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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Egrets nesting at Mauzac!

    Well - it's finally happened. Egrets are nesting at Mauzac. Dordogne seemed to have been by-passed by egrets as various species have colonised UK. But after years of just a Grey Heron colony on the wooded island below the dam, there are currently Cattle Egrets with 6 occupied nests (and two unoccupied) plus a pair of Little Egrets with near-fledged young. There must be twenty or thirty Little Egrets about, many with breeding plumes. maybe next year the colony will increase. There is also a Great White Egret present in breeding plumage. Other herons and egrets maybe attracted to the colony site in future such as Night Heron and even perhaps Squacco Heron. Shown below is a Little Egret below the dam waterfall.


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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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