CAMARGUE ALBUM

 

 

 

2017

 

Members of the Stockport RSPB Group (and Paul) enjoying a day at Pont du Gard near the Camargue, on our May 2017 holiday.

The following photographs are courtesy of co-leader Mark Newsome.

 

 

This Spanish race Yellow Wagtail was photographed in the Camargue.

 

A great view of Rock Sparrow was had by all.

 

This adult Purple Heron flew over Mas d'Agon

 

We got great views of displaying Little Bustard in La Crau.

 

A male Kentish Plover in the southern part of the Camargue.

 

Greater Flamingos were not breeding this year, but were still present in very large numbers.

 

A superb Great Spotted Cuckoo was the highlight of the last day.

 

Glossy Ibis has increased tremendously in the area, and is now one of the most numerous wetland birds here.

 

A male Common Redstart at Pont du Gard....

 

....seen almost side by side with this Black Redstart

 

Bee-eaters are everyone's favourite, and we were not disappointed with the views.

 

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2016

In May 2016, we took a group from Cambridge to the Camargue. Below are a few of the photographs taken on the tour.

 

 

 

the Pont du Gard is home to lots of Alpine Swifts

 

 

 

carrying nest material

 

 

the famous flamingos

 

a hotel gecko

Rock Sparrow

Crag Martin

Black Redstart

Common Redstart (female above, male below)

 

Firecrest

Western Subalpine Warbler

Roller

Coypu

Spoonbill

 

Les Baux

 

 

 

Crag Martin in an old chapel

 

Bonelli's Eagle

 

 

Tawny Pipit

Little Bustards

Mont Ventoux

 

 

not a bird, a Woodcock orchid

Van Gogh painted a bridge at Arles, so we visited the real thing.

His painting is below

 

 

 

 

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2015

 

In May 2015 year we took nine people from the Sheffield RSPB Members Group on a holiday to the Camargue in France. This has been a popular trip almost since the very start of Bird Holidays, and we always have a very rewarding time. This year was no exception, with the iconic flamingos, white horses and fighting bulls providing a back drop to some great sightings. There was a big arrival of Red-footed Falcons this year, we saw Black Woodpecker and Citril Finch on Mt Ventoux, and even found a Black-winged Pratincole in a group of Collareds. Here are a few photographs and videos.

Tawny Pipit

 

Black Woodpecker on Mont Ventoux

 

Greater Flamingoes in the Camargue

 

 

This year there were many Red-footed Falcons in the Camargue and La Crau

 

 

 

This recently fledged Short-toed Treecreeper was seen in Les Alpilles.

 

Black Redstart nesting in the ruins at Les Baux.

 

Crag Martins nesting on the Pont du Gard.

 

The Pont du Gard is a superb setting for a day's birdwatching.

 

A Cream-spot Tiger-moth in the garden of our hotel.

 

We drive to over 6000 feet on Mt Ventoux.

 

Near the summit of Mt Ventoux is this memorial to British cyclist Tom Simpson. At the time of the 1967 Tour de France, he was the leader of the British team. In the 13th stage of that race, he collapsed and died during the ascent of the mountain.

 

This owlfly (lubelloides) was one of many interesting insects we saw.

 

Every trip needs its record shot, and this is ours. A Black-winged Pratincole that we found at Paty de la Trinite. Just the 31strecord for France, as far as we know.

 

 

 

We found nests of both Black Redstart (above) and Crag Martin (below), and the parents were happy to come and go as we watched!

 

 

 

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2013

Paul has just returned from this year's Camargue trip. We had strong wind, rain and snow (and that was just on the first day at Nice airport!) but when the weather settled down we saw just about every bird we hoped to. Highlights included Black Woodpecker, Bonelli's Eagle, Eagle Owl, Lammergeier, Red-footed Falcon, Rock Thrush, Little Bustard and all the usual wetland species in the Camargue. Photographs by Paul Willoughby.

 

The Camargue's famous white horses are one sight that really is guaranteed!

 

A Stone Curlew in La Crau.

 

Male Rock Bunting on Mt Ventoux.

 

This immature Hobby was oblivious to our presence!

 

Great Reed Warblers are always a favourite.

                                        

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Here are a few of photographs from our spring 2011 Camargue trip. The sun shone from start to finish and everyone had a lovely time.

 

 

 

Eagle Owl in Les Alpilles in broad daylight

 

Crossbill at Mt Ventoux

 

 

Citril Finch

 

Copper Demoiselle

 

Black-winged Stilt

 

 

Banded Demoiselle

 

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Here are shots from our previous trips.

Van Gogh's Bridge, Arles

 

Southern White Admiral

 

 

The Hotel des Granges

 

Flamingos in the Camargue

 

 

Male Bearded Tit

 

 

 

Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.

 

 

 

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