Thursday, 25 August 2016

A few days in the Comarge (Southern France) August

In August much of the Comarge has dried out, the biting insects are a real menace so you need a good insect repellant.
Compared to Spain the price of just about every thing in very high,
Yet the comarge is well worth a visit. Santes Marie Del a Mer is a superd resort town with a good variety of restaurants and busy pedestrian only streets lined with all kinds of shops etc. there is also a market. The beaches and the sea offer a break from the heat and there is lots of handy parking.
Salin du Giraud is a much quieter town but it opens the way to some great birding.

 One of the many dragonflies

The  European Roller was abundant I saw at least 50.

Greater Flamingo

 Eurasian Hoopoe

Marsh Harrier

Night Heron

Sqacco Heron

White Stork

 The end of a few superb days.
I spent the last day in the Comarge with Elisa my daughter, Dil my son in law and Sam my grandson that was even better than the birding.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016


First full day in Spain and I get to see my second Wolf.
Plenty of Red Deer
European Roller was the star of the birds. Beeater, Great spotted Cuckoo, Black & Red Kite, Short-toed & Booted Eagle, Egypian Vulture Peregrine Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, White Stork.

Day 2 and I can add Little Bustard, Griffin, Black Vulture, Black Stork.Iberian Jay, Hoopoe. Crested Lark, Hawfinch. Citrel
 Not what you expecy to see at Monfrague

Red Deer

Smoke from a bush fire maskes the sun.

Friday, 15 July 2016

July UK

Back in the UK motor passed mother will soon be on my way.

Friday, 1 July 2016

June Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is an amazingly beautiful country, the people are hospitable and friendly, the scenery is stunning. The mountains are wonderful and the architecture is magnificent, Add to this the fact that everything is so cheap, I can't understand why it isn't a popular destination for British holiday makers,
On the way I saw three Roe Deer, Spotted Eagle, Middle-spotted Woodpecker so I'm looking forward to a good days birding tommorrow.

June Poland

No Bison, but a great country, friendly people tremendous wildlife, I couldn't get wifi anywhere I tried. The two reserves I went to had been closed some time, I need to do more research to have a chance of seeing wild bison. I did discover a new way of making butter.

Monday, 27 June 2016

June Lithuania

Had dinner tonight at a fantastic restaurant
Made leaving Lithuania harder.

The roads so far are much better than Latvia but it's so difficult to find wifi, But I found it at a lovelly, friendly, and very reasonable, hotel Grizulo Ratai a5 Marijampole-Kaunas. Had a frustrating day on roads as bad as any in Latvia.

Birds, Marsh Harrier, White Stork, Crane, Rosefinch, Yellowhammer.

June Latvia

Some of Latvia's roads are the worst I have encoutered in Europe, reel bone braking car wrecking roads, but a lovelly country with friendly, helpful people. The fishponds at Nagli offers some of the best birding in Europe with many outstanding birds.
Saw my first Racoon Dog sadly just as It ran into a car, it was still alive so I took it to a local animal shelter, but I fear the worst. They are common in the area.
Not my photo wish it was.
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Great Reed-warbler

Marsh Harrier the most numerous raptor in the Baltic States.

 Red-backed Shrike