Monday, July 5, 2010

My World Tuesday

Black Point
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

There's an advantage to having a Forest Ranger as a best friend!  
It gives me the opportunity to hike in some of the most
remote areas of Cape Breton!


We spent the day hiking along this isolated, cobble beach.




Where the ocean has ravaged the shore over time.

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And erosion is evident everywhere.



A Kingfisher flew off upon our approach.
Here's it's nest.

  

Probably 8 feet high?

And one must be careful if walking at the top among the grasses.




There were some nesting Arctic Terns that weren't too happy 
about our presence.  They made sure we didn't get too close.
We happily gave them their space, but sat quietly with our lunches
and observed them for identification purposes.  

Circling the perimeter of the barrachois was the most interesting leg of our journey.





There were about 30 male Common Mergansers flying in and out.
They were difficult to photograph, but here are a few.






And the largest loon I've ever seen in my life.


Who was there, in the same spot,
 three hours later when we passed by again.

This young seal was either entrapped during a flood stage between the barrachois and the open ocean, or was dragged up into the tall grasses by a predator.

The coyotes pass along the top of the beach each morning to see what they can scavange.



The buzzing of the Nelson's (Sharptail) heralded
 from the tall grasses between the little lake and the open ocean.




The Savannah Sparrows watched us carefully as we trespassed upon their territory.


The Red Admirals paid no attention to us at all.


And this Spotted Sandpiper was too busy to care.




Further down the great expanse of beach,
the seagulls were holding their weekly convention.



I took a ton more photos than this, but they'll have to wait for another day!
That's MY World.  You can visit other My World posts by
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5 comments:

Gaelyn said...

This is a great place to explore. So much diversity.

Carver said...

This is such a gorgeous place. The shots are wonderful.

soulbrush said...

lovely pics.

Just Ramblin' said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day exploring your beautiful "world". So much to see! So much to enjoy!
Nola

EG Wow said...

What a wonderful place to hike and take photos. Wish I could go there too. :)