Dundee (Réserve Nationale de Faune du Lac Saint-François)

I decide to go to Dundee aka Réserve Nationale de Faune du Lac Saint-François. This is located in western Quebec on the south side of the St. Lawrence river where New York State, Ontario, and Quebec meet up. It was sunny and the temp was 13 degrees Celsius. A beautiful day for a walk.


Here is the view from the lookout tower.

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An Eastern Phoebe landed in front of me and then took off. All I got is the back.

_DSC8161 Eastern Phoebe

Birds are starting to arrive. American Restarts and Yellow warblers were everywhere. They were very friendly and I got nice shots.

_DSC8222 American Redstart

_DSC8253 Yellow Warbler

I found some White-tailed Deer near the path. They were a little skittish. As I walked along they would stop and look at me. Then take off as I got closer.

_DSC8225 White-tail Deer

I  found a pair of Gray Catbirds and some Swamp Sparrows near the marsh.

_DSC8269 Gray Catbird

_DSC8281 Swamp Sparrow

Tree Swallows were occupying the condos.

_DSC8320 Tree Swallow

I spoke the groundskeeper and he told me that the Osprey nest constructs collapsed and no money was allocated in this years budget. Hopefully, next year. He also mentioned that there was a third observation area a few kilometers down the road, close to the Ontario border.

This is the marsh at the end of the new boardwalk.

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As I was leaving to go to the secondary parking lot, I met a few people who were looking it. They followed me.

We were in for a treat. A few Great Egrets few by us.

_DSC8324 Great Egret

A pair of Sandhill Cranes were flying around.

_DSC8329 Sandhill cranes

Some Northern Shovelers

_DSC8339 Northern Shoveler

We spotted a Common Raven.

_DSC8343 Raven

A Pied-billed Grebe surfaced near me. I managed to get one good shot before it dove under again. I heard it calling in the reeds further ahead.

_DSC8430 Pied-billed Grebe

Red-winged Blackbirds were everywhere

_DSC8460 Red-winged Blackbird

We spotted four Turkey Vultures.

_DSC8441 Turkey Vulture

Black-capped Chickadees

_DSC8473 Black-capped Chickadee

We heard a Wilson’s Snipe and could not find it. Walking along, one lands in front of me. I got a handful of shots be for it went in to the brush.

_DSC8480 Wilson's Snipe

A little further, I heard it again. I found it in the reeds and managed to get a couple of shots. Here is one of its back.

_DSC8493 Wilson's Snipe

Here are some shots of the pair of Sandhill Cranes. The male is the lighter color and the female is the darker color one.

_DSC8387 Sandhill crane

_DSC8390 Sandhill crane

If you look closely in the lower left corner, you will see a wee little Sandhill Crane. I was chatting with another photographer there. He had been here everyday for a week wait for the egg to hatch. The egg hatched 2 days ago. He said he took about 3000 photos.

_DSC8415 Sandhill crane

_DSC8445 Sandhill crane

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Here is a shot of the 2 day old Sandhill Crane colt.

DSCN6717 Sandhill crane

Nearby, there was a Canada Goose family.

_DSC8471 Canada Goose

I walked to an observation deck on the other end of marsh. The trees in the distance is where the entrance is. You may not notice this, there are  Great Egrets, some Great Blue Herons and ducks scattered around the marsh. A beautiful scene.

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That all for today’s walk.

Est numquam etiam nuper committitur Birding.

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