July 22, 2007:
Yesterday we spent most of the day in the internet cafe again to catch up with emails and other business, so nothing much to report on that. We stayed a second night at the Paradise Campground which is in a nice setting with full services so it was a convenient spot for us to stay!
July 23, 2007:
We rose and shone early after finally having a restful sleep at a peaceful campground. We were heading out to photograph the Atlantic Puffins on an Island near Bonavista.
We'd pre-arranged to head out in a boat with a local, for best views. It was marvelous to see the activities of these sea birds as they flew overhead with their catch of capelin held in their large bright orange beaks, or perching and watching out over the ocean - perhaps contemplating their next meal!
During our two hour stint of bird watching, a couple of playful humpback whales cruised by the coast. One particular whale was either frisky or itchy as he slapped his tail on the surface of the water constantly for around 20 minutes. It was a great show they put on as they cruised by, basically doing handstands the whole way!! We had Atlantic Puffins on one side and Humpback Whales on the other side!
Leaving the puffins, our impromptu guide took us on a quick tour around another island which was home to a large, no massive colony of Kittiwakes, a small species of gull which nest on sea cliffs. These were the black legged Kittiwakes which are common in the North Atlantic as well as the North Pacific.
After returning to the harbour we bid farewell to our trusty guide, and spent more time in the town of Bonavista itself. We visited and captured pictures of the historic buildings along the harbour front such as the Ryan Premises, and the Harbour Quarters of J.T. Sywers before heading a block back from the waterfront towards the St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church which was built in 1842.
We decided to spend the evening in the Dungeon Provincial Park for the night since we didn't need any specific services, so were able to enjoy the sunset along the rugged coastline which is open to the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
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