Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I just returned from a two week birding trip to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. All the above photos are from Newfoundland - Rocky coast, Northern Gannets, inland bog, and road sign. The landscape was rugged and pristine, and the weather was moody - rain, fog, wind, sun, humidity - I loved it! I was surprised by the variety of accents of the local people, by the fact that the numerous moose are an introduced species (in Newfoundland), by how quickly the fog can roll in and completely obscure the view, giving you a sense of disorientation. The birding was challenging at times, with the weather and landscape; some of us in the group did an all day hike/climb, mostly on talus slopes, to the top of Gros Morne to see the Rock Ptarmigan. We did find a pair, it was so windy that it was hard to hold your binoculars steady! I am just going through my photos and will probably do another post as I found it so inspiring.