Breeding Bird Survey 2012 – Dubreuilville, Ontario route

Breeding Bird Survey 2012 – Dubreuilville, Ontario route

The Beaton Lake survey route of the day before had to be cut short due to adverse weather conditions which continued through to about 4PM. Although the weather did eventually clear a bit in the evening allowing us to visit a few of the tourist sites around Wawa, Ontario, we weren’t certain what the day would be like for our Dubreuilville survey route.  We were in luck.  A cold front had moved in and only a few clouds lingered in the sky as we packed our vehicle and headed for the starting point at the intersection of Hwy 17 and the hwy to Dubreuiville.

Because the number of mosquitoes and black flies was much reduced this year, I was  able to take a bit more time to photograph the early morning light during the early period of the survey.

Although the rising sun can provide some excellent photographic moments, the downside is that it is awfully tough to be driving along the highway, turn a corner or crest a hill and suddenly get its full force right in the eyes. Since it is so early, it is often tough to make the shift from full sunlight to early morning darkness in time to see the oncoming traffic. While I worry about driving and stopping at the right places, Gerhardt would be out on the road listening for the sounds of various species of birds.

We stop for another listen every .8 km and it is interesting to read our notes identifying the spots in a descriptive fashion.  “By the rock cut”. “After the big rock in the ditch”. “X marks the spot”. Etc. A lot of rock cuts and rocks in the ditches along this route :-).



About Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron
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