I wouldn't dare take the colour out of the photos below. The houses in The Battery are simply too beautiful for that.
A few photos from the hike:
Year-round resident of Newfoundland.
Rare breeding visitor to Newfoundland.
Portland Creek is one of the first places I stopped on the Northern Peninsula last June. Before I drove the rest of the way north, toward St. Anthony. The island changes drastically as you travel up the Northern Pen. The closer you get to Labrador, the more the island begins to resemble Jurassic Park. There are more open expanses of bare rock and the trees reserve their numbers to dense stands rather than thick, never-ending spruce forests.
This change in ecosystems is called an ecotone. Traits from conjoining ecosystems mix and provide a bit of both worlds to a transition space. Ecotones are one of the best places to see birds.
Arches Provincial Park provided me with a great place to stretch my legs. I examined the arches, wishing that the tide would go far out so that I could walk underneath. I braved the primitive loo, a four-walled space that leaked light and water and bugs.
I took my camera out and captured these friends before I left.
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I think there should be a word for this feeling. It's the one you get when you've lived somewhere for awhile. Your days start to feel a bit routine, maybe even a little mundane (I'm looking at you, winter). You drive the same route, mostly. You go to the same grocery store out of habit or convenience or both. It can be comfortable, but just that. Not overwhelmingly boring and not seriously exuberant. And then! You see something you've never seen before. In a place you've been many times.
I'll be honest, most of these things for me are birds. You can't be surprised. But currently there is a whole ocean of sea pans (or pack ice) in every harbour surrounding the capital city (St. John's, NL) and there are seals and polar bears on that ice. POLAR BEARS! I took some photographs of this sea ice and I'll be sure to post about it in a couple days.
Just when I thought I knew every shade of winter grey here, sea ice and seals and polar bears mosey on over.
I saw two new birds the other day as well. New to me. Not new to Quidi Vidi Lake here in town.
It's the carrot-top, Eurasian version of the American Wigeon, which was also present in small numbers.
My other first was this Pied-billed Grebe.
These two newbies have been added to my Bird List which can be found in the menu at the top of the page. You will see all of the wild birds I've observed there (not counting zoos, etc.).
The links for the posts that relate to each species may still need a bit of tuning up so be patient if you cannot find a post you're looking for right away. I'm on it!
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