Parc Angrignon, Montreal
Park Angrignon is an extensive urban park consisting of natural areas, a deciduous forest, in spring partially flooded, a large pond, two smaller ponds and an urban park area. What makes this park so attractive for Nature and Wildlife photographer is the convenient accessibility and the unique combination of urban park areas vs. relatively natural kept areas such as the forest along the larger pond.
How to Get Here
The park is located at the end station of green metro line, Angrignon. Leave the station on the opposite site of the bus terminals and cross the large parking lot to get to the entrance near the large pond. In winter you can cross the large pond to get to the forest.
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If you are out to take photos of birds, you will need definitively a long lens, 400mm, as birds of prey and waterfowl will be on distance. You are able to get down to water surface level at both ponds. The park also has spots for landscape photography along the large pond.
If you are looking for Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) search for photographers around. They are usually setting up tripods and cameras nearby. Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) are well camouflaged and difficult to spot when you don't know where exactly they are. There are different spots in the forest South of the large pond.
The upper end of the large pond provides to watch Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) hunting and being able to get close will give you the opportunity for great shots in flight. 400mm lens at least and fast focus are mandatory.
What to See Here
The park is extensive with different type of habitats and thanks to this characteristics, there are opportunities to see a variety of different species during the different seasons of the year.
Small pond left of metro station and bus terminal: The usual shorebirds and waterfowl species like Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis). Occasionally, Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus), Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Large pond: Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), rarely Great Egret (Ardea alba); Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta), rarely Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
Extended forest area adjacent to ponds. Popular place among birdwatchers to see Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) in winter. Both Coopers Hawk (Accipiter striatus) and Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) are nesting in this park.
Recent Photos of Species
Species and Seasonality
Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field. Only species shown which we have logged at least 5 times in the Montreal area.
Videos Recorded in Parc Angrignon, Montreal
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) Hunting
Recorded: 2022-04-30 - Published: 2022-05-05 - Duration: [01:01]
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) in Park Angrignon
Recorded: 2022-03-05 - Published: 2022-03-09 - Duration: [01:27]
Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio) - Well Camouflaged
Recorded: 2019-03-09 - Published: 2020-02-29 - Duration: [00:07]
Videos are hosted on Muuuh's YouTube Channel.
Photos Taken in Parc Angrignon, Montreal
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