Monday 20th to Saturday 25th February 2017
Winter in the Camargue, one of Europe’s great river deltas, is a superb time to visit, with birds here in their tens of thousands.
Masses of wildfowl, waders, birds of prey, and Greater Flamingos haunt the wetlands, while high alpine species are wintering in the drier country around, waiting for the warmer weather to arrive. These include Wallcreeper; often a difficult species to get to grips with in breeding habitat but easier to see at this time as they forage for insects on the low cliff-faces in and around the lovely town of Les Beaux and other nearby locations. Other mountain birds that descend here for the winter include Alpine Accentors, which hang around the village in small flocks.
Out on the steppe-like habitat of La Crau, Little Bustards also spend the winter – in the past we have seen more than 150 in one flock alone.
Resident birds elsewhere in the area range from the majestic Bonelli’s Eagle to the humble Rock Sparrow – the latter in the historic setting of the magnificent Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct.
Our five night break is based at a hotel near Arles on the edge of the former estuary of the Durance River where we also find a good range of birds.
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01-IMG 2382 View from les Baux Copyright Mike Read