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Snapshot #83: Newfoundland Birding Sites, Part 2

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Saturday Snapshot invites bloggers to share photos. For our most recent vacation, my husband and I visited various birding sites in Newfoundland. So far, I’ve shared photos from Cape St. Mary’s, one of seven seabird ecological reserves protected by provincial legislation. This week’s post will feature Witless Bay. Comprised of four small islands, this reserve is home to millions of seabirds that come to shore in the summer to nest and raise their young.

Whales supposedly swim in the area too, especially humpback and minkes. We didn’t see many whales, but we did see a large variety of birds. Newfoundland Tourism advises that the reserve is best seen from a tour boat. This is how Andy, my sister, and I spent one of our mornings together on the Avalon Peninsula.

Not far into our tour, we saw puffin on the water. Then just as when we visited Cape St. Mary’s, when we reached the four islands, we saw cliffs blanketed with birds as far as the eye could see. They provided us with a great viewing pleasure.

Of course, once again, picking what to focus on proved a challenge. Moreover, because of being on a boat, managing to take clear photos was also a task. I tried to capture shots of each type of bird, especially of ones in flight.

For anyone who has the opportunity, we highly recommend the O’Briens boat tour, which leaves from Bay Bulls. From the moment the boat launched, we enjoyed the experience. Our guide had a light personality and made everyone feel at ease. He’s also a member of the Irish Descendants and sometimes led passengers in stirring songs. And when the boat tour ended, we ate traditional Newfoundland cuisine at The Sailor’s Gallery Restaurant, where reservations can be made and souvenirs bought.


8 Responses to "Snapshot #83: Newfoundland Birding Sites, Part 2"

I would love to see a Puffin in the wild. They are on the Oregon Coast, supposedly….but I’ve only ever seen them at the aquarium.

Next week I’ll have more puffin photos. This vacation was all about birds and especially the comical puffin. 🙂

I would love to see puffins some day.
Thanks for sharing!

Eastern Canada has lots of them on the coasts. This was my first year to see puffins.

Great close-ups! Thanks for sharing, and here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

I spent a lot of time scanning and zooming in on the rocks to find interesting shots. Off to visit your Saturday Snapshot….

What a lovely place to visit. I would enjoy going there.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

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Summer Reviews

Books can take connect us with strangers, take us to unique places, and introduce us to new ideas. They can also offer hope in a chaotic world. And so I must share what I read!

Each week, I’ll introduce you to religious books, Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, or diversity books. Some I’ll review as singles and others as part of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Joni: The unforgettable story of a young woman’s struggle against quadriplegia & depression by Joni Eareckson
  • The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen
  • Brothers in hope : the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan–refugees by Mary Williams
  • The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee



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