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

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???)


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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