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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Wild Boar surprise

    On Sunday evening I met a friend for a walk on Faux Plateau at the silo near La Micalie. It was cooler by 9pm and there were plenty of interesting birds about including 'the usual' Black-winged Kites and Stone Curlews. After parting company my friend went on to Montaut (and back to his gite in Hautefage-la-Tour in Lot-et-Garonne) where he heard Scops Owls at both sites. My return home was also interesting. As I drove back at dusk across the plateau and approached La Micalie I noticed animals in the field to my left (I assumed were Roe Deer). I slowed down and stopped realising they were a group of five Wild Boar, apparently a female with quiet large youngsters. Instead of running off they actually approached the vehicle, or at least the female did with the young holding back somewhat (gambolling a bit like lambs!). As she approached to within 10-15 metres of the van I wondered if she might charge the vehicle, or maybe she was just inquisitive and wondered if the minibus was an exceptionally large variety of cattle (the local race Blonde d'Aquitaine is very pale). Anyway after a brief inspection she sauntered on and as I started up the vehicle the group immediately raced in a tight group across the road in front of me and away to the field on the right behind the security of a hedge. Photos below taken with my little compact Nikon. In fact the photos failed to produce any usable images but I accidently pressed the video recording button in the excitement and as a result I could created these rough stills.

    Further on near Faux I came across a Roebuck standing firm in the middle of the main road, as I breaked and came to a halt, it finally sauntered away. On route home to Bergerac I passed five Little Owls and two Tawny Owls.


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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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