Nature Notes

January 30, 2013

Birding La Camargue, Southern France

Filed under: Birds,France,Video — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am


My first bird video is above. I got a Canon HV20 for a family wedding, and of course I had to video some birds with it. I suspect Spielberg doesn’t feel threatened.

The delta of the Rhone River in southern France is known as La Camargue, bounded by the city of Arles in the North and the Mediterranean Sea in the south. See a map.  It is one of the top birding areas in Europe. It is made up of lakes, marsh lands and brine lagoons, and is a haven for a wide variety of birds, resident or migratory.

One of the best spots is the Pont de Gau Ornithological Park situated a few km. before the town of Stes Maries de la Mer. It has several kilometers of trails and boardwalks and a number if hides. In the lagoons, you will have close views of Greater Flamingo, Gray Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-legged, Black-headed and Mediterranean Gull, Common Pochard, Common Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard and Marbled Teal. Most of these species breed here, and we saw chicks of Black-winged Stilt and Pied Avocet. A nice surprise was a bird I had not seen before, the Eurasian Spoonbill. The introduced Sacred Ibis, as well as White Storks flew about.

Throughout the whole of La Camargue you may find interesting species like Yellowhammer, Eurasian Reed-Warbler, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Hoopoe and Black Kite.

While we visited in June, I’m sure any time of year would offer some excellent birding.

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