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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Foxes and birds

    I've had an pearticular interest in Foxes and their relationship with birds ever since I was warden at Ravenglass back in the 1980s. There I think we convincingly showed that Foxes were at the heart of the collapse and extinction of the great Black-headed Gull colony and attendant terneries etc. There was some excellent work done by Niko Tinbergen and his Oxford Animal Behaviour Group (who camped annually at Ravenglas from the mid 50s to the mid 60s) showing the effectiveness of Fow predation on the ground nesting gulls and terns. I believe that a similar fate befell the Scolt Head gullery in Norfolk soon afterwards.

    On a recent Limosa birding holiday in November at Bordeaux we saw some fascinating duck anti-predator behaviour in a small lagoon as a Fox walked slowly around the edge of the water body partially concealed by vegetation. Once aware of this fact small groups of Teal and Shoveler nearby turned and swam towards the mammal but 'stayed at arms length' as if to show that they knew the Fox was there and were 'managing the situation'. In fact it was almost like they were threatening the Fox. Predators don't always get it their own way!

    Photo courteousy of Mike Bye, Limosa birding tour, Bruges Marsh, November 2018.


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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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