Nesting Cormorants on Mitlenatch Island

Nesting Cormorants by Anne McKinnell

Looking at my marine chart for the area around Campbell River, BC, I noticed a small island that is marked as a provincial park: Mitlenatch Island Nature Provincial Park. So without any further information than what was on my chart, I headed over there in Snoopy, my little power boat, to see what makes it special. Wasn't I surprised to find a huge colony of nesting … [Read more...]

Seagulls and Salmon in Campbell River, BC

Seagulls and Salmon by Anne McKinnell

Some birds just get all the attention. Everyone loves the spoonbill with all their character, the colourful flamingos, the regal eagles, the elegant egrets and herons. Even the odd and somewhat ugly woodstork gets respect. But what about the lowly seagull? Are they so common as to be uninteresting? Not to me. Especially when it's time for a salmon feast! In Campbell … [Read more...]

Lilac Breasted Roller and Dragonfly

Lilac Breasted Roller by Anne McKinnell

Sitting on prominent perches, flitting across the road flashing it’s colours, and even tumbling across the sky, the Lilac Breasted Roller likes to be noticed. It really doesn’t need to try so hard with it’s stunning bright colours of turquoise, blue, pink, yellow, tan and green. While bumping down the road in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, I noticed a roller perched at … [Read more...]

White Pelicans at the Salton Sea, California

White Pelican Reflection by Anne McKinnell

The best thing about RVing is the changing scenery. Every time we move, I get a brand new back yard to look at, a new sunrise to enjoy, and a new place to relax for happy hour. Lately we've been hanging out at one of my favourite boondocking spots in California: the Salton Sea. This is the third year we've stopped here and this time we've explored more locations along the … [Read more...]

Bald Eagle Dance

Two bald eagles by Anne McKinnell

At our campsite in Campbell River, British Columbia, the bald eagles are constantly watching from above, flying by, and diving down for a fish. One bald eagle sits on the top of a dead tree for hours every day. A few days ago, he was joined by a friend... I made this photo while practicing with my new Canon 400mm f/5.6L lens. I love that lens! But the eagles were a … [Read more...]

Hummingbird Landing

Hummingbird Landing by Anne McKinnell

Why have I never had a hummingbird feeder before? I have no idea. Now that I see the photo opportunities I should have had one a long time ago! Please click the image to view a larger version. My husband bought me this feeder as a little present. He always gets me things that are so unexpected! There were lots of hummingbirds around our last RV site so he thought it … [Read more...]

Gila Woodpeckers and Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro Cactus Birds Nest by Anne McKinnell

I always see Gila Woodpeckers on the Saguaros everywhere we go in Arizona. I don't know how they manage to perch themselves against so many spiny needles! You even see them standing on the very top of the cactus as if they are smooth telephone poles. Believe me, they are anything but smooth! Please click the image to view a larger version. I came across this Saguaro in … [Read more...]

Salton Sea Egret at Twilight

Salton Sea Egret at twilight by Anne McKinnell

Internet Break! I'm going to be heading into a National Park for a few days and I wont have internet access. It's Organ Pipe National Monument actually. One of the things that is best about the national parks and national monuments is that the lack of cell towers forces you to step away from daily life and immerse yourself in nature. So not only no internet access, but no … [Read more...]