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

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Traveling Down Memory Lane – Exploring the ruins of Old Sarum in England


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Traveling Down Memory Lane – Exploring the ruins of Old Sarum in England

Salisbury Cathedral, New Sarum, Wiltshire, England

After reading Ken Follett’s novel, Pillars of the Earth, which loosely parallels the construction of Salisbury Cathedral, New Sarum, and having completed Edward Rutherford’s book about Sarum, it was a consensus between Bob, me and our son that we should visit Old Sarum, the location of the original Salisbury Cathedral in England.

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Ajijic, A Town of Murals in Mexico



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Ajijic, A Town of Murals in Mexico

wall mural, ajijic, lake chapala, mexico

As Bob and I toured the small town of Ajijic, Mexico, also known for its heavy contingent of resident Canadians, we soon discovered why it is referred to as a Town of Murals. Read more

Uncovering the Lost Colony of Avalon in Newfoundland



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Uncovering the Lost Colony of Avalon in Newfoundland

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After spending 3 hours hiking coastal trails near Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Bob and I hastily changed out of wet gear and drove south for lunch in Petty Harbour.  From there, it was a short jaunt to Ferryland and the location of the Lost Colony of Avalon. 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 Guided Boat Tour in Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica



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rio frio, cano negro wildlife refuge, costa rica

Our plan, when staying in La Fortuna, was to make a couple of road trips to further our exploration of the area.  On our third day in Costa Rica, we were up at 5 a.m., wakened by bird song, but pouring rain had us holding off until 9 o’clock before setting off for Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.  It is considered by many to be the third most important wetland in the world. Read more

Traveling Down Memory Lane – On the Streets of Shanghai



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Traveling Down Memory Lane – On the Streets of Shanghai

I found myself in Shanghai, China, several years ago.  It’s hard to believe that this modern city was once considered a very minor river port to which few people ever traveled.

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A Fabulous Farmhouse Stay in the Po River Delta, Italy



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A Fabulous Farmhouse Stay in the Po River Delta, Italy

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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



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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

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