Puffins and Gannets and Murres, Oh My!

My tour of Newfoundland was wonderful – as in literally full of wonders. Not least of which was the birds. Here are my best bird pics from the trip, starting with my favourite first:

Atlantic Puffin

And here’s where the puffins live – in these holes on a cliff:

Northern Gannet

Common Murre

Some Common Murres look like they are wearing white glasses. They are called “bridled”.

Common Murre (bridled)

We saw A LOT of Murres:

Between the Murres and the Puffins it looked like a mosquito swarm around the island!



Black-legged Kittiwake

Great Black-backed Gull

I took the following picture of a couple of Great Black-backed Gulls and didn’t realize until I looked at it later that there were chicks!

Herring Gull

I think that’s all the new birds I saw. And then were icebergs! And whales! More pictures to come.

Happy 6th Anniversary to Me!

Today is the 6th anniversary of the day I started photographing birds. On May 11th 2011, I photographed my first bird – a Brown Thrasher.

Brown Thrasher (2011)

I now have 425 birds on my photographed life list. They are from 4 different countries:

  • Canada (166)
  • Costa Rica (237)
  • Cuba (16)
  • Mexico (6)

The Canadian ones are taken from 3 different provinces:

  • British Columbia (16)
  • Ontario (1)
  • Saskatchewan (149)

My list increased by an amazing 255 birds this last year, largely due to my birding trip to Costa Rica in December. Every year I do a slide show of the birds I’ve photographed in the last year and post it on Youtube. I’m working on this year’s but it may take awhile – to put together and to watch! If you’re interested in past years’ efforts just search “Dianne’s Birds” on Youtube.

And the last bird added this year? A Loggerhead Shrike, that I photographed on a Golden Eagles trip to Redberry Lake yesterday.

Loggerhead Shrike (2017)

I love birding!

Getting Better

With a new lens, more knowledge (thank you Steve!) and more experience, my bird pictures are improving greatly. Now I can replace some of my older pictures with newer better ones. Here are a few examples:

Red-necked Grebe (2017)

Red-necked Grebe (2012)









Red-winged Blackbird (2017)

Red-winged Blackbird (2011)














Green-winged Teal (2011)

Green-winged Teal (2017)