Ile Bonaventure

Bonaventure island is 2.2 miles off the Eastern coast of the Gaspe Peninsula. It is home to 293 different species of birds, the most common being the Northern Gannet (pictured above). There are over a 121,000 birds here including the Black-legged Kittiwake, the Common Murre, Seagulls, Terns, Black Guillemots, auks, Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, Razorbills, Leach’s Storm-Petrels, Great Cormorants, Double-crested Cormorants, Atlantic Puffins, Boreal Chickadees and Blackpoll Warblers.

“Don’t be a fucking idiot…” was the last thing I heard Dad say before I climbed between these two wooden triforce structures to chase all these birds over the cliff. Was it a good idea in hindsight, No. This is the birds turf and If I had any idea that people wouldn’t think it was an amazing sight to have all these birds fly around at once, I wouldn’t have done it. I don’t like to make a scene. I don’t like to be jumped by 3 Park Rangers. I don’t like being treated like a witch in Salem, circa 1692.

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