Lesser Masked Weavers at Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park

Lesser Masked Weavers at Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park

A image of a lesser-masked weaver bird builds a hanging nest in Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

As Bob and I made our way into the Main Pavilion at Skukuza Rest Camp to sign up for a guided night safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa, our mission was interrupted when a flicker of yellow drew our eyes to a nearby palm tree.  We were delighted to see a beautiful Lesser Masked Weaver dangling upside down from a stiff palm frond. Read more

A Sharp-shinned Hawk stalks our backyard feeders

A Sharp-shinned Hawk stalks our backyard feeders

An image of a sharp-shinned hawk sitting in an apple tree in Toronto, Ontario. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

What a delight to have winter arrive on time this year!  Cold temperatures and lots of snow meant that our bird feeders were busy from morning until night.  And then one morning, we noticed that all was quiet in our suburban backyard. A Sharp-shinned hawk had landed. Read more

A Northern Saw-whet Owl we sighted near Oshawa, Ontario

A Northern Saw-whet Owl we sighted near Oshawa, Ontario

Closeup image of a Northern Saw-whet Owl behind a tree branch in the Oshawa area, Ontario, Canada. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

It had been several years since Bob and I came across a Northern Saw-whet Owl, the first time being in our local park in late October of 2012.  It was that bird sighting that got us hooked on bird watching.  It was a long interlude but not for lack of trying.  Our patience and persistence finally paid off when we located this Northern Saw-whet Owl on a recent warm February day near Oshawa, Ontario. Read more

A Tri-colored Heron in the mangrove swamp at San Blas

A Tri-colored Heron in the mangrove swamp at San Blas

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It is safe to say that Bob and I probably failed to get an exact count of all the different birds that we managed to see in San Blas, Mexico, but at least we were able to make positive identification of those species that crossed our paths, birds such as this Tri-coloured Heron. Read more

A Yellow-crowned Night Heron deep in the San Blas swamp

A Yellow-crowned Night Heron deep in the San Blas swamp
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When Bob and I visited San Blas on the Pacific coast of Mexico, our objective was to see some of the endemic bird species as well as others that winter in that southern locale.  We had seen a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron in our hometown of Toronto a couple of years earlier.  As we cruised through the mangrove jungle on our guided tour, closeup views of these rather elegant birds were fairly frequent. Read more

Australasian Gannets at the Muriwai Gannet Colony

Australasian Gannets at the Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Bob and I had a long list of sights to see in New Zealand and first up was the gannet colony at Muriwai Regional Park just outside of Auckland.  About an hour’s drive north of Lone Kauri Lodge where we were staying on the North Island, it made for the perfect day trip.  Over 2,000 Australasian Gannets make up the colony at Muriwai, which is one of only three mainland gannet colonies in New Zealand. Read more

An African Jacana at Sunset Dam in Kruger National Park

An African Jacana at Sunset Dam in Kruger National Park

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Bob and I were obliged to remain inside our car at Sunset Dam as is the case almost everywhere you go in Kruger National Park.  Allowance is made for parking along one section of the shore, and it was from there that we had fantastic views of this African Jacana. Read more

An endangered Southern Ground Hornbill in Kruger National Park

An endangered Southern Ground Hornbill in Kruger National Park

An image of a Southern Ground Hornbill crossing a road in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

Waking at Skukuza Rest Camp the first morning after our arrival, and having just coped with a bout of stomach and intestinal distress, I was in no shape for any physical activity requiring stamina.  So Bob and I set out on a self-guided safari that spanned the course of several hours.  Among the wildlife seen within Kruger National Park that day was this astounding Southern Ground Hornbill. Read more

A Northern Parula Warbler in a Backyard Oasis

A Northern Parula Warbler in a Backyard Oasis

Northern parula sitting on a tree limb in Toronto, Ontario

It was this past spring that Bob and I finally visited the Long Point area of Ontario during the peak period of songbird migration.  We had a long wish list of new birds that we would like to see, and on this list was a Northern Parula.  We failed to spot any when in that area of the province but did have one spend the afternoon in our Toronto backyard soon thereafter.  What a pleasant surprise! Read more

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