John, Gingee (our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) and I have been fulltime RVers for over three years. Almost every RVer that I’ve met has a camera and loves to take pictures of wildlife. With a laptop from a comfortable chair in one part of North American one can look at wildlife photographed by an RVer the day before in a totally different part of North America.

The online, fulltime RVer community is thriving. Bloggers whose photos I enjoy are Roxanne and Annie at The Good Luck Duck. Those two are great and fun photographers and bloggers. John Souva at Connected to the Vine Photography is a meticulous photographer. I love looking at Al’s photos from Travels With The Bayfield Bunch. He is always surprising us with one of his bright, clear and colorful shots. A good list of active bloggers can be found at Hitch Itch.

Here are a few of my own favorite shots from John’s and my travels.

 

I photographed this doe and fawns at Englishman River Estuary and Wildlife Preserve in Parksville, Britist Columbia, Canada.

I photographed this doe and fawns at Englishman River Estuary and Wildlife Preserve in Parksville, Britist Columbia, Canada.

 

These two bald eagles were regular visitors to Surfside RV Resort on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

These two bald eagles were regular visitors to Surfside RV Resort on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

 

This is one of the regular visitors to Manzanita State Park in Prunedale, California.

This is one of the regular visitors to Manzanita County Park in Prunedale, California.

 

The U.S. Census Department recently released data about the number of U.S. residents that participated in wildlife-watching activities. The survey showed that 71.8 million people participated in at least one type of wildlife-watching activity, such as observing, feeding and photographing wildlife in 2011, up three percent from five years earlier. According to the survey, people spent $54.9 billion on their wildlife-watching trips, equipment and other items which is an average of $981 per spender. These Census Department findings come from the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.

Nothing compares to traveling around in an RV and staying in local, regional, state and national parks for great wildlife watching opportunities. Throughout our travels, we’ve encountered campers in rental RVs who are “trying out” the RV lifestyle during an annual vacation. They usually find the experience of traveling in an RV to be comfortable and easy and yes, they always have their cameras with them! If you want to try out RVing or if someone in your life wants to learn more about renting an RV for a vacation, a good resource is RVT.com RV Rental Resources.