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Backyard Birding During Social Distancing in April

We had tentative plans to go to Colorado and Utah this month to visit Arches National Park but that trip was put on hold due to coronavirus concerns. Arches was closed to the public due to the public health crisis in late March. It has been a quiet month here in Pennsylvania and it willContinue reading

More Waterfowl and other Birds at John Heinz NWR

It was a beautiful March day in Philadelphia and John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge was full of people enjoying the weather on the trails. We made our way there on Sunday afternoon and picked up a few more waterfowl that we had been missing from our life list. One of those birds was the bufflehead.Continue reading

March Birding at Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Drive

It was a sunny day on Saturday (though a bit windy) so we headed over to Wildlife Drive in Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey north of Atlantic City. It is about 90 minutes from the Philadelphia area. Edwin B Forsythe NWR protects about 47,000 acres along the Atlantic Flyway, including coastalContinue reading

Bald Eagle, Northern Shoveler & More at John Heinz NWR

We decided to head down to John Heinz NWR near the Philadelphia airport with our camera again for some March birding. While we were there, we saw one bald eagle sitting on the nest and the other decided to fly in while we were in the blind on the shore of the impoundment. We wereContinue reading

February Birding at the John J Audubon Center

After a brief cold spell in the Philadelphia area, we had another 50+ degree day today and I took the opportunity to walk around the John J Audubon Center at Mill Grove in Audubon with our Canon SX60 camera to take pictures of the birds in the area. I also crossed Perkiomen Creek and walkedContinue reading

January Birding at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

We made our first trip down to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge for a walk and some bird photography this weekend. John Heinz NWR is the nation’s first urban refuge, established in 1972 to protect Pennsylvania’s largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh, Tinicum Marsh. It is located in Southwest Philadelphia near the Philadelphia airport. We haveContinue reading

Bald Eagles at the Dafter Dump in Michigan – December 2019

We took an hour in December 2019 to see and photograph bald eagles at the Dafter Dump in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, not far from Sault Ste Marie. We went up north to visit family after Christmas and saw a report that there were 25 eagles spotted at the landfill the day before. SoContinue reading

Biscayne & Everglades National Park in November 2019

We were in Miami for a few days for a wedding in November and decided to complete our visit to Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park. It was a quick trip but we managed to pack in pictures of Stiltsville (on the north end of Biscayne National Park), a semi-private boat tour with snorkelingContinue reading

The PA Grand Canyon for Columbus Day Weekend 2019

We headed down I-80 into Central Pennsylvania for a weekend of fall foliage, state parks and camping. If you are looking to leave cell phone coverage behind, the PA Grand Canyon is a trip we highly recommend! The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania is a 47 mile gorge carved by Pine Creek through the Allegheny Plateuu.Continue reading

Canon Birds in Focus at the Audubon Center in PA

Jayne booked us a morning bird walk at the Audubon Center in October 2019 because Canon was going to provide some of its premium Canon cameras and lenses to participants. It ended up being a pleasant but overcast October morning in the Philadelphia area. I ended up shooting with an EOS RP mirrorless camera andContinue reading

Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon (South Rim) in 24 Hours in September 2019

We had an extra day after a Las Vegas conference at the end of September to do some sightseeing and decided to make a quick road trip out of it to see the Grand Canyon. Since the Hoover Dam is on the way, and neither of us had ever been there, we also stopped thereContinue reading

Pacific Coast Highway from Monterey to San Francisco in June 2019

We took the Ford Mustang convertible (rental car) up the Pacific Coast Highway (California Highway 1) and explored Natural Bridges State Beach, Shark Fin Cove and Beauregard Vineyards on our way from Monterey to the San Francisco airport at the end of our San Francisco trip. Here are some of the photos – we willContinue reading

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