The Atlantic Puffin is a most improbable bird. It has the build of a Penguin and bill of a Toucan.
It looks too dumpy to fly. Is it any wonder one would find any excuse to goto Nova Scotia to see this bird?
The colorful bill and heavy-inked eye gives this bird a somewhat clownish look. However, there is nothing funny about eking out a living in the Gulf of Maine. Seems like he must compete for habitat with not only sheep, but every well-to-do newcomer wanting to claim an island for a personal fiefdom.
But birding in Nova Scotia is hardly limited to one species. Before we get carried away with tales of Northern Gannets, Whimbrels, Willets (a dime a dozen) and a most exciting Hudsonian Godwit encounter let's enjoy the some typical coastal birds.
Not only were there Roseate Terns at The Brothers islands, Common and Arctic Terns also nest there.
Ted has dedicated himself to protecting the tern eggs and nestlings from ravenous crows, voles and a host of other predators, including mink. Scroll through those photos on Ted's tern report- he has amazing puffin shots there as well!
|The typical shore line of The Brothers.|
Ted's website to see these amazing creatures photographed by a man who knows them well. Be certain to scroll down through all of Ted's photos!
Thanks again for Ted D'Eon's gracious hospitality and to Ronnie D. and Luisa M. for introducing me to this fascinating man.