19th – 26th July Bergerac, France

A week’s holiday in Bergerac in the Dordogne Valley in France gave little opportunity for nature photos, especially as I was restricted to a “tourist” camera and lenses. However; I wasn’t going to waste any opportunities and captured the Black Redstart in the garden, Pied Wagtails on the river and a few butterflies,damselflies and dragonflies.

Also saw Hoopoes, a Golden Oriole and Crag Martins on the Dordogne.


2nd July 2016 – Slimbridge

WWT Slimbridge – Slimbridge Wetlands Centre

I used to be very bored when I went to Slimbridge as a kid. How views can change! I still have some reservation about the birds in captivity but do recognise how important all of this is.

Highlights were the Avocets, Ruff and Redshank in their own pen (safe from the Black-headed Gulls – I’m sure they have enough else to feed on), the otters and a glimpse of a Buzzard from the Kingfisher hide.