Our Encounter with Wild Kea, the World’s Only Alpine Parrot

Our Encounter with Wild Kea, the World’s Only Alpine Parrot

a Kea parrot in fiordland national park, south island, new zealand

Fiordland National Park on the South Island of New Zealand abounds with picturesque landscapes.  While there, several stops to appreciate the scenery also rewarded us with a couple of special bird sightings.  One pullover afforded us the encounter we had hoped for.  Several Kea, also known as New Zealand Mountain Parrots, flew in to greet us. Read more

A Melanistic Eastern Garter Snake at Long Point in Ontario

A Melanistic Eastern Garter Snake at Long Point in Ontario

melanistic eastern garter snake, crown marsh, long point, ontario

After several hours of bird watching at Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario, Bob and I decided to check out another location, Crown Marsh, before heading off for dinner.  A lengthy walk there on Long Point Trail 6 had us coming across this substantial Melanistic Eastern Garter Snake. Read more

Resplendent Quetzals prepare their nest in Monteverde Cloud Forest

Resplendent Quetzals prepare their nest in Monteverde Cloud Forest

a male resplendent quetzal, monteverde cloud forest preserve, costa rica

When Bob and I visited Monteverde, we hiked in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve multiple times.  One day, we found ourselves alone on a trail in the jungle.  I was ahead of Bob when I heard him exclaim in a loud whisper “there they are!”  I stopped in my tracks for Bob could only mean the Resplendent Quetzals.  The pair was perched less than 20 feet to the side of the trail. Read more

A Virginia Opossum takes a walk in the Canadian snow

A Virginia Opossum takes a walk in the Canadian snow

a young Virginia Opossum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

On a recent wintry day, Bob and I headed to our local park for some fresh air and a bit of exercise.  As we walked the asphalt trail through a wooded section of the park, I noticed movement off to the side of the walkway.  A young Virginia Opossum had dared to be out of its den during daylight hours! Read more

Our Wildlife Encounters in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Our Wildlife Encounters in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

morning fog at hilltop camp, hluhluwe-imfolozi, south africa

From the patio door, on our second morning at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, I saw dense fog hemming in the mountains and feared, at best, an overcast if not a rainy day.  A glance at the clock revealed it to be only 5:30 a.m.  Two hours later, the fog was lifting, and the sun bathed the hillsides in golden showers of light. 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 like Vervet Monkeys that might cross the thin electric wire just below the terrace. 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

Klipspringer Antelope in Kruger National Park near Nkumbe Lookout

Klipspringer Antelope in Kruger National Park near Nkumbe Lookout

An image of a Klipspringer near Nkumbe Lookout in Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Bob and I had no sooner left the parking lot at Nkumbe Lookout when we spotted a trio of Klipspringer antelope gallivanting among the rocks on the other side of the road.  What nimble little creatures! Read more

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