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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Black Kites

    Plenty of Black Kites in the valley now and they are busy nesting - as by July they will start drifting away southwards again. This one was on a tree by the River Dordogne at Trémolat on a foggy morning a few weeks back when birds were reluctant to fly until these first rays of sun. The 14x zoom on my little Nikon compact camera was only just enough to get a reasonable snap - and you can certainly see that it is not black in colour. It has various shades of brown from tawny on the head to nearly black on the flight feathers. In sunshine the upperside of the wing near the body appears golden - maybe it should be the 'Golden-shouldered Kite' ?


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Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary

In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the département of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring départements 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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