|Gruissan Salt Pans with pink bloom|
We were delighted to see many Greater Flamingos were present with quite a few young birds. Three Sandwich Terns flew over and a Black Tern hawked for insects. We were soon looking at small groups of shorebirds most of which were Sanderlings and Dunlin..
The best was still to come. Looking once more through the flocks I was so pleased to find a juvenile Red-necked Phalarope bobbing around like a cork on the water and spinning around like a top as it fed feverishly.
A great decision to visit the Salt Pans. We moved on to the wet meadows at Le Petit Tournabelle which were still good but I imagine levels will drop soon as the adjacent rice fields are harvested. We counted 10 Great White Egrets, the usual squadrons of Cattle and Little Egrets and a single Glossy Ibis. Scanning the fields we also noted 6 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Ruff and 2 Lapwings,
Arriving home just before sunset there was still time for excitement. Beryl called me just in time for me to see a Hobby chasing after a group of migrating Swallows which had been moving all day. A great finish to a good day.