Eagle in Ajax, Ontario

Juvenile Bald Eagle in Ajax, Ontario

Juvenile bald eagle sitting in a tree in Ajax, Ontario

It was so exciting to learn about a juvenile Bald Eagle that had been sighted along the shore of Lake Ontario in Ajax, Ontario.  Being tied up with fall chores around our property, we had to wait a good couple of weeks before having the chance to go and look for it and were relieved to find that it was still hanging around the same area as reported. Read more

African Bush Elephants at Kruger National Park

African Bush Elephants at Kruger National Park

An African Bush Elephant crosses a dirt road in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

It was one day as Bob and I sat in the car alongside a gravel road in Kruger National Park that we saw this prime example of an African Bush Elephant.  We had pulled to the side of the road to sit for a spell and eat our lunch when this behemoth stepped from the cover of thick vegetation onto the road right in front of us.  Talk about lunchtime entertainment! Read more

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