Shelburne Birding

San on the Lam

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

One of the great things about being retired (especially early retired) is the ability to just go off somewhere. We’ve had a few very cold days here in south-west Nova Scotia (known as the Banana Belt to the rest of the province, but we can still get a little cold at times), with snow, that has tended to keep us indoors. Today was still quite cold, but bright and sunny, and we were ready for a ride out. We were going birding, of course; a new list (for 2019) had started on 01 January, so we were keen to see some new species.

We started out well, with a Thick-billed Murre, glimpsed as we crossed the causeway from Cape Sable Island, where we live. After a quick U-turn, we went back across the causeway to the car park at North-East Point to get a better look. It wasn’t a new…

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Our Wonderful World – American Kestrel

RM Goldsmith Photography

After about another whole week of rainy weather, today I woke up to blue skies and the sun shining.  So, we found another place to look for some wildlife and especially birds.  We Googled some birding spots near us, hoping to find a new location, and sure enough a place we had not heard of was found:  Eagle Lake Refuge.  According to their website it is an especially good place for waterfowl and wading birds, and the best viewing season  is in the winter.  Unfortunately, by the time we got ready to go, it was about 1 pm when we got there and most of the ducks were out on the water and very much aware of our intrusion into their refuge and wanted nothing to do with us getting closer than 300 yards.  Not very good for photography.

Our plans are to go back again one day, before the…

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Raptor Wednesday

Backyard and Beyond

This linden tree sported a male American Kestrel in 2017 and 2018, too. Now here’s… another? He’s facing the low winter sun. That makes for good photographs, but also gives his potential prey a good view of him.You’d think he’d want to come out of the sun, but that might throw his shadow ahead of him.So the above pictures were taken a few weeks ago. Raptor Wednesday usually running behind this time of year. But I always check this spot when I’m near by, and most times I see nothing. But just yesterday, for the first time since the above:Here he was again.(I mean, I think it’s the same bird.)

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Red-tailed Hawk


Well, this is one sweet boatload of dumb, blind luck. Driving in the Apffel Park area, I follow a curve to the right, and there she is, 30-40 feet from the road. I slam on the brakes as calmly as I can and at this point: this is where the bird usually flies off, especially hawks, who don’t suffer fools like me gladly. But she* just sat there and I rolled down the passenger window, grabbed the camera and starting clicking away. She even sat still long enough for me to pause and adjust zoom and aperture, which is the setting that captured this exposure.

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