From Greater Flamingos to an Italian Comacchio Picnic

From Greater Flamingos to an Italian Comacchio Picnic

jean at agrituismo forzello, po river delta, italy

Bob and I spent the morning strolling the fields and pastures of our hosts at Agriturismo Forzello before setting off on our search for the colony of Greater Flamingos.  There were a couple of potential locations within Parco Veneto del Delta del Po National Park. Read more

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A curious Eastern Milksnake on the move in Rouge National Urban Park

A curious Eastern Milksnake on the move in Rouge National Urban Park
an Eastern Milksnake in Rouge National Urban Park, Markham, Ontario

Pandemic birding and nature hikes have kept us close to home since March of 2020, and one of our favorite places to get outdoors is in Rouge National Urban Park.  On an early June day, we were very fortunate to see an Eastern Milksnake in Bob Hunter Memorial Conservation Area. Read more

Cecropia Moth Caterpillar in Rouge National Urban Park

Cecropia Moth Caterpillar in Rouge National Urban Park

cecropia moth caterpillar, rouge national urban park, markham, ontario

On a late July afternoon, on his way to a local farmer’s market, Bob made a brief stop at North Reesor Pond in Rouge National Urban Park.  His intention was to look for shorebirds, but with none presenting, he began to scour the reeds and bushes for insects.  That is when he happened upon this most unusual caterpillar, a Cecropia Moth Larva. Read more

Cecropia Moths mating in Rouge National Urban Park

Cecropia Moths mating in Rouge National Urban Park

Cecropia Moths mating in Rouge National Urban Park, Markham

With the covid-19 virus still spreading and pandemic restrictions curtailing our activities, Bob and I found ourselves taking frequent walks in nature but staying close to home.  On one such outing, we came upon a pair of Cecropia Moths mating in Rouge National Urban Park. Read more

Eastern Screech Owlet in Rouge National Urban Park, Toronto

eastern screech owlet, rouge national urban park, toronto

Pandemic Birding had been a whole new experience for Bob and me.  Since the pandemic was officially declared in March 2020, we had made outdoor activities a priority but always kept within a 30-minute radius from our home.  On one such occasion in late May, we happened upon this newly fledged Eastern Screech Owlet. Read more

Winged Jewels, The World of Butterflies at Ecocentro Danaus, Costa Rica

jean at ecocentro danaus, costa rica

Day 2 in Costa Rica had us first completing a very early morning guided bird hike.  After breakfast back at Hotel Kokoro, Bob and I headed to Ecocentro Danaus on the edge of La Fortuna.  It is a private reserve with a butterfly conservatory where Bob and I hoped to see some of Costa Rica’s tiny winged jewels. Read more

Among the Natural Splendor and Wildlife at Ecocentro Danaus, Costa Rica

Among the Natural Splendor and Wildlife at Ecocentro Danaus, Costa Rica

jean and ecocentro danaus sign, la fortuna, costa rica

Bob and I covered a lot of ground on our second day in Costa Rica.  We began birding before sunrise and by early afternoon, we decided to check out Ecocentro Danaus on the outskirts of La Fortuna. The small private reserve was rich in wildlife. 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

White Rhinoceros and other Close Calls in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa

White Rhinoceros and other Close Calls in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa

The route we chose as a conduit between Hilltop Camp and the Nyalazi Gate in South Africa had us experiencing a couple of close calls on our last morning in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve.  One incident was when we came head-to-head with this massive White Rhinoceros. Read more

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