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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Cattle Egrets

    There are plenty of Cattle Egrets about at present around Bergerac - and not always amongst cattle. Yesterday on route to Joseph's basketball match there were several in the vineyards at Gardonne. Around a hundred spend much of the winter between Castillon and Sainte Foy la Grande, sometimes accompanying cattle or horses. On a recent Limosa birding holiday I took the group to the marshes near the Pont d'Aquitaine at Bordeaux and there were plenty over there too. Yesterday I came home from town and a small regular flock were in the hay field opposite our lane entrance at Pombonne. This time I had the camera ready and got a few shots. They have a typical strutting gait with the head bobbing backwards and forewards. They are not so often seen by the waterside as the Great (White) and Little Egrets, partly because they are generally amongst vegetation, though it is not such an important habitat for them. Individual Great Egrets are often seen hunting in grassy fields but I never seen Little Egrets away from water unless they were flying.


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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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