Newman Sound

Newman Sound is another deeply penetrating inlet of the Atlantic, and on its shores are the main visitor center for Terra Nova National Park. We hiked around a bit, and took a boat trip to see Bald Eagles, certainly one of the highlights of the trip, especially for the kids.

A lonely picnic table, seemingly at the end of civilization.
Canadian or Dwarf Dogwood. Usually they have a bunch of red berries; this one has just one. (In fact, they're also known as "Bunchberry".
Clintonia borealis, called "Poisonberry" in Newfoundland, often more descriptively called the "Blue Bead Lily".
A wide view over the shore and sound. Amazingly quiet...
Benjamin and Isabel on the rocks, looking askance at the jellyfish in the water.
The shore was full of these Moon Jellyfish, which apparently give little to no sting to people.
On a boat trip, Benjamin and Chantal looking with great interest at the jellyfish.
And Benjamin reaching out to touch it.

The main object of the boat trip was to see Bald Eagles, and with fifteen nesting pairs around Newman Sound, we were quite optimistic. Here's the first fish strike we observed. (The fish were actually frozen herring tossed in by the boat captain.) It's hard to imagine a more majestic-looking bird...

(These pictures were taken with a 70-200/2.8L lens at 200mm, between 1/500th and 1/1000th sec., f/4.5 to f/6.7, at ISO 200. They've been cropped in a bit.) Clicking on any of the small pictures will take you to a linked ring of larger pictures.

Benjamin examining something with binoculars.
An eagle on its high and far perch.

A second fish strike. This eagle seemed to brake or stall quite a bit to bring its altitude and speed down.

(For this set, I dialled the ISO up to 400, which permitted a bit faster shutter speeds, from 1/1000th up to 1/3000th sec.) Clicking on any of the small pictures will take you to a linked ring of larger pictures.

Isabel and Chantal.
Benjamin and the binoculars again, sitting with Chantal, Isabel looking on.
An eagle on its rocky perch.
A group of kayaks on the sound.
Common terns
A mushroom in the afternoon light.

These pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 10D digital camera. Images were cropped, balanced, etc. with Adobe Photoshop Elements.