Snowy Owls on Amherst Island in Ontario, Canada

Snowy Owls on Amherst Island in Ontario, Canada

a snowy owl, amherst island, ontario

Bob and I learned about Amherst Island from fellow birders who touted it as the most reliable location to see Snowy Owls in the winter.  On our first ever trip there, we were not disappointed. Read more

A Northern Saw-whet Owl Takes Us By Surprise In Ontario

A Northern Saw-whet Owl Takes Us By Surprise In Ontario

a northern saw-whet owl in ontario, canada

The date was in mid-November, Bob’s birthday actually, and to mark the occasion, we decided to get out in the field for some birding.  Little did we know that a diminutive Northern Saw-whet Owl would make our day! Read more

Invaded by Vervet Monkeys at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Invaded by Vervet Monkeys at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

mountainview at hilltop camp, hluhluwe-imfolozi, south africa

Bob and I arrived at Hilltop Camp in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park exhausted after an extremely long day that saw us traveling from Kruger National Park and across Swaziland to get there. Over dinner, we had views of the Park from the expansive restaurant patio that overlooked muted silhouettes of undulating mountaintops while an armed guard sat unobtrusively in the shadows and watched for wildlife that might cross the thin electric wire just below the terrace. Read more

The Wonders of Ark in the Park at Waitakere Ranges, New Zealand

The Wonders of Ark in the Park at Waitakere Ranges, New Zealand

ark in the park sign, waitakere ranges regional park, north island, new zealand

After leaving Muriwai and the Gannet colony, Bob and I planned to make a stop at Ark in the Park en route back to our lodgings. Ark in the Park is a conservation area of note in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park of Auckland. Situated in Cascade Kauri Park, it is where concerted efforts are being made to restore the ecology of the area to its natural state. Read more

Our Stay on Quirpon Island in Newfoundland

Our Stay on Quirpon Island in Newfoundland

quirpon lighthouse inn, quirpon island, newfoundland, canada

Our Stay on Quirpon Island in Newfoundland

quirpon lighthouse inn and cottage, quirpon island, newfoundland

Our stay at the Quirpon Lighthouse Inn on Quirpon Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, promised a unique and fascinating experience.  The location is well written up as one of the five most remote and harshest places to visit and to stay anywhere in the world.  Right there, we were hooked on the idea! Read more

Hiking amid the Plantations near La Bajada, Mexico

Hiking amid the Plantations near La Bajada, Mexico


Hiking amid the Plantations near La Bajada, Mexico

Image of La Bajada, Mexico.

Having left Cerro de San Juan Ecological Reserve behind us in Tepic, Bob determined that there were still sufficient daylight hours to make a stop and go hiking near La Bajada.  The coffee and banana plantations in that area promised good birding habitat, and it wouldn’t be too far off our route back to San Blas. Read more

A Cooper’s Hawk takes on a Big Brown Bat

A Cooper’s Hawk takes on a Big Brown Bat

a cooper's hawk in a north Toronto park, ontario, canada

On what seemed a very ordinary winter day, Bob and I took a leisurely walk over to one of our local parks to escape the routine of familiar household chores.  Milliken Park in Toronto, Ontario, was almost deserted.  Though we scanned bushes and trees, not a single bird was seen until I noticed a solitary Cooper’s Hawk perched on a sunlit branch.  Seconds later, the hawk launched into the air and nabbed a Big Brown Bat that was flying by. Read more

Hundreds of Sandhill Cranes in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario.

Hundreds of Sandhill Cranes in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario
sandhill cranes in flight over kawartha lakes in ontario, canada

On a bright, sunny Saturday in mid-October, Bob and I decided to make a trip to the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario.  A fellow birder had reported groups of Sandhill Cranes in that vicinity where corn fields had recently been harvested.  At first, we were afraid the drive would be all for naught, but in the end, we located close to 200 of these elegant birds. Read more

Thousands of Greater Snow Geese migrating in fall through Ontario

Thousands of Greater Snow Geese migrating in fall through Ontario

greater snow geese near casselman, ontario, canada

On a cool November day with sunshine in the forecast, Bob and I decided on the spur of the moment to take a drive into Eastern Ontario to see the spectacle of Greater Snow Geese amassing near Casselman.  Reportedly, 60,000 Snow Geese had already formed one flock with more arriving hourly. Read more

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