Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Bird Islands Part II

Part II of our trip to The Bird Islands off Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  In Part I, I listed out all the birds we saw on the trip. Here we have a Razorbill flying into its nest site on a cliff.DSC_0258

And here we have a Black-legged Kittiwake bringing in nesting material to keep its nest anchored to the side of the cliff.

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A Black Guillemot flies out to sea to find some food.  Note those sexy red legs!  We see this bird down in Gloucester during the winter in its off season plumage.

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Also in Part I, I mentioned that although the weather couldn’t have been better, there was just one problem. The star of the show was just a little scarce.  You see, Puffins do not like hot weather.  These little butterballs like it cool, and on a hot, sunny day, they will stay deep in their borrows or will go out to sea. We did see a few. DSC_0225 DSC_0250

For birders, the Great Cormorants, Black Guillemots and Razorbills would be a thrill and the Puffins would be icing on the cake.  Puffins have such an endearing quality that they are admired by people from all walks of life.  That makes them good ambassadors for wildlife.  I wish I had some better shots, but you know what?  If I got all the shots I needed on this trip, I would never have to make another!

“Hey Becky, we gotta go back!”

So where next?  Charlottetown, PEI? How about a sail down the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City!  OoooOOOooO, you will not want to miss that.  And be sure not to miss this morning post of yesterday’s Greasy Pole Competition!

8 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Great photos, and you are right. all these birds would be a great sighting for me. But I have always wanted to see the Puffins.

RNSANE said...

What wonderful captures you got but the puffin stole my heart. I've never seen one up close and personal. I did birds today as well.

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The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Wonderful shots, all, but I understand about the puffins. Soooo cute!

LadyFi said...

Wow - some beautiful photos!

Denise said...

Your bird shots are great! Interesting behavior on the Puffins, never knew that before but considering the shows I have seen they seem to be in colder climates, the light bulb has just been lit ;)

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Here's to the next vacation shoot!

The Early Birder said...

Thank goodness all the Auks didn't hide away otherwise someone would have been really gripped off.
I'm enjoying the review of your trip and Anita is peering over my shoulder making suitable sounds..but not offering to go back to work to earn the trip money..lol. Cheers FAB.

Chris said...

Cool you got to see them all Steve... Quite a thrilling trip I guess... Did you get common guillemot too ;-)
Nice shots of them you got and of course you will have to go back there

Eve said...

So glad they peeked out for you and Becky! I love the photos. Maybe someday I'll get up to Manine and go see the Puffins with my cousin Julie. Great Part II Steve!

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