Watching Hummingbirds at the Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador

Booted Racket Tail Hummingbird (©photocoen)

Purple-Crowned Fairies, Green-Crowned Wood Nymphs and Violet-Tailed Sylphs were fluttering all around me. Had I just landed in an elf forest? It most certainly felt like it. Surrounded by a towering wilderness of forested mountains with grey clouds … [Read more...]

Birding the Quebec Maritimes’ Islands near Rivière-du-Loup

Lighthouse at Pot du Phare (Photo credit: Roberta Sotonoff ©2012)

The Quebec Maritimes are a haven for people like me who are into nature. This northern part of Quebec along the St. Lawrence River provides both a serene escape from the city and incredible scenery. Jagged rock formations erupt from the water. Birds … [Read more...]

Sailing to Les Ecrehous in the English Channel in the Early Morning

La Marmotiere

As the boat slowly sailed past the St Catherine’s breakwater, on the north-east corner of Jersey, a small flock of Brent geese, winter visitors from the Arctic, took off ahead of us. Clearing the breakwater, our skipper, Richard, revved the motor, … [Read more...]