Saturday, 19 July 2014

Photos from 5 day Camargue trip

My aim for this trip was to gather a good selection of bird and wildlife photos to improve the ones already incorporated into the talk I give to RSPB members. These here are 2nds as I keep the major ones for the talk as some members look at this site beforehand and it would be rather tedious for them to sit through the talk having already seen the photos.

Day 1: Travel and local walk:

Arrived and was rapidly out, heading east along La Digue a la Mer footpath, which runs to the south of the Reserve and a path I would cycle in its entirety later in the trip.
hovering common tern

inquisitive little egret

same egret

distant hoopoe

looking north: greater flamingoes

yellow legged gull fly past

hovering and moulting sandwich tern

wood sandpiper

typical Camargue scene

one of many lagoon along La Digue path

Presumed black tailed skimmer dragonfly.
Day 2: Pont de Gau, Boat trip and general wander around:

Bus trip to Parc Ornitholique, boat trip up the Petit Rhone and then a good wander having picked up a push bike for a few days.
Another hoopoe

black winged stilts

black kite

cattle egret still showing breeding plumage

Skulking black crowned night heron

ringed white stork

Ring details sent to Parc Ornithologique and confirmed that it was ringed at the Parc in May of this year. Bred, had 3 young that have fledged.

very much the business end of a grey heron

suspected garden warbler, although beak doesn't look right in this shot.

whimbrel at La Capeliere


common tern

little tern
Mouth of the Petit Rhone

Large Camarguias bull
bulls feeding on the salicornes

Stes Maries de la Mer from the sea. Note church, used as a guide for ships to find the dock

La Guardian


La manade, driving the cattle and horses to pastures new
Day 3: 70km cycle ride over saltpans, along La digue, La Capeliere, Villeneuve and Albaron:


greater flamingo

slender billed gull

running kentish plover

garden warbler

spectacled warbler

black winged stilt

juvenile black winged stilt

coypu

great white egret at La Capeliere

very high short toed eagle

Route to the lighthouse and then on to La Capeliere

La Digue a la Mer cycle track

Phare de la Gacholle
Day 4: Petit Rhone, Paty de la Trinite, path to Mejanes:

to be id'd butterfly

zitting cisticola

gull billed tern

tourist trip on Petit Rhone

vagrant emperor

looking south along the path from Paty de la Trinite

Scarlet dragonfly

Immature male red veined dragonfly

yet to be id'd grasshoppery thing

adult male scarlet dragonfly

Day 5: airport and home


stonechat

zitting cisticola

one of 30+ corn buntings.

Species List:
Over the days I was here, I kept a list of the species seen, shown below. Whilst only a fifth of the birds recorded on The Camargue Reserve (total is around 350 species) it reflects the birds present in mid July. I was not expecting too many other species, so a pleasing list, with a couple of new ones for my Camargue list.

little grebe, cormorant, night heron, cattle egret, squacco heron, little egret, great white egret, grey heron, purple heron, white stork (10) glossy ibis, greater flamingo, mute swan, shelduck, mallard, gadwall, red crested pochard, short toed eagle, black kite, marsh harrier,(20 sp) common buzzard, kestrel, pheasant, water rail, moorhen, coot, oystercatcher, black winged stilt, kentish plover, lapwing (30 sp) wood sandpiper, common sandpiper, greenshank, whimbrel, black headed gull, slender billed gull, mediterranean gull, yellow legged gull, little tern, sandwich tern (40 sp) gull billed tern, common tern, wood pigeon, collared dove, turtle dove, common swift, pallid swift, hoopoe, kingfisher, bee eater,(50 sp) roller, skylark, crested lark, sand martin, swallow, house martin, nightingale, stonechat, garden warbler, sardinian warbler (60 sp) spectacled warbler, sedge warbler, zitting cisticola, cetti's warbler, reed warbler, marsh warbler, great reed warbler, melodious warbler, great tit, blue tit, (70 sp) magpie, carrion crow, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, serin, corn bunting.
In total, a pleasing 77 species.




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This is me

This is me
At the end of another Norfolk Coastal footpath walk. 47 miles, 3 days 99 species of bird

Caley Wood view

Caley Wood view
sunshine through the canopy 29.05.08

A walk along the Warta Valley, Poznan, Poland. Feb 2007

A walk along the Warta Valley, Poznan, Poland. Feb 2007
Best birds on this walk: black and middle spotted woodpecker and short toed treecreeper

About Me

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A primary school teacher for 30 years, I retired from teaching in July 2009 to set up my own science enhancement and communication company. The Primary Works offers science clubs, workshops and staged science shows nationwide. I have always been interested in bird watching since my early years. Apparently my first tick was after inquiring about a chaffinch and then receiving the Observer book of birds. By the age of 9 I had moved on to Tory Peterson's collins guide and was now involved on YOC birding holidays to Northumbria, Essex coast, Slimbridge and Yorkshire. My twitching rule is that I will willingly travel 1km for each gram the bird weighs. However, I have had many rarities just by being in the right place. I have travelled widely throughout Europe and also visited Australia and Sri Lanka. Further European destinations are planned and a bigger trip to The Crimea was planned for 2014 but now not possible. so 2014: Sri Lanka in January, Poland in April, Madeira in June and The Camargue in July. So far 2015 has been Sri Lanka in Jan, Poland in Feb, Sri Lanka in April and The Camargue coming up in 1st week of September.

Grey heron

Grey heron
Over the allotment 28.09.08

Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker
Ridge footpath 27.08.08

Juvenile green woodpecker (17.08.08)

Juvenile green woodpecker (17.08.08)
Note the stripes, denoting a bird fledged this year.

common blue

common blue
Ash Valley G.C. 15.08.08

Indian balsam (impatiens glandulifera)

Indian balsam (impatiens glandulifera)
River Ash

azure damselfly

azure damselfly
River Ash 28.07.08

marbled white

marbled white
Discovered at Westland Green 22.07.08

ruddy darter

ruddy darter
Bush Wood 21.07.08

honeysuckle 19.07.08

honeysuckle 19.07.08
growing in hedgerow in Chapel Lane

cinnabar moth caterpillar

cinnabar moth caterpillar
Photographed on ragwort 19.07.08

Bittersweet

Bittersweet
Study of petals 11.06.08

male yellowhammer

male yellowhammer
08.06.08

common blue butterfly

common blue butterfly
06.06.08

River Ash

River Ash
looking south from the bridge at Hadham Ford

Common poppy (papaver rhoeas)

Common poppy (papaver rhoeas)
in rape field 29.05.08

Caley Wood sunshine

Caley Wood sunshine
29.05.08

Millenium Wood fox

Millenium Wood fox
24.05.08

common comfrey (symphytum officinale)

common comfrey (symphytum officinale)
06.05.08 banks of the River Ash

Garlic Mustard or Jack by the Hedge,(Alliara petiolata)

Garlic Mustard or Jack by the Hedge,(Alliara petiolata)
flowers, leaves and fruit edible . Good in salad and pesto

April showers

April showers
Double rainbow 30.04.08

Caley Wood bluebells

Caley Wood bluebells
22.04.08

Yellow Archangel

Yellow Archangel
Chapel Lane (20.04.08)

sunlight 16.04.08

sunlight 16.04.08
looking south west from Bush Wood

snowy buds

snowy buds
06.04.08 in Bush Wood

Looking north west

Looking north west
05.04.08 evening shower approaching

Back Garden

Back Garden
Easter Sunday (23.03.08)

Brick Kiln Hill

Brick Kiln Hill
Looking east (23.03.08)

No play today

No play today
The 2nd hole at Ash Valley golf course

Teasel head

Teasel head
Bush Wood (21.03.08)

Reflections

Reflections
daffodils at Bush Wood pond (21.03.08)

Swollen River Ash

Swollen River Ash
The river at the bottom of Winding Hill 16.03.08

Daybreak over the chapel

Daybreak over the chapel
Thursday 13th March

Wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus)

Wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus)
growing in Bush Wood

January snowdrops

January snowdrops
Banks of River Ash, north of Much Hadham

Good Moon

Good Moon
From garden 24.01.08

Village Green

Village Green
Looking east towards Acremore Street

Looking south before Hadham Ford

Looking south before Hadham Ford
rare January blue sky

Useful sites

The following are some useful websites that may interest readers of this blog.
Firstly, Bishop's Stortford Natural History Society http://bsnhs.webplus.net/

Fellow birder, Gary Whelan's blog. Gives reports from our trips out together plus reports from his trips abroad. http://hairybirders.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.hertsbirdclub.org.uk/ The official herts bird club website. Frequently updated, listing bird sightings around the county. Offers links to many other websites. Both of these sites also offer links to yahoo discussion groups.
http://www.birdforum.net/ An international site. You can enter as a guest but become a member( free) to post comments, bird sightings and just about anything to do with wild birds. Good news updates, classified section for binoculars, cameras etc.
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com/ A new site set up where you can contact people worldwide who will help you find good birds in their country. UK section being set up presently.
http://www.britainsbirder.co.uk/
Fellow birders blog. Strtford resident, Graeme Smith regulary birds the area south of Stortford as well as around Spellbrook and the River Stort from Spellbrook to Twyford Locks. Some superb bird photography: Graeme uses a digital camera attached to his powerful telescope to get detailled images of the birds he sees. Well worth a browse.
Two local sites that may be of interest can be found at
http://www.thehadhams.com/ www.thepelhams.net/content/section/12/139/

South Easterly walk

South Easterly walk
black, normal, red extended walk

South Westerly route.

South Westerly route.
Black usual, red extended

North Easterly walk

North Easterly walk
black short, walk. Red, extended

North West Patch

North West Patch
black route regular. Red route the extended wander