Birds…..

As many of you may know I have been trying out my Christmas present – new posh camera – this year

I have been trying to photograph some of the wildlife we see along the way.
I managed to catch the heron catching a fish while we were waiting to get onto the Canal du Centre at Fragnes.
I have been trying to identify and photograph the raptors we see soaring above us. I spent ages out on deck this morning watching quite a display by black kites and then also a buzzard. I actually got to see them long enough and clearly enough to identify them at last.

There are, of course, all kinds of water birds

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And then over the last few days we have seen storks – from a distance across the canal admittedly – and then a stork’s nest on a pylon and finally a stork in the field completely unconcerned by and to the cattle and horses!

One day we spotted an unknown bird on the bank – walking along just like chicken – beside us. No idea what it was until we saw another in a hedgerow sometime later and I managed to get a few blurry photos. But from these and my ‘i-spy’ RSPB bird book we were able to identify it as a Hoopoe! (Don’t know what it sounds like – a 66 maybe Mary???)

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Author: mistyjf

I have been boating in Europe since 2009 when I shipped Misty Morning to France. Time & life move on! Adrian, my new partner, & I bought Piedaleau in 2015 to continue and expand our European boating adventures.

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