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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Autumn in Mauzac

    The Great White Egrets returned to the river this autumn as usual but in recent days with the river running high they have been pushed onto lakes, ponds and fields to search for food. The fast water doesn't seem to bother the small number of Common Sandpiper which are still with us, as I guess they are used to it on their breeding grounds on the upland streams. I tried to photograph one by the canal lock at Mauzac last Friday but I don't have a long zoom and as I got closer it kept running off - so this was the best I could manage.

    Mute Swans have moved upstream of the dam en mass to the quieter water as the islands and shallows around Lalinde are rapidly disappearing with the high water. Before the waters had risen much we had good views of a Water Pipit on a log downstream towards Lalinde. They are an alpine nesting species which winter here. Now the river is high, they are to be found at ponds and muddy fields amongst cattle along with White and Grey Wagtails and sometimes flocks of Cattle Egrets.


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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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