Shopping requirements lead to us leaving home at 8am but first we decided to check out the rice fields and wet meadows at Le Petite Tournebelle near Le Roc at Gruissan. This superb habitat has been a bit dry recently but it seems to take overflow water from the rice fields and today it was in great condition.
Wet meadows at Le Petit Tournebelle
Amongst the herd of Black Cattle were the usual flocks of Cattle and Little Egrets together with c40 Black-winged Stilts and at least the same number of Wood Sandpipers. There were also 2 Green Sandpipers, 5 Common Sandpipers and a single Snipe.
A little more obvious was 5 Purple Herons and 5 Glossy Ibis. Two of the latter carried white plastic rings which suggest they originate from the colony in Coto Donana, Spain.
Juvenile Purple Heron
Our splendid hour ended with a couple of Black Kites and a Marsh Harrier.