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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Great Bustard at Faux

    I'd always hoped to see a Little Bustard on Faux Plateau, as thirty years ago they used to nest there. So far this hasn't happened. However a few weeks back I got a phone call from a birdwatching friend, Michel Hoare, to say that a Great Bustard was present at Faux near the silo. I was in the middle of leading a wildlife holiday at the time. In fact due to bad weather we were at Les Eyzies making a visit to one of the prehistoric caves. After a quick consultation over lunch with the guests we made the only sensible choice - go to Faux! Fortunately after lunch the bad weather abated and conditions were perfect for birdwatching. We arrived at the silo and set up the telescope scanning the area for a long grey neck and head sticking out of the crops. Initially we had no luck. Then suddenly the bird flew in to view about 500 metres away coming towards us before dropping down into the crops and disappearing. Still it was a brief but great sighting. Unfortunately the bird didn't re-appear for us and several days later was seen for the last time. It was a juvenile male, possibly a Spanish or British bird. It was first found by my friend Claude Soubiran who just happened by good fortune to be visiting the site with Jean-Philippe Siblet (the head of the nature conservation department at the Natural History Museum in Paris)! It was Mr. Siblet who kindly provided the photos below.


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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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