Saturday, July 21, 2007

July 20 - St John's

Today we hustled through rain and fog from Gander to Bay Bulls for another boat excursion. We wanted to see the Puffins. We got more than we bargained for. We saw Puffins, but also Murres, Razorbills, Greater Black Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls and Kittiwakes. And then we saw whales! Lots of 'em. The Puffins were great fun to watch. The sea was full of them. They would emerge from the deep with a mouth full of Caplin and struggle into a frenzied flight back to the burrow to feed the chick. The sky, the sea and Gull Island, were crowded with them. Them and Murres especially!.
Also we met a remarkably for real Newfie! Our Captain, Loyola, was Newfoundlander through and through. Joking and singing with an accent so thick we had to strain to understand him. His accent was part Irish, part Bostonian with a heavy pirate slant. We loved listening to him.
The day was spent either traveling or on the excursion. We did turn in quickly enough to get some rest and some laundry done.


Alyson said...

Wow! What amazing pictures!! Seriously, I didn't think my jealously level could get any higher, but it has. Well, maybe I can make you a bit jealous...I've got my copy of Harry Potter and so far it is excellent!! Na-na na-na na-na (said sing song with thumbs in ears and hand waving) :)

Framed said...

Great shots. Those puffins are so cute. What kind of bird is the one in that last photo? Alyson, I hope you got a shot of that dance you were doing.

ReveryWings said...

zghhu framed? I was looking forward to seeing St. Johns in this post but happy to see great shots of the whales and see birds. Song going over and over in my mind... something about a magic dragon.

Booklogged said...

Aly, you can have Harry Potter. I'll take Newfoundland any day.

Framed, Candleman says that's a lovebird. I think he's trying to butter me up! Can you believe that upside down smile? UGH!

Reverywings, I kept waiting for someting in St. John's to bring back a flood or recollection, but it didn't happen. I must of been too young when we left. Our old neighborhood has turned into apartments and malls.