"The Colony..." Bonaventure Island Things to Do Tip by Greggor58
Bonaventure Island Things to Do: 1 reviews and 5 photos
OK...so maybe you're wondering why should I go out of my way to look at a "flock of birds"??
I guess the simple answer is DON'T go...unless you're interested in a really peaceful and moderate hike through some easy terrain to see something that's happened over the course of time for eons.
Its a natural event, the gathering, the nesting,the raising of they're young. Its kind of interesting to see they're social hierarchy at work and on a nice day, you just might be impressed by the size of the colony and the beauty that's there to see, if you look for it.
At the colony site there's two main viewing platforms that are very close to the edge of the flock, a wooden fence separates you from them.
There's a building that houses a food stand, and washrooms.Picnic tables are scattered about close to the building that's set away from the colony.
I don't think I'd enjoy it as much if I was visiting on a rainy day.
They're pretty graceful when they're flying..certainly they're clumsy and awkward and mischievous on the ground.
THEY STEAL from each other!! It's really quite a scene and its kind of fun to watch for a little while..You'll see many people using wild telephoto lenses capturing the birds in action.
Ive made visits here over the years a couple of times. In June of 2011 I discovered that the colony has more than doubled in population in the 20 years since I've last visited. That means that they smell twice as bad. :o(
Northern Gannets aren't the only sea bird that nests here, reportedly up to 300 species of birds can be seen here at one time or another,nesting, or just passing through.
If you're passing through the Gaspe region of Quebec...missing this phenomenon would really be a shame..
Check it out...its something that you'll remember for a long time.
Directions: Access by boat from the village of Perce on the southern shore of the Gaspe Peninsula in eastern Quebec.