by Marie-France and Denis Rivard, Canadian Nature Photographers
This portal provides an overview of our work on nature and wildlife photography. The focus of our work is on wild animals and their environment, or simply on the beauty of nature in its various forms. We are avid bird and wildlife watchers and have travelled the world in search for new species. We like to share our travel experience and you will find here photos from various trips around the world, as well as the stories behind them. We used to do that with family and friends through videos and slide shows at gatherings but, in this era of communication, a presence on the web is a good addition. Enjoy this view on our portfolio websites and fine art products derived from our work.
In November 2019, we had a stop-over in Panama en route to Colombia for a short birdwatching tour. We flew from Montreal to Panama City and then went by car to Canopy Lodge located at El Valle de Antón in Coclé Province. We found that this is a good to way to break a trip to South America, as Panama City is a central hub for flights connecting incoming flights from North America to many South American cities. With close to 1000 species of birds, Panama has much to offer to the birdwatchers.
The spring migration in 2019 in Lake Erie was a bit unusual for us as the warblers and other migratory birds came in slowly. We started our journey on the USA side in late April at Maumee Bay and Magee Marsh and then headed north to Point Pelee National Park, Ontario (Canada) until mid-May. The species we used to see in numbers in previous years were sparse and trickling in slowly. However, our days were rewarded by a number of species new to us..
In April 2019, we visited four ecolodges in Ecuador for birdwatching. There are many species endemic to the Andean-Choco region in Ecuador and our guide spent a lot of effort trying to find them.
A selection of photos from our trip to Manitoba, Canada, in the summer of 2018 for bird and nature watching. During this trip, we visited Oak Hammock Marsh, a wildlife center north of Winnipeg and FortWhyte Alive in Winnipeg with its population of black-tailed prairie dogs. We also visited Portage La Prairie for birdwatching before taking the plane to Churchill on the shore of Hudson Bay.