I woke to the perfect day to go and see puffins, cormorants, kittiwakes, grey seals, great blue herons (and as it happened, a real live lobster fisherman or two). It was cool, calm, not sunny, just the kind of day that sea birds like. I just had to cross my fingers that the other 2 people who booked to go on the tour would show up. And that maybe another person would randomly decide the same thing at the beginning of the tourist season. There is a minimum 4 people required for the Bird Island Boat Tours trip but I had decided that I would pay for the extra ticket as long as those 2 other people turned up…and they did!
You can check them out on Trip Advisor or click on the photo or link above to go to their website. In my excitement about seeing the birds, I did not snap any photos of the lovely Captain Vince, his son Ian, or Sheila, but I did write a review on Trip Advisor to make up for it!
Bird Islands off Cape Breton
There are 2 islands, Hertford Island and Ciboux Island, located approximately at GPS coordinates 46.374353,-60.38528. The following are screenshots from Google Maps (the copyrighted owners). I also found a research paper from 2000 by the Important Bird Areas (IBA) and the Nova Scotia Bird Society that speaks about the importance of these islands.
The Beauty of Bird Islands
Get on with it! I want to see the puffins…
After about a 40 minute trip to the islands, we approached Hertford Island. I knew it was going to be a challenge to take photos. Between the fast movements of the birds, the rocking of the boat, the overcast day, and my limited zoom lens, I was hopeful that I would get some good shots. I am so thankful for digital because I took over 500 shots and some of them did turn out, although we were quite a distance from shore and when I zoomed into the pictures of the puffins they are a little out of focus…but whatever! I saw them clear as day.
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Great Blue Heron and Double-Crested Cormorant
Lobster Fishermen, For Real!
Even though I adopted a lobster, and I prefer clams, mussels, and scallops, lobster fishing is at the heart of Nova Scotia’s identity.
That is it for today. I left out some of the other amazing birds I saw, but will probably do another post. I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my trip!