I’ve been very slow to post many of the pictures from this June’s work at the Burntpoint Research Camp. Least tern work has been very busy this summer and weekends are mostly spent recovering from a hard week in the field.
This is a few of the pictures I shot of birds at Burntpoint Creek. The Burntpoint Creek Research Camp is located in Northern Ontario along the shore of Hudson Bay. It is sub-arctic tundra habitat which hosts many species of nesting birds. The most abundant of which is probably the Canada goose, and I’ll deal with them in a separate post. There are numerous other species of waterfowl and many nesting shorebirds. Ducks such as Pintail, green-winged teal, northern shovler, mallards, and long-tailed ducks are plentiful. Shorebirds such as least sandpipers, dunlin, whimbrel, Hudsonian godwit and semipalmated plovers are easily seen. We even had a nesting American golden plover.
This trip was mainly focused on research, and not photography. To that end, the pictures aren’t everything I had hoped. In spite of the remote location (the closest people are ~70 miles away), birds were generally wary. While many would sit on the nest pretty well, those that were not on nest wouldn’t let you get anywhere near. One of the most frustrating of these was the Hudsonian godwit. There were plentiful across the landscape but just never allowed me to get anywhere close. The Smith’s longspurs were also common, but completely uncooperative. Oh well.