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Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Along the Parkway

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.







27 comments:

Helen said...

A bounty of wonderful birdlife for you to enjoy. The lighthouse is one of my favourite on the island.

The Padre said...

Another Wonderful Cycling Adventure - Proud Of You Two - Free Your Mind And Your Bike Will Follow

Cheers

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Beautiful views of the sea, the birds and the lighthouse.
Take care, enjoy your day!

DJan said...

What a wonderful array of birds, well captured with your lens. I enjoyed coming along with you on your ride and look forward to many more. :-)

Martha said...

Beautiful Marie! That Green-winged Teal is really pretty. Let the adventures continue! :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Nice shot of that Canada Goose in flight!

photowannabe said...

Such a variety of fowl to enjoy. I don't blame you for wanting to return many times.
Love the lighthouse with the puffy cloud beside it.
I always enjoy your blog posts.
Sue

Anita said...

So beautiful nature photoes!
ilove those sea birds-Most be wonderful to hear them sing!

Thanx for sharing beauty:))

Elephant's Child said...

You go on such wonderful outings. Thank you (so much) for taking us along.

bill burke said...

Beautiful shots of the birds. I love the bird in flight, you captured a great one.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Thanks for sharing your rides with me. Seeing all the birds would be a highlight for me.

Mage said...

Glorious Marie. So glad you know who they all are and can share them with us.

Red said...

You live on a very beautiful island.

Joanne Noragon said...

Nice pictures, as ever.

Anvilcloud said...

Enjoy all of your rides and visits.

Tanza Erlambang said...

little light house looks so cute...
love Green-winged Teal... beautiful.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful birds!

peppylady (Dora) said...

I see Canadain geese lives all over place. Not always Canada, I saw flock of them today in grain field.
Coffee is on and stay safe

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Well done, Marie. Any time you can combine cycling for your physical health, and birding for your mental and intellectual well being, you have had a great day.

Liz Hinds said...

Oh yes, I like the green-winged Teal. It's all so wonderfully empty and beautiful.

Lorrie said...

You've captured beautiful photos of the birds in the park. What an amazing place to cycle. Your post makes me want to go cycling if we ever return to PEI.

Rhodesia said...

Great set of photos and a lovely day out by the look of it.

Keep safe and well. Cheers Diane

Andrie K. said...

A fun adventure, where we rarely have anything like this. It would be wonderful to be in a place like this, I would love to feel it

Debbie said...

your capture of the green-winged teal duck is so much better than mine, but none the less exciting! this looks like an awesome day out!!

i always enjoy seeing the lighthouse!!

Susie of Arabia said...

Love the capture of the goose in flight - excellent. What a lovely outing - looks like beautiful weather.

baili said...

A VAST ,TRANQUIL and stunning place to visit and witness the water birds :)

water is mesmerizing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you captured the birds so nicely and i so enjoyed the closer look

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Beautiful photos, the green wing tipped is so delicate with the aqua feathers, gorgeous