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



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

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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

On the Trail of Snowy Owls in Ontario



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On the Trail of Snowy Owls in Ontario

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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

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



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Hundreds of Sandhill Cranes in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario
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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



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Thousands of Greater Snow Geese migrating in fall through Ontario

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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

White-fronted Terns at Muriwai in New Zealand

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White-fronted Terns at Muriwai in New Zealand

An image of White-fronted Terns sitting on their nest at Muriwai in New Zealand.

On our first full day in New Zealand, Bob and I headed north from Karekare to the well known Gannet colony at Muriwai.  We were very pleased to find a significant colony of White-fronted Terns also sharing the headland at Otakamiro Point. Read more

Among the birds in the Waitakere Hills near Auckland



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Among the birds in the Waitakere Hills near Auckland

An image of Lone Kauri Lodge in New Zealand.

After picking up a rental car in Auckland, New Zealand, Bob set about driving us to our first accommodation in Karekare at the edge of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park in the Waitakere Hills.  What a warm welcome we received at Lone Kauri Lodge and what a nice touch to see the Canadian flag flying proudly from their flagpole. Read more

The Blue-footed Booby Colony on Mexico’s Isla Isabel



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The Blue-footed Booby Colony on Mexico’s Isla Isabel

An image of blue-footed booby birds on Isla Isabel off San Blas, Mexico. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

What a thrill to have our exclusive up-close-and-personal encounters in a Blue-footed Booby colony on Isla Isabel off the west coast of Mexico.  After spending a couple of days in San Blas, and with the assistance of Josefina Vazquez at Hotel Garza Canela, we lined up a full-day excursion to the small volcanic island that is located some 43 miles northwest of the tiny fishing village. Read more

A Sharp-shinned Hawk stalks our backyard feeders



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A Sharp-shinned Hawk stalks our backyard feeders

An image of a sharp-shinned hawk sitting in an apple tree in Toronto, Ontario. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

What a delight to have winter arrive on time this year!  Cold temperatures and lots of snow meant that our bird feeders were busy from morning until night.  And then one morning, we noticed that all was quiet in our suburban backyard. A Sharp-shinned hawk had landed. Read more

A Northern Saw-whet Owl we sighted near Oshawa, Ontario



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A Northern Saw-whet Owl we sighted near Oshawa, Ontario

Closeup image of a Northern Saw-whet Owl behind a tree branch in the Oshawa area, Ontario, Canada. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

It had been several years since Bob and I came across a Northern Saw-whet Owl, the first time being in our local park in late October of 2012.  It was that bird sighting that got us hooked on bird watching.  It was a long interlude but not for lack of trying.  Our patience and persistence finally paid off when we located this Northern Saw-whet Owl on a recent warm February day near Oshawa, Ontario. Read more

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