A Coopers Hawk sighting in Goldhawk Park in Toronto



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A Coopers Hawk sighting in Goldhawk Park in Toronto

We sighted this Coopers Hawk sitting in a tree in Goldhawk Park in Toronto, Ontario.  I think you would agree, it is only fitting that the bird landed in “Goldhawk” Park given its color and that it’s a hawk. Read more

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Ruffed Grouse in Algonquin Provincial Park



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Ruffed Grouse in Algonquin Provincial Park

Ruffed Grouse near algonquin park

With fall drawing to a quick close, Bob and I took advantage of the weather for one last autumn hike in Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario.  We are always on the search for wildlife so were pleased to come upon a Ruffed Grouse.

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Barred Owl sighted along Duffin’s Creek near Markham, Ontario



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Barred Owl sighted along Duffin’s Creek near Markham, Ontario

Barred Owl looking back at me with yellow sky

Bob and I were hiking along a small creek called Duffin’s Creek, in Markham, Ontario.  As the sun was sinking lower and time was getting on, we were making our way back towards the trailhead when Bob’s eye suddenly registered an usual silhouette in a tree when he glanced to the right.  There sat a Barred Owl that had seen us coming. Read more

Red and Grey Squirrels in Canada and Ireland



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Red and Grey Squirrels in Canada and Ireland

Many different types of animals live in the forests of Ontario, but size aside, you most certainly will come upon the smallest four-legged animals that call the forests of Ontario home.  Those would be squirrels.  This chipmunk is a member of the squirrel family, and this little guy lives in the trees around my parents’ home at Oxtongue Lake, in Ontario.  Read more

Wild Turkeys on a snowy road in Ontario



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Wild Turkeys on a snowy road in Ontario

Wild Turkeys getting off Hwy 35 near Dorset, Ontario

On a windy, snowy day in Ontario, Bob and I headed north towards Algonquin Provincial Park on one of our frequent treks in that direction.  It was a particularly stormy day as we navigated the highway, and, as always, we were watching for wildlife.  But suddenly we came upon a group of Eastern wild turkey’s on the road. Read more

Northern Saw-Whet Owl We Sighted In Toronto



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Northern Saw-Whet Owl We Sighted In Toronto

Northern Saw-Whet Owl sitting in tree in Toronto park, Ontario, Canada

Bob and I went for a walk one afternoon in Milliken Park, here in Toronto, Ontario,  and by chance, we spotted a Northern Saw-Whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) at rest in the thick brush.  I had never seen an owl in the wild before, and certainly not one in such close proximity.  We have frequented this park for years, and this was the first time we were lucky enough to catch sight of an owl. Read more

Visiting Machu Picchu, Our Long Time Dream



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Visiting Machu Picchu, Our Long Time Dream

An image of foggy sky over Machu Picchu in Urubamba Province, Peru.

Bob and I managed to get aboard the first bus of the day from Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu.  The 20-minute bus ride up the switchbacks of the dirt road had us clinging to our seats whenever we rounded the sharp corners.  The other option for getting to Machu Picchu is to hike up the mountain, but it is supposed to be a pretty long and very tough climb.  We preferred to use that time to explore the ruins at the top. Read more

Hiking the Inca Trail – Our Adventure of a Lifetime



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Hiking the Inca Trail – Our Adventure of a Lifetime

Jean hiking with a group on the the Inca Trail in Peru, South America

When it was finally time to set foot on the Inca Trail, we were guided by an authorized trail guide and accompanied by two other hikers, guides in training.  Our adventure would be a one-day hike along the time-worn Inca Trail, headed for Machu Picchu.  Our excitement was palpable.

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Riding the Andean Explorer Train Through The Andes



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Riding the Andean Explorer Train Through The Andes

Peru Rail Andean Explorer going through Puno in Peru, South America

After a night of heavy rains, Bob and I departed Puno aboard PeruRail’s Andean Explorer headed through the Andes Mountains for Cusco.  Our early-morning departure soon left behind the very wet world of the village of Puno. Read more

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