A Tour of New Zealand’s Only White Heron Sanctuary

A Tour of New Zealand’s Only White Heron Sanctuary

a white heron, waitangiroto nature reserve, south island, new zealand

An opportunity to visit the only nesting site of White Herons in New Zealand could not be missed when traveling on the South Island near Whataroa.  A day in advance, we booked ourselves on a tour that would take us to the heart of the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve to observe these elegant birds. Read more

The Enchanted Landscape of the Po River Delta, Italy

The Enchanted Landscape of the Po River Delta, Italy

fishing houses along a fishing basin, po river delta, italy

Ready to explore the Po River Delta, the biggest wetlands in Europe, Bob and I were off the sheets early on our first full day in the region.  The enchanted landscape covers an area of 140,000 hectares, so under a crystal clear sky, we set off in the direction of Parco Regionale Veneto del Delta del Po. Read more

A Day of Adventure – Toronto to Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

A Day of Adventure – Toronto to Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

badlands, grasslands national park east block, saskatchewan

Bob and I had never explored the Canadian Prairies before we planned our summer vacation to the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.  Committed to discovering more of our own country’s unique landscape and culture, we booked a car in Regina, Saskatchewan, for use after flying west from Toronto.  Grasslands National Park East Block was our first destination. Read more

Our Encounter with Wild Kea, the World’s Only Alpine Parrot

Our Encounter with Wild Kea, the World’s Only Alpine Parrot

a Kea parrot in fiordland national park, south island, new zealand

Fiordland National Park on the South Island of New Zealand abounds with picturesque landscapes.  While there, several stops to appreciate the scenery also rewarded us with a couple of special bird sightings.  One pullover afforded us the encounter we had hoped for.  Several Kea, also known as New Zealand Mountain Parrots, flew in to greet us. Read more

Our Up-close Encounters in the Birder’s Paradise at Long Point

scarlet tanager, the old cut, long point, ontario

The first trip that Bob and I booked for the sole purpose of birding was to the Birder’s Paradise at Long Point on Lake Erie in Ontario.  Through different facebook groups, we had seen ample evidence of bird sightings at Long Point, and we were eager to check out the area for ourselves. Read more

A Fabulous Farmhouse Stay in the Po River Delta, Italy

A Fabulous Farmhouse Stay in the Po River Delta, Italy

farmhouse, ravenna, italy

A farmhouse stay near the Po River Delta on the east coast of Italy appealed to Bob and me because it was located a few miles from Parco Regionale Veneto del Delta del Po (The Regional Park of the Po River Delta).  The Park is one massive sprawling wetlands that promised some excellent birdwatching. Read more

Godwits Galore at the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, New Zealand

Godwits Galore at the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, New Zealand

bar-tailed godwits, Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, north island, new zealand

On the next leg of our trip, between Auckland and our next lodgings in Rotorua, Bob and I planned a stop at the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre.  Its reputation as being home to thousands of shorebirds made it a must-see destination, and we were keen to add some new birds to our life list.  The area did not disappoint.  Thousands of Bar-tailed Godwits had returned to spend summer on New Zealand’s North Island. Read more

Among the Magnificent Frigatebirds on Mexico’s Isla Isabel

Among the Magnificent Frigatebirds on Mexico’s Isla Isabel

the Sun rising above the horizon on the Pacific Ocean off San Blas, Mexico

Bob and I could hardly wait to land at Isla Isabel.  We were promised Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds with no fear of humans.  Referred to as “North America’s Galapagos”, Isla Isabel lies about 43 miles northwest of San Blas on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Read more

Among the Wildlife at Hotel Kokoro in Costa Rica

Among the Wildlife at Hotel Kokoro in Costa Rica

kokoro lodge sign, la fortuna, costa rica

Costa Rica was a destination on our bucket list for a good many years.  We were there to see birds!  Our flight landed in San Jose after sunset, so when we departed for Hotel Kokoro in La Fortuna the following morning, Bob and I were eager to see what species would constitute our first sighting of the trip.

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