We are all used to seeing spectacular pictures of whale watching on TV. But that does not compare to seeing and hearing a whale or a majestic bald eagle close up and personal.
In the immediate vicinity of the house, we have lynxes, coyotes, bald eagles, kingfisher, sea hawks, otters, seals, sea lions, and whales and dolphins (as close as 20 m from the dock).
A video of the house shows this impressive scene and explains why the location is called „Whalepoint.“ This is the entry point of the whales into our well-protected cove, which is moreover abundant with food, such as scallops, cockles, clams, mussels. You can dig for your dinner on the beach . . . .
You can also contact the locals, who often make there living from fishing, lobstering, and running whale and bird (puffins, cormorants) watching tours. They cater to tourist and offer, for example, equipment to hear the song of the whales.
The pictures of hummingbirds were taken on the porch. They are the smallest birds, weighing only approximately 5 grams. In late September, the hummingbirds meet up with the Canadian geese, who carry two or three of them to the Carribean on their backs. In early June, the following year, they make their way back. During flight, the hummingbirds fall into a semi-somnolent state and do not require any nourishment. The geese must not fly too high, though, otherwise the hummingbirds will freeze to death.
There is such a wide variety of butterflies in Nova Scotia, that I can only direct you to one excellent site as an example. We have our own photo collection, which is being updated at the moment.
There is an excellent guide to the birds of Nova Scotia, which is illustrated with drawings to point out the individual markings of the birds. All drawings are on the internet.
Photo: M. Müller
Straight across from the house, you can watch white tailed deer gather and sometimes swim across to the other shore.