Thursday, 14 July 2016

Back from the Camargue...

Hello

Having been absent for a short time for a foray to the Camargue in France looking at dragonflies and birds, I am now back! My apologies for the lack of blogs but thank-you to Neil H for his post in my absence.

It was very warm in the south of France and we were fortunate that the famous mistral wind provided relief from the hot temperatures. Hopefully some images to follow during the next few days...

Eleanor saw four Ravens at Staverton again today and ringing activity at Pitsford Reservoir included the capture of eleven juvenile Tree Sparrows plus a re-trap adult female, and single females of Lesser Whitethroat and Reed Warbler sporting brood patches which might indicate local breeding.

Fifteen more Common Tern chicks were ringed on the rafts today bringing the known total of hatched youngsters so far this year now totalling 67, seemingly a very productive season.

And it seems that Purple Emperor butterflies are on the wing at Fermyn Wood now, so no doubt they will attract the crowds for the remainder of the month and in to August.

Regards

Neil M


Cattle Egret

Greater Flamingo

Adult Black-crowned Night Heron.

All images taken in the Camargue, South France

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