African Penguins at Boulders Beach south of Cape Town



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African Penguins at Boulders Beach south of Cape Town

An image of African penguins at Boulders beach, Table mountain national park, South Africa.

On our circuitous route around South Africa, Bob and I found ourselves, at one point, on the coast following the Garden Route south to Cape Town and onward to the Cape of Good Hope.  One of the stops we made while in that area was at Boulders Beach where a colony of African Penguins is found.  It was great fun watching them waddle to and fro across the sand. Read more

Our visit to Nkumbe Lookout above the savannah in Kruger National Park



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Our visit to Nkumbe Lookout above the savannah in Kruger National Park

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Our drive north from Lower Sabie Rest Camp brought us to one of the most popular lookouts in Kruger National Park, Nkumbe Viewpoint.

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Our self-guided Safari to Sunset Dam in Kruger National Park



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Our self-guided Safari to Sunset Dam in Kruger National Park

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Setting off mid-morning from Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park on a self-guided safari had Bob and me filled with anticipation.  Our destination for the afternoon was Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie Rest Camp, a mere 36 kilometres southeast of Skukuza.  The generous waterhole at Sunset Dam rewarded us with prime wildlife viewing that included this family of Hippopotamuses. Read more

An Eastern Comma Butterfly at Rosetta McClain Gardens



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An Eastern Comma Butterfly at Rosetta McClain Gardens

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Late this summer, Bob and I popped down to Rosetta McClain Gardens in Toronto to see if we could discover any birds of note but also to look for Monarch Butterflies given the few that we had seen in our own garden over the summer.  What we found was an Eastern Comma Butterfly on one of the Butterfly Bushes. Read more

A Black Bear with her three young cubs at Carden Alvar



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A Black Bear with her three young cubs at Carden Alvar

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Bob and I have learned so much through different groups on Facebook, and one of the areas that was brought to our attention was the Carden Alvar here in Ontario.  Our second visit in mid-June was a bit late and too hot for much activity where migrating birds were concerned, but our list of sightings was still long and included this female Black Bear and her three cubs. Read more

Dog-day Cicadas mating in the heat of summer



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Dog-day Cicadas Mating in the heat of summer

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On a recent sultry summer day here in Toronto, Ontario, I went out to the garden to tend to some chores.  Imagine my surprise, as I bent to the task of deadheading my Gaillardia, when something clipped the side of my head.  Seconds later, I noticed a pair of Dog-Day Cicadas mating where they lay on the pavement of the street. Read more

Mink Frogs Along The Mizzy Lake Trail



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Mink Frogs Along Algonquin Park’s Mizzy Lake Trail

Mink frog sittting on a log in a wetlands along the Mizzy Lake Trail in Algonquin Park, Ontario

Along the back half of the Mizzy Lake Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park, if you hike in a counterclockwise direction as suggested, you will eventually arrive at Dizzy Lake.   That is where Bob and I found dozens of frogs including several Mink Frogs.  It was late in the afternoon when we crossed that particular section of wetland adjacent to the lake, and a good many frogs seemed to be contentedly basking in the sunshine while soaking in the water. Read more

Red Foxes enjoy spring in Algonquin Park



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Red Foxes enjoy spring in Algonquin Park

An image of a Red fox vixen grooming one of her kits in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada.

It was almost exactly a year earlier that Bob and I had occasion to observe a family of Red Foxes in Algonquin Provincial Park, and here we were, once again, in the company of the same vixen with a brand new litter of kits. Read more

A Blanding’s Turtle at the Carden Alvar



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A Blanding’s Turtle at the Carden Alvar

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Bob and I had been looking forward to getting up to the Carden Alvar for at least a couple of years.  Our schedule and family commitments just did not allow us the opportunity until this May.  I was filled with excitement at the prospect of seeing a number of early spring migrants and birds that favour the specialized habitat of the alvar plain, so it came as a pleasant surprise to also come across a rare Blanding’s Turtle. Read more

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