No salmon return to Canada river, bringing New England fears

A conservation group’s discovery that no wild Atlantic salmon have returned to a key river in New Brunswick is prompting concern for the fish’s population health in the U.S. and eastern Canada. The New Brunswick-based Atlantic Salmon Federation has been monitoring the Magaguadavic River for the Canadian government since 1992. The group says this year […]

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The Enigmatic Peregrine Falcon

Tony Beck, professional birdwatcher and tour guide, came to the Ambleside 2 condominium complex at the west end of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, mainly for the view overlooking the Ottawa River. He figured it was a convenient and safe place to see interesting birds from the comfort of a balcony. He wasn’t disappointed. In fact, the […]

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Photo Tip #1

PHOTO TIP from Always An Adventure: This is our first post, and it’s about back-lit situations.             Photographing back-lit subjects are never easy, and there are a few tricks to consider in situations like this. 1) you can use a fill flash/pop-up flash 2) you can get light from other […]

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Red-legged Honeycreeper at Laguna Lagartos

Wildlife Photo Adventure in Costa Rica!

A great surprise came when Tony asked me if I wanted to join as a participant on the TTL tour with Greentours – Natural History Holidaysto Costa Rica that he was leading with Chris Gardner. As we had our own little Birding & Photography tour there in March this year, I was very excited with […]

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Birding Petrie Island, Ontario, Canada

Enjoying Fall & Birding!

Tuesday October 1: It was a misty morning at Petrie Island, Always An Adventure’s first official birding excursion this fall. The fog lingered a bit thorough the first hours of the day, but vanished and gave room for blue skies and sunshine. We had Merlin, Rusty Blackbirds, Green Heron, American Bitter and a young Bald […]

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Pectoral Sandpiper

Birding Late Summer into Fall

Tuesday September 25: What a most fantastic day! The sun was shining with blue skies, there was no wind, and there were birds everywhere! Starting the morning at Petrie Island with calm condition, we decided to do a full search of the woods. Black-throated Green Warblers, Chickadees, Gray Catbirds, Goldfinches, White-throated Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Flycatchers […]

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Birding Prince Edward Point & Presqu’ile Provincial Park – Canada

It was still dark with the night’s chilly draft and drizzling rain sweeping over Ottawa, when a small, dedicated group of birders met at the Park & Ride off Hwy 416 and Bankfield. The drive down to Prince Edward County revealed several species of birds with plenty more greeting us at the point. We were […]

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Summer Birding has started!

Tuesday July 3: The first morning of our Summer Program started at Petrie Island with wonderful weather. We quickly ventured out to explore the east end of Ottawa. At Carlsbad Springs we had an entire family of American Kestrels. We also went to Embrun and Casselman Lagoons, where we had the first fall migrants including […]

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The End of Spring Birding..

Tuesday June 26: We started the morning at dawn in Gatineau Park with the plan of exploring all along the beautiful Gatineau Escarpment. Our first great excitement was a cooperative Upland Sandpiper perched on a fence post near Breckenridge. The fields seem fairly active with Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks. We found a family of highly […]

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June Excursions

June Excursions in the greater Ottawa Area – Canada Tuesday June 19: Although the weather seemed unsettling as we left Ottawa for the Purdon Fen, upon our arrival, the rain completely stopped. Much to our delight, the glistening rain droplets covered ever bloom ofShowy Lady’s Slippers. It became an excellent day with calm conditions and […]

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