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Canada Explorer Ontario Wawa

Wawa, Ontario Tourist Points of Interest – The Michipicoten Dump

Wawa, Ontario Tourist Points of Interest – The Michipicoten Dump

Most tourists wouldn’t consider the town dump to be a point of interest but for some, birders in particular, a rural town dump is usually ranked right up near the top of the list of points of interest (along with the local sewage lagoon).  Therefore, today, after a nice meal we made a stop at the local dump (location) expecting to see plenty of Crows or Ravens, likely some Turkey Vultures, perhaps an Eagle or two and with a bit of luck a Black Bear. We only stayed about 20 minutes but saw all of the bird species that we expected and also enjoyed seeing a Black Bear entering the far side of the dump property. (Tech note: low light and shot with 300mm and 1.7x extender)

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Canada Explorer Ontario Ottawa

Andrew Haydon Park and the Brant, Nepean, Ontario

After visiting Shirley’s Bay, I drove along to Andrew Haydon Park on the Ottawa River. When I go out with my camera, I sometimes have a specific theme in mind. On other days,such a this one, I just photograph what happens to come along.

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Florida USA

Cycling in Florida – Anhinga Trail Revisited

Monday – After the longer ride to Flamingo the day before, we decided on a shorter trip for today’s outing and cycled over the Nike missile silo area and then went around to the Anhinga Trail again.

There were plenty of alligators and vultures and anhingas out and about again today, so I kept the camera working.

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Alfred Bog Canada Explorer Home and About Ontario

Alfred Bog, Alfred, Ontario

Alfred Bog, Alfred, Ontario

My birder friend, Gerhard, gave me a call to tell me he was going to be showing a group of Dutch folks around the Alfred, Ontario area. He wondered if I might like to come along with my cameras. He keeps hoping I’ll learn a little Dutch, I think, as it was the language of the day. My language, of course, is pictures.

Gerhard always wants to be on the road by dawn (or earlier). He is a keen birder. I, on the other hand, am a keen sleeper :-). However, when he invites me on a birding outing, I rarely say no.

The group gathered in the east end of the city early in the morning (I live on the opposite side of the city so needed to get up earlier :-)) and headed out to the sewage lagoons near Alfred, Ontario. Sounds like a terrible place to go to spend an early morning moment but ask any serious birder where the sewage lagoons are anywhere in the world and they will likely be able to tell you!

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Amherst Island Canada Explorer Home and About Ontario

Amherst Island, Ontario

Amherst Island, Ontario

Ring-Billed Gull
Ring-Billed Gull

Amherst Island, Ontario – birding outing

Amherst Island is a popular spot for birders to visit especially in the winter months and early Spring (Location)

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Canada Explorer Ontario Rondeau Provincial Park

Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario

Mayapple Blossom

Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario

This was the first time that I had ever seen a May-Apple in blossom so despite the rain this was a treat for me to photograph. The flower has a waxy texture to it and is hidden by the large over-arching leaves. Rondeau was one of my stops on a circular tour that took me from my home near Ottawa, Ontario first to the Bruce Peninsula and then south to Pt. Pelee before heading home east along the north shore of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

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Canada Explorer Ontario Point Pelee

Point Pelee National Park, Leamington, Ontario

The water’s edge at Point Pelee National Park is the southernmost point in mainland Canada. It is located close by Leamington, Ontario, home to the Heinz food company.