Selected Photos 2017 – Outlook 2018

Like every year in January, I browse through the camera roll of my flickr account and select a few photos to create a slideshow of the shots which I like most and create a short video for YouTube. First time, I used one of own piano improvisations for the sound track:

This year, two of my photos have been selected by Flickr to be shown in Flickr’s “Explore” section, a photo of two Pied-billed Grebes and a shot of a jumping Humpback Whale, taken at Cape Spear, Newfoundland.

Finally, I was able to spot Black-crowned Night Herons, in St. Eustache, and one of the shots made it into the collection. Another highlight was the observation of two Common Moorhens in Park de la Frayere.

Thanks to the Nikon D500, I was able to get more consistently good shots of birds in flight. It may be true that a good camera is not needed to be a good photographer but without the high frame rate of the Nikon D500, taking photos of birds in flight would have been a frustrating endeavour.

There is a collection of close shots of different bird species and white-tailed deer which I like very much and from which the photo of the curious American Yellow Warbler is my favorite shot of 2017.

Nevertheless, comparing Selection 2017 with 2016, I cannot see major progress regarding the quality of my photos. I was able to get out more frequently and create more opportunities for pleasant photos, though.

I decided for the domain name,, of my website about identification of species in Quebec and finished programming and design: Fauna & Flora Photography. I had to go through a rebranding of different social media accounts.


There are a few species which I really would love to encounter this year. Among them, Snow Goose and Fox are due. I plan recording many more videos. Besides ND filters, I have the necessary equipment. A small investment comparing to the rest of the hardware. Nevertheless, I want to replace the Tamron 150-600mm with a Nikon 200-500mm. I am not convinced of sharpness of my Tamron tele zoom lense and I don’t like its bokeh.

Anything else? Going outdoors and searching for animals to watch and take photos is a lot of fun. A perfect balance to my sedentary work life. There will be another change which will have a major impact in opportunities. More about that in January 2019.


Circling Around – Videography

The original idea, my plan I may say, was to create videos, maybe even longer documentaries, of wildlife in Canada. As usually, I worked on this project not only to get it somehow done but to approach it methodically and fill out all the gaps. Having starting with the small Lumix pocket camera shooting photos of ants on flowers, I prepared a list of what I need to learn on the way to get there. Continue reading

Pippy Park Success

Stubborn! It worked with the second intend. Walking along Kent’s Pond and then down to Long Pond, I passed Pippy Park and found the Fluvarium I was looking for the other day.

All the people walking or running along the lakes and river definitively doesn’t help spotting birds and other animals. Nevertheless, I saw Dark-eyed Juncos, American Goldfinches, American Crows, American Black Ducks, Northern Pintail, Common Terns, an Osprey circling over the lake at high altitudes, a sparrow like bird which I am not able to identify and flocks of European Starlings. Even a squirrel crossed my path. The first squirrel I saw here in St. John’s.

Here the unidentified sparrow like bird. Can you assist me with the ID?





Father Troy’s Trail

A two hour hike along the eastern shores of Newfoundland from Flatrock Cove to Torbay. There was a strong wind from land side which may, a bit stronger, could have pushed us off the cliff. Said this, the difficult part was the first part, even for a Swiss, the rest was easy hiking.

I spent two hours taking photos of birds before we actually started the trail. This explains why the sky still was cloudy on the first shot and later all clouds are gone.

I spotted dolphins! Besides that, a lot of gulls but also Northern Gannet, Black Guillemot and Semipalmated Sandpiper. I will share these shots on my FB page dedicated to Nature Photography:

For the complete collection of all species I have seen and I was able to take a photo:

All landscape photos of the gallery above have been taken with iPhone 7 and published without any editing.

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Unusual. Usually, I travel to places I know, like visiting family back in Switzerland, stopping by a place to meet people I work with or going back to a place I already lived at.


Not for this summer vacation, I decided to visit a new place. The choice felt on St. John’s because it is at the sea, it is just a short flight away, there is wildlife just across the street and finally, I saw some photos of the colourfully painted houses and I looked forward to see them personally.


Standing 10 minutes at the exit of the airport, I joked to return immediately as I haven’t seen one bird, not one. A joke. Let’s see what I will bring back from this trip. Later that day, I saw some birds and I even took a photo of what I suspect was a European Starling.