|Whinchat - the black spots on the picture are flies in a cobweb|
We made our way down to Gruissan finding s splendid Slender-billed Gull on the saltings and then moved on to Le Petit Tournabelle. Still amazing conditions for waders but none on the meadows. There were 60 White Storks loafing around in a field with the black cattle and 5 Curlews and a juvenile Purple Heron. Checking out the saline lagoons nearby we did find 19 Grey Plovers and a Greenshank.
|Young Osprey fishing on the salt marsh|
We ended up at Mandirac and I made my way into the reeds to check out the waders. I counted a hundred Snipe and 10 Little Ringed Plovers. There was also a Ruff, 3 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks and 4 Lapwings. Heading back we encountered 2 juvenile Ospreys hunting in the small salt marsh pools. Later a Whinchat perched up by the side of the road.