Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Berg Spotting

We made it to the end of the line which is also known as Crow Head, the location of

       the Long Point Lighthouse and the literal end of the road (that we were on).

       The area offers some WIDE OPEN ocean viewing which is perfect for Berg Spotting.

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There are trails all around but one should take care as most of them lead to 'the edge'.

There were hundreds of bergs of all shapes and sizes out there on the horizon but this large one that found itself stuck in a cove was especially neat to see.

You could walk right to the edge of the cliff and peer down onto its massive structure.

Yes, the water really IS that color.  It is beautiful and crystal clear.  Did you know that 90% of an iceberg is located under the water's surface?

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The bergs we have been seeing have spent a year or more
traveling from Western Greenland to reach the coast of

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Drip. Drip. Drip.  During their travels they lose approximately 85% of their original mass.  Can you imagine how large this one was when it left Greenland?!

                           We hung out at the lookout the rest of the day.

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These rocks were alive with Herring Gulls and Gannets.  There were also groups of seals surfacing now and then.

This beautiful bird belonging to the Canadian Search and Rescue squad made two passes around the area.  We hope they were just 'practicing'.

Oh, but back to the smaller birds.  We forgot in our last post to mention a new-to-us bird that we saw while watching those first two icebergs.

This is a Black Guillemot.  Although we did not get a great shot, we did get to spend a good bit of time watching him fish and were excited to acquire our first Newfoundland Lifer.

We decided to spend the night in the overlook parking lot.  There's nothing quite like waking up to icebergs floating in your 'backyard'.

There is also nothing quite like the heart attack one gets when a foghorn unexpectedly sounds in the middle of the night!

On that note, we shall leave you with this tidbit of valuable wisdom...