We decided to go to Bessan and explore the rough grassland and low input agriculture for Little Bustards. Immediately on arrival a flock of 50 were seen high up and moving away from our area. They eventually dropped down and despite a fairly thorough search we did not see them again. We did find a pair of superb Hen Harriers, several Buzzards, 2 Woodlarks and 7 Skylarks.
Moving on we tried the harbour at Vendres where 18 Little Egrets had found a thawed out ditch and in the harbour itself there were two Black-necked Grebes.
We then tried the road by the sewerage works at Pissevache and discovered a new bird for me in France on the shallow saline lake. Amazingly two redhead Goosanders. On a lake further on there was a patch of unfrozen water and a good number of wildfowl. These included 125 Shelduck, 150 Shoveler, 200 Teal, 50 Wigeon and 30 Mallard. Additionally 90 Greater Flamingos looked very uncomfortable tip-toeing around the icy edges to feed. Meanwhile a Marsh Harrier flew by.
On the way home two Cattle Egrets were noted at Cabresac.