tropical kingfisher?

Every morning in Puerto Vallarta while enjoying a cup of coffee, I’d have my camera ready to take pictures of activity in Banderas Bay – sometimes it was a cruise ship coming into port or fishing boats, but a lot of times I was trying to capture all the different birds that landed in view of the balcony.

I think this is a tropical kingfisher, but please correct me if I’m wrong.

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Finlayson Island

October’s weather has been nothing short of spectacular throughout Saskatchewan. The petunias are still blooming on my balcony and my cherry tomato plant is still producing – and the number of days I’ve had to wear socks this month is in the single digits!

I was in Battleford on the weekend and went to Finlayson Island for a walk with my Mom and Dad and Max the poodle on Saturday morning.  I enjoyed the walk, but the pics I took were nothing special so I decided to have a bit of fun adding different filters and effects to try to make them more interesting.

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Bears

I’ve shared these pics before, but I watched a great DisneyNature documentary the other night called Bears which made me go back and look at pictures I took in the Great Bear Rainforest last year. If you like nature documentaries and/or bears you will enjoy this film. The filmmakers captured amazing footage of a mother and her two cubs (and other bears as well), and the scenery in Alaska is spectacular.

To watch bears in their own surroundings is a special experience.  They were aware of our presence in the zodiac, but seemed relaxed and calm, and not threatened.

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