A Parting Gift …

Still a few hours left before our flight back to Montreal, I walked along Kents Pond, Pippy Park, enjoying the crispy, fresh air and sunshine when this small hawk [Sharp-shinned Hawk] appeared, flying over the lake on search for some breakfast or rather brunch.

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Unfortunately, I had already stored my large lens in the main suitcase and left back at the hotel, so I had to content with 70-300mm.

My visit to St. John’s has exceeded my expectations by a lot. Almost everyday, I spotted exciting species within an extraordinary setting. What I liked most about St. John’s is that the places to spot animals are so close to, or even within the city itself:

  • Pippy Park, 0km: Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Quidi Vidi Harbour, 5km: Minke whale, Bald Eagle, Osprey
  • Flat Rock Cove, 15km: Northern Gannet, Black Guillemot, Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Cape Spear, 20km: Humpback whale, Minke whale, Atlantic Puffin, Razorbills

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