Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Dovekies In Holyrood

After an unsuccessful attempt a few weeks ago to photograph a dovekie, I seen a post on NF.birds talking about hundreds of dovekies blown into Conception Bay and that there was many dead and many more blown inland. In that split seccond i had decided that no matter what it takes i WILL be going to holyrood in the morning.

I knew that by the time i got there most will be gone back out of the bay now that the winds have subsided but i had to go because i knew that for sure a few had to be still hanging around !
The only thing i had not realised was that my dad was going out of town so i had a ride a ride there but no ride back !! So just like any Photographer/Birder would do..I went !

I'm glad i did because i found one individual in a small river outflow. You can read about how small these guys are or even see them from a far but in order to truly take in their small plump size you need to be close.

This will be my last post on the blog as i have decided to team up with fellow birder/photographer Brad James to create....Drum Roll Please.... Newfoundland Nature Projects ! On this new an improved blog you will be able to see what i am up to and also my conservation work.
We will be posting much much more often then i have been on this blog and also we hope to turn it into an informative blog that you can use as a resourse for birding and photography !

I hope you will follow me over to the new blog--------->

Thursday, 3 January 2013

2012 Year Highlights and 2013 Goals !

Well, I know this blog post is well over due (no excuses) however as i write this i am suffering from an ear infection and probably the worst flu to date. AND what a horrible time to be feeling like dirt ! Each and every day NF.Birds is filled with posts of great birds ! Winter warblers, thrushes, and Ducks ! So Everyone consider yourselves lucky !!
As anyone could of guessed my biggest highlight of 2012 was going to the arctic ! Not only did i see birds, mammals, ice, snow and rock i also visited Greenland and can say i seen the Greenland ice cap ! 

Another thing that i would consider an highlight would be i feel like in 2012 i have increased my photography skills. I'm not bragging, i have come to this conclusion because i have looked over my pictures on flickr over and over and over again and i have noticed that the quality in the pictures is better. Also i use a different photo editor but I'm not looking at colour or that stuff I'm looking at angle, eye contact, presentation, am i getting a message across, etc

One more highlight that i have been working on and will be working on in 2013 is a local store in town has agreed to start selling my pictures, in the new year which is a great start I think as far as the photography business goes. Also it is motivation to do better and raise my bar as far as picture quality goes.

For 2013 my goals are:

Go to the antarctic (A work In Progress)
Get a job with parks Canada for the summer (looks good !!!)
Visit cape freels at peak shorebird season
Visit the puffins in bonavista
Get some better shots of horned larks
Photograph at least 1 Owl
See more then 10 species of warbler in breeding plumage
I could go on and on but i dont want to get my hopes up haha One Final goal would be to keep updating the blog more often and get more people to comment !!!!!!! Happy New Year !

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Catch up on Birding

While i was away from the blog for quite some spell i added a few birds to my life list !
The more and more time i spend at birding and photography the better it is ! Here are some of my favourite shots !

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Lee Naraway

This lady pictured below is one of the most inspirational and motivate photographers i have ever met. While on my trip to the arctic i met lee and she shared with me some great tips for photography.
Some of the photos in my last post were taken by her.

Check here for some of my more recent shots !

Monday, 12 November 2012

Im Backkkk !!!!

First off i would like to apologise to the few people that used to follow the blog for not posting in ages !
My trip to the arctic was amazing and life changing to say the least ! I got to meet some amazing and very inspirational people on my expedition and i can now say i have memories i will never forget !!

On my trip i got to see polar bears, walrus, LOTS of northern fulmar and the ice...AMAZING ICE. The same ice that kept us stuck in Iqaluit for 4 extra days and caused the CANADIAN COAST GARD to come a rescue us !! Talk about action packed !

Besides the birds and the mammals i also got to meet some Inuit elders and the knowledge they contain is more then anyone could of taken in, in the short period of time i was with them. However the information i did get was unbelievable ! Everything from native plants to politics ! They were so so kind and welcoming it was striking how much they welcome you into there little tiny community's with open arms (not kidding hugs from strangers)

The photo opps seemed to never end... But i had missed the breeding birds of the arctic by about 3 weeks..Bummer

In total i seen 17 polar bears 5 walrus and literally thousands of mures, fulmars !

Sunday, 26 August 2012

The Great North !

I thought I should post and let the few people that read my blog know that I am alive and am home from my amazing expedition up north. Right now I'm very very busy with a math exam and getting ready to go back to school. But ! As soon as I can get a few hours I will share with you how amazing of an experience I had ! Polar bears, walrus, and massive ice burgs are just a few things I seen.

Also on a side note, shorebird season is happening and so far i have already had some amazing photo oportunities !

More to come !! 

Saturday, 28 July 2012

And He's Off !

Just doing some very last minute things and then I'm off to the arctic for almost 3 weeks !!!
Expect many long posts about my trip filled with pictures when i return !

Wish me good Luck !