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Loon, St. Ann's Harbour

Something told me that day to take my DSLR camera with my zoom lens and teleconverter (1.5x) ,which made my zoom go to 405 mm. Off I went for my walk. It was a grey, overcast day not to cold at least I thought, so I took my hiking gloves. About 30 minutes later I switch to winter gloves, there was definitely wind chill factor in the air (-14).

Loon drying its wings

I heard a loon so I focused the camera to see if I could find it.  I did..It was out quite far in the harbour but my zoom brought it in. I stayed for 25-30 minutes watching it.  It was amazing experience…the loon caught a fish and ate it. Later it came in closer to shore…then it got up and dry its wings…. Then I saw a grey jay, squirrel and a seal on my walk.  An exceptional day for photography and nature. Now I want a bigger zoom.

Squirrel

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Wally Hayes, Jack Pine Trail, CBHNP

Wally Hayes, Jack Pine Trail, CBHNP

The 6th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival will be offering Outdoor Nature Photography workshops during the ten day hiking festival, Sept. 11-20, 2009.  Instructor & professional photographer, Wally Hayes,  is reknown for his incredible photos with NS Tourism, Culture, & Heritage now totalling over 600,000. Many can be seen on novascotia.com website as well in the Nova Scotia Doers and Dreamers Guide – Travel Guide. He is also well known for his incredible Audio Visual presentations (Wally Vision),  and now a very popular NS Blogger.

He will be offering two workshops – one each weekend during the hiking festival on Outdoor Nature Photography.  The first one is Friday, Sept. 11, 2009  at  1:30 pm.  and the second one – Friday at Sept. 18th, 2009 at 1:30 pm.  

Loon

Loon

The workshop will cover scenics, landscapes and nature subjects, including closeup or macro photography. Bring your camera as this is a hands on workshop on hiking trails. You must pre-register for this workshop. Limited to 25 participants.
You may get lucky and capture a photo of a loon on Freshwater Lake or Warren Lake in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park during the festival.

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There are days when your morning walks are full of surprises and this one was one of those days. I managed to see two rabbits, a loon and a fox. I am going to start taking my camera more often and just maybe get a few more great pics of wildlife.  I used an 18X optical zoom camera and crop the pictures to bring it in more.

 

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