On a recent kayak paddle along the Bras d’Or Lakes, we passed the red cliffs of Red Head (below the Bell estate) and headed towards Big Harbour. On the way, we lifted our kayaks into a barachois to explore. Came across a bald eagle nest, and one of the parents flew off as we skirted the shores. The concentration of bald eagles breeding in Cape Breton is now the largest in eastern North America. In the first 2/3 of the 20th century, bald eagle populations were nearly wiped out by hunting and DDT use in forestry and agriculture.
In the same barachois, we came across this mountain of eroded sediments where a landowner had engaged in perhaps the most destructive road-building I have ever seen in Cape Breton.