Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary

February 8, 2010

Camargue

Filed under: February — Hennie van Heerden @ 2:34 pm

Leaving on Sunday, driving through Belgium, France, Italy, Austria and Germany (a total of 4500 km) and returning home the following Sunday, then you know that there won’t be much time for photography. But both in France as in Germany I still got the chance to go out with the camera.

In France we stayed in the neighbourhood of Marseille, which is in the South of France. A very populated area but also close to the beautiful Camarque, a National Reserve known for its waterfowl and wild horses. As Hans had to work I drove the 70km to get there. Of course this winter season is not ideal as a lot of birds have migrated away for the winter but still there was plenty to see. I even encounterd the famous Camarque horses! There were a lot of great white Egrets but the birds seemed skittish and hard to approach. The little Blackcaps that were feasting on the ivy berries in the garden of what seemed an abandoned house were easier to capture! I also got a really nice view of the famous flamingos the Camarque is known for.

But still, I’ve had the best of times there. Although maybe hard to photograph, I saw a lot of wildlife. The highlight of the day, probably a strange thing to say, was finding a mother and child Nutria! They were swimming in the little stream alongside the road, when I saw them. I parked the car, got out and waited. After a few minutes mom decided that the grass was greener on the other side of the road and crossed it. The baby followed quickly. As I had never seen a Nutria this close and clear, it was a really exciting event!

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