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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • A tiger in Spain

    Whilst on holiday in Spain I somehow managed to get the whole family, including my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, to come for a morning birding on the Ebro Delta. I'm pleased to report that they were suitably impressed with a great array of wetland birds including Flamingo, Purple Gallinule, Glossy Ibis and Black-tailed Godwit at the Migjorn tower hide (on the stream by the south bank of the estuary where it runs into the Mediterranean Sea). The excellent new MonNatura information centre at Tancada was also popular with the family. It showcases the Ebro Delta very well explaining the wildlife, historical and cutural interest of the area, all based in a restored salt-pan complex with beautiful old buildings. We saw more good birds here including Caspian Terns and apart from other things it's possible to see the small and pretty, endemic toothcarp fish whilst punting along the short canal!

    However for me all this was completely eclipsed by a butterfly Audrey and Joseph found for me by the Migjorn hide - the Plain Tiger. It's like an African version of the famous Monarch (and another milkweed species). This was a first for me and stunning to see such a tropical-looking butterfly in Europe. Subsequently we found several more on flowers further back amongst the reeds. The best things are always the surprise ones!


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Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary

In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the d├ępartement of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring d├ępartements such as Lot et Garonne, Gironde, the Lot and places further afield. Check out the Faune-Aquitaine website for the latest wildlife sightings in Dordogne and Aquitaine.

Where possible I will add photographs to illustrate the entry. Many thanks to Margaret Mills (family photo) and Denis Cauchoix (birdwatcher photo).

I hope that you enjoy my diary and look forward to your comments.

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