Wednesday and my last full day so I spent the day wandering around Paty de la Trinity, recording more of the same along with a few new dragonflies. At 4pm I decided to miss out on the endless bus/train journey to Nimes. I had to be at the airport at 7.30a.m. so I couldn't stay locally. I hit on the idea of walking back, overnight, to the airport. Setting off at dusk I immediately recorded a black tern and 2 collared pratincoles along with more kites, a calling scops owl and various warblers calling from the hedgerow as I passed. Stopping to chat with some local peach pickers working through the night I asked if the pathI was on would get me to the airport, some 11 km further along. Although they said no I thought I had plenty of time and wandered along until I ended up at the airport at 4 o'clock. I slept for a few hours, firstly settling under a tree, but the combination of a large grasshopper (photo) an even larger spider (photo) a snake, a lizard and endless mosquitoes helped me decide that the lawn outside the airport was best. I awoke at 6.00a.m. and had 2 hours to bird the local area. Orphean warbler was first heard and then seen along with pied flycatcher, whitethroat and chiffchaff. I then headed off for the return to Luton.
An excellent birding break.
|Melodious Warbler (note steep forehead and short primary projection)|
|1 day old black winged stilt found on road|
|black necked grebe|
|black winged stilt|
|parents of juvenile b.w.s. on road|
|glossy ibis with cattle egrets|
|grasshopper species where I planned to sleep|
|gull billed tern in poor light|
|1st year bee eater|
|juvenile night heron|
|Spider that was knocking around where I was planning on sleeping. Argiope lobata , a relative of the wasp spider found in the UK|