A Lucky Encounter: Belted Kingfisher

Only a few hours available, I picked up my backpack and headed out to Park Angrignon with the plan to train a bit more on video settings, video recording and audio recording. In the hope spotting at least a few ducks, I walked around and unfortunately, I haven’t seen one bird. Later, the only waterfowl so far, a juvenile Hooded Merganser, which I actually missed by staring at my iPhone. Continue reading

Chasing Night Herons

A beautiful Saturday and highly motivated to explore a new place, I decided to go to Moulin Légaré, Saint-Eustache, with the sole purpose to look for Night Herons. It is unusual for me to visit a place where only one species has been reported and especially because the place doesn’t look like having much more to offer and traveling there takes me over an hour. Continue reading

Pippy Park Failure

With Google Maps, the way how I travel has changed fundamentally. But today Google Maps failed me as there are two Pippy Parks and I accidentally went for the second one which is a golf course.

I am no friend of golf courses. I consider the relation between the size of the ball and the field it is played on as almost perversely out of proportions and I think it is unfair to reserve such a huge space for so few people.

 

Anyway, it was not obvious on Google Maps that the second Pippy Park is a golf course with restricted access and I had to look for an alternative. I found a natural area adjacent to Airport Heights Park.

It Is No Secret …

.. that Newfoundland owns unique and beautiful landscapes attracting many tourists year over year. The place is also known for great opportunities to see and observe wildlife like birds, whales, moose and more.

Green Boat

I shouldn’t be that surprised about what I saw on my first two days hiking in and around St. John’s. Nevertheless, it’s overwhelming! Almost happy that tomorrow rain is expected and therefore I may have the possibility to relax and regain some energy for the following days.

Whale watching from the beach.

No need to search long for birds.

Biking around Island Montreal – 200+ km

Cycling is my preferred way to travel because different to walking or hiking you actually get somewhere. And on the bike, I feel a strong freedom in my choice where to go. At least for the first few miles.

Anyway, to start my 2017 bike tours on Island Montreal, I began slowly and tested my bike, bags and equipment by visiting Ile de la Visitation. I then increased the pace and biked to Technopark, Park Pointe-aux-Prairies and finally to Park Ile Bizard.

I geared up my bike by adding feet bracelets to the pedals for the last tour. I had them years ago and I remembered that they ease biking a lot but now I am not sure if that was just wishful thinking. On my last trip, I was faster in average but it could be due to having improved my condition over these days. The bracelets are definitively a hassle with all the stop lights in Montreal, though.

The purpose of these trips was not only to cycle around although this is enjoyable itself. With the bike, I am able to get to parks which are difficult to reach by public transportation and the reason to visit these parks is mainly, and you may know it already  by now, to take photos of Island Montreal’s wildlife.

I add here some shots including two species which I observed for the first time and a Great Egret flying by from my last trip.

I have added all photos except the flowers to my galleries:
https://xcmsmedia.appspot.com/species?view=selector
The over 20 new flowers are still in process to be identified and will be added over the next few days.