Hiking Among The Wildflowers On Quirpon Island



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Hiking Among The Wildflowers On Quirpon Island, Newfoundland

quirpon island lighthouse station, newfoundland, canada

When Bob and I set off from Quirpon, a picturesque village on the northern tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland in Canada, it was to Quirpon Island that we were headed for a stay at the Quirpon Lighthouse InnRead more

Our hike to Baker’s Brook Falls in Newfoundland



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Our hike to Baker’s Brook Falls in Newfoundland

Baker's Brook Falls in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Baker’s Brook Falls is situated in Gros Morne National Park in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  It is actually a series of three waterfalls that tumble over three successive limestone ridges underlying Baker’s Brook.  The middle set of cascades, seen here, are the most impressive. Read more

Stepping Back In Time at the Irish National Heritage Park



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a Crannog on a man-made island at Irish National Heritage Park, Ireland

Stepping Back In Time at the Irish National Heritage Park

thatched huts at Irish National Heritage Park, Ireland

The Irish National Heritage Park near Ferrycarig, County Wexford, Ireland, is an open-air museum that explores the world of Ireland’s cultural history in a beautiful natural setting.  As Bob and I traveled across Ireland, we were constantly reminded of its more recent past in the ruins and castles that we saw, but for an understanding of history dating back to prehistoric times, we had come to this 35-acre Park. Read more

Our Stay on Quirpon Island in Newfoundland



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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



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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

Birding in Cerro de San Juan Ecological Reserve near Tepic, Mexico



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a mountainview near Tepic, Mexico

The hills near Cerro de San Juan Ecological Reserve near Tepic, Mexico.

the main entrance to Hotel Garza Canela in San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico

When staying at Hotel Garza Canela, a great birding base in San Blas, Mexico, we found the hotel staff and other birders quite willing to give helpful tips on where to go looking for birds.  One recommended area was Cerro de San Juan Ecological Reserve near Tepic.  A trip to this area required a 1 1/2 hour drive to get there. Read more

A Harrowing Drive through Swaziland



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Distant hills in Swaziland, Africa.

border entrance sign into Swaziland

A harrowing drive through Swaziland was the result of a planned shortcut through that country in order to eliminate 2-3 hours of driving time in South Africa on a road that gives a wide berth around Swaziland’s borders.  We left Kruger National Park at 7 a.m. expecting to arrive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve on the coast in about 7 hours.  What we did not expect was the condition of a 50-kilometre stretch of mountain logging roads and how it would impact our schedule. Read more

A Cooper’s Hawk takes on a Big Brown Bat



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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

On the Trail of Snowy Owls in Ontario



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On the Trail of Snowy Owls in Ontario

snowy owl near brooklyn, ontario

An irruption of Snowy Owls in southern Ontario in the winter of 2017/2018 gave Bob and I huge expectations of seeing one.  Reports had been pouring in from all across the province, so we made plans to go touring with friends in the hopes of turning up a couple. Read more

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