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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • a friendly young Black-winged Kite

    UPDATE Monday 27 March: Yesterday we watched an adult Black-winged Kite, apparently on territory, on the agricultural plateau just north of Lalinde next to the D8 Périgueux road - the 'back road' to our old house at Saint Meyme de Rozens - a great surprise!

    This morning I was driving back home from a quick walk around one of my favourite spots on Faux Plateau at St Aubin de Lanquais (Black-winged Kite nest-building, 6 Stone Curlew, Hen Harrier etc.) and traversing the village when out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a rather pale 'Collared Dove' on a wire by the road. I thought 'hang on isn't that a Black-winged Kite?' So I stopped and looked back through my binoculars and saw that is was! A great photo opportunity, so I turned around and drove slowly back to the spot hoping that my car and the others occasionally passing wouldn't frighten the bird away. I got some initial photos but they weren't any good due to the angle and light. As I started the engine to move nearer the bird flew up, did a short circle and landed on the same wire a little further away. This time I stopped adjacent to the bird and it happily stayed put allowing me to snap away with my little Canon compact 40x optical zoom set on maximum. One shot of many was easily the best and a cropped version is shown below. It made me realise that with a tripod, unipod or such like you can get good results with birds using these little cameras. It was only when I got home to look at the photos that I realised the bird was a juvenile with pale fringing to the grey feathers.


Photo crop (passport)

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Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary

In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the département of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring départements 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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