Red Fox don’t have wonderful eyesight, but a great sense of smell and an even better sense of whimsy. Born near the beach in Nova Scotia, this little feller loves to lay in the fresh grass as you can see by the stain on his chin.
We are pretty sure this kit is the only survivor of his litter. Strong and handsome he is the current reigning prince of his territory.
I was birding with a friend in St. John’s, Newfoundland and this beautiful Silver Fox crept slowly by us. Had we not been trying to locate a bird in our binoculars we may never have spotted him. The Silver variant is a mutation of our Red Fox. Nature and serendipity, two of my favorite things.
In the fall of 2018 I traveled all the way to the Northern region of Greece just to see a Dalmatian Pelican. Well, admittedly I was planning a vacation to the Greek Islands and figured the region would be a nice addition to round out my trip. On my first European vacation I had a relaxing 4 days of swimming and relaxing on the Mediterranean Sea, followed by a culturally fascinating visit to the Macedonian region of the country. I didn’t have nearly enough time in the city of Thessaloniki, but did have a wonderful 2 days birding in the Lake Kerkini area. These rare Pelicans were one of many beautiful creatures I witnessed on my adventure of a lifetime.
I have taken thousands of photos of birds over the past 3 years, and most with a better camera, but this will always be my favorite. Everything about it is special. I had just adopted my rescued Border Collie, Macy, that first week in May, and brought her on leash to the beach down the road. I didn’t expect there to be any shorebirds on the beach, plus she was on leash and couldn’t make much trouble. She sniffed something in the rocks. And there it was. My first Semipalmated Sandpiper of the season, an early migrant, sleeping hard from the flight of many thousands of kilometers. There are things you cannot plan in this life. Good things.
The Common Yellowthroat is a familiar bird during the summer in Nova Scotia, but rarely out in the open like this unless they feel threatened. Very skulky birds more often heard then seen. I was lucky to happen upon this one enjoying a snack in a sunny bush and fire off a shot before it flew off.