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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Hoopoes

    We've heard Hoopoes singing here near Maurens all spring, as they do in most villages and hamlets in Dordogne, but they can be discrete and surprisingly difficult to see on the ground. If you do see one it is often when a bird flies up from the roadside where it had been feeding on the short grass of the verge. All you then see is a smallish pale bird with proportionally large flappy black and white wings and it's gone. The other day I was lucky when two birds flew into the garden onto the mature cedar. The first landed on a branch and then was swiftly followed by another which proceeded to feed the first. Pair-bond feeding or a late fledgling? Difficult to say but most probably the latter. I went to get my camera and managed this rather poor slightly out of focus image, but it does show the impressive bill length well. They feed like Starlings probing in the short grass and soil for invertebrates but can clearly probe deeper!


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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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