The national park on Prince Edward Island has three sections. We visit the western portion of the park most often but enjoy the other areas too. We recently visited the central area which runs along the eastern Gulf Shore Parkway from Brackley to Dalvay. We cycled the distance, stopping regularly to take in the sights.
This area has abundant wildlife and a variety of birds are in and around the saltwater marshes, rivers and ponds just behind the dunes. Cycling along the parkway, one can see the birds and stop to observe them. We stopped a great deal.
The soft spring colours around them highlight the Greater Yellowlegs in the first photo and the Gadwalls, a female and a male, in the second photo, just left of centre.
While I was waiting for my husband at one point, two geese flew a few metres overhead. I was lucky enough to photograph one.
A Northern Shoveler stood out among the dried grasses
while a tiny Least Sandpiper was easy to miss.
This beautiful Green-winged Teal looks shy floating around in the pond.
We had lunch in a sheltered spot where a White-throated Sparrow dropped by.
Looking out to sea, one sees the lobster boats in the distance,
the sound of the motors carried on the breeze.
The lighthouse keeps a silent vigil as it has for decades.
This area of the national park will draw us back numerous times this year.