Tuesday, October 08, 2013

N. L. Road Trip (14): N. L.'s Wildlife

One of the main reasons of traveling to Newfoundland and Labrador is to see the wildlife. As I stated earlier because of selecting a bad season we were not able to see much of the main animals that normally are expected to be seen in that province. The following is the list of what is considered to be attractive in NL:

1- Moose.
2- Caribou.
3- Different types of Whales.
4- Dolphins.
5- Puffin
6- Seal.
7- Different types of wading birds.
8- Other birds.

The list could go on but they are the major ones. Beside I don't know the name of many other different birds. We basically only saw a few types of birds including one from number 7 family, above. No sign of any other ones! However we managed to see a Black Bear and a Fox! It was unbelievable because everywhere we went people warned us of Moose on the road and the signs were everywhere but the only ones we saw where the killed ones! As I said before I was told in one of the tourist information centers that the hunting season had just been started a week before our arrival. 
I'm hoping that our luck is better the next time we are going and I will make sure that the next trip is made fully equipped: A good camera with a telephoto lens and a pair of binoculars.
(Photo: Signs similar to this and other shapes and forms were seen in different parts of the province but not even one was seen. Parts of Highway No. 1 or as it's know in NL, Route 1, is fenced, just like Banff National Park and area. Other parts of equipped with detection poles that when a Moose is crossing makes warning lights blinking/flashing. It is said that the fatal accidents with Moose is significant regardless of all the cares taken. This picture was taken in Gros Morne National Park while leaving Trout River area. This was one of the numerous places that we had been promised to see Moose!)

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