I had no idea how long it might stay or if I would spook it so, I set my coffee down on the side of the road and began shooting.
As it turned out, he was in no hurry to go anywhere. It stayed all day and lounged on the rock, often dosing off. He was not at all bothered by the on-lookers. I wondered why I was the only one agog over this great creature. I later learned that this particular seal has been basking on this rock off and on all summer. I was surprised that he wasn't named yet.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
On the day that these shots were taken in Flatrock it was quite cool. The rocks on the other hand retained the heat. This probably explains why this little plover is having a rest. I was able to move quite close to all of the birds in this flock without disturbing them. They went on about their routine.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
When I arrived, I danced across the rocks in the stream and headed through the wooded trail. I spotted a number of Black Ducks and a Greater Yellow Legs but no Wood Duck.
The plumage of this bird is so bright and flashy, it hardly looks real. I stared at it for a while and then remembered my camera. I brought some bird seeds and decided to toss a little and see what would happen.
At just the right moment, when it was close to me, the sun flashed across the sky and lit my subject up. I considered myself very lucky. Not only was I able to see the bird and photograph it, I got a number of shots that filled up at least 75% of the frame of my camera.... with sunlight!
The Wood Duck is not a resident of Newfoundland but they do drop in occasionally. When in Arkansas this summer, I was hoping to see a Wood Duck there but that didn't happen.
I can't tell you how valuable the Discussion Group is in helping other birders to see the rare birds. Just today on a tip, I hurried over to Forest Pond to try to see an adult, male Hooded Merganser. Success! Pictures will be posted on another day. There were three other birders that arrived after I did, hoping for a glimpse of yet another rare bird.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
My camera is loaded again. In addition to the amazing landscape shots that I gathered from this area, I added six new "postable" quality pictures of birds in the area.
Note: These blueberries were picked in the St. John's area. There is such abundance on this island!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
This scene is Cape St. Mary's where during the summer and early fall, you can walk right out to the breeding grounds of the Northern Gannet. They are a very sleek and beautifully colored seabird. A Northern Gannet was one of the first birds profiled during the oil disaster in the Gulf this year.
The problem with photographing these birds is that there are so many of them that it is very difficult to isolate just one. Nevertheless, I did and will post a profile dedicated to the Northern Gannets.
On my visits to these places I have also seen many Great Cormorants, one Northern Fulmar, one Sooty Shearwater, and many Black Guillemots.
Before posting individual bird images, I wanted to show the sheer magnitude of the flocks of birds that make their way the Newfoundland as a safe haven to have their young.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
I had seen my first Baltimore Oriole on Bear Cove Road on the Southern Shore only two short weeks ago. The bird was far and the light was behind it. My pictures of the first sighting left a lot to be desired. Now, with the bird cooperating so well and the sun over my shoulder, the pressure was on to get a good shot. I am satisfied with the images that came out of my camera.
The next Botanical Gardens bird walk is scheduled for October 3 at 8 a.m.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Over the last three months, I have travelled all over the Avalon Peninsula, several times. During this time I developed a new "feel" for this province and a true appreciation of its history and its many wonders. I have photographed much of it and many birds along the way.
I still have over 50 species of birds to share. You may have noticed that I have developed a linking page called "Bird Photo Listing." I have created an alphabetical listing of the bird postings. (The page is still under development, but it is coming along nicely.) This page will be useful if you are looking for a specific bird and don't have the time to browse the monthly posting list on the right side of the page.
You may note that I have added a few new gadgets to the site to bring you more bird information. These are for trial only. If you have any suggestions about how you think I can enhance my blog, please submit a comment.
Among the gadgets added are several useful to local birders. The weather is always a key factor in bird watching. For that reason I have linked to the Weather Network. Fog is also a major factor when travelling to the shores for birding. To help with that challenge, I have added a link to the Newfoundland Road Cams that can show the weather conditions across the province. If shorebirds are on your "to do" list, it is helpful to know the tide schedule in the area you plan to bird. You may also notice that I have added a link to Newfoundland Tide information. I hope these little tools will enhance your birding experience. For my international visitors, I have provided the Bablefish Translator to help with any unfamiliar words.
Thank you for visiting my site and please do come back to watch it grow and to make suggestions. I am very happy to learn visitors from all around the world are finding my sight. Welcome!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The House Finch is a common bird, coast to coast across the U.S. However, it is possible it may find its way here some time. This morning, I read a report that a Turkey Vulture had been spotted on the West Coast of the island. I never know what to expect but the unexpected.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I am continuing to collect images of the same birds so that I can more closely study the changes that the birds undergo through the seasons. There is breeding plumage, winter plumage, summer plumage, fall plumage, and molting all complicated by the gender and the age of the bird. I wonder if I will ever get it all? or even part?