Great Reed and Reed Warblers dominated the singing from the marsh but we also saw and heard Water Rail, Cettis Warbler, Fan-tailed Warbler, Blue-headed Wagtail, Reed Bunting and Bearded Tit. There were plenty of Purple Herons and to our delight a Squacco Heron got up and flew a short distance before dropping down again.
Arriving back at the car we stopped to enjoy a sandwich and the birding got even better. First a Gull-billed Tern flew up the canal really close and then a pair of Great Spotted Cuckoos settled in nearby bushes and finally a superb Hobby flew over our heads.
|Great Spotted Cuckoo|
We moved on to meet up with Stuart Gregory and went off to check a precious Bonelli's Eagle site. Before reaching the site we saw at least a couple of Woodchat Shrikes and a Tawny Pipit. Reaching our destination we were thrilled to find the female in attendance with two downy chicks. With only 30 pairs of this super raptor in France every successful nest is vital. I had to confess it felt like being a Grandfather again.