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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Duke of Burgundy

    Visited Saint Pompon last week with a regular 'butterflier' and had some time to try out a new camera. Another compact for me - this time a Canon Power-shot SX720HS. I've gradually 'downgraded' from SLR to Bridge to Compact. For what I photograph I just need a decent point-and-shoot and this has a good 40x zoom and 20 megapixels. By mid-morning it had warmed up and butterflies started to take to the wing. This Duke of Burgundy was in a favourite hollow which always draws many species from the surrounding habitat. It's warm, sheltered and nectar-rich hence the popularity. 31 species for the day at a few local sites around Saint Pompon was quite pleasing for mid-May. The underwing pattern is the most attractive feature of the Duke of Burgundy. I was pleased how the camera coped for a first try. Hopefully I'll get better!


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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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