In reply to HAZY:
Amazing report TJ, Collared Pratincole are rare visitors around here, but I've never seen one, would love one! Also the Wood Sandpipers, what an odd name.
I think all the butterflies were Speckled Woods, but our Wall browns are around so you may have seen one elsewhere.
Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France
In reply to Noisette:
Thanks everyone for your kind comments. It was quite a good exercise to get it all down on paper (well electronic media) to remind myself of what we saw.
Noisette, I think you are right about the second butterfly also being a Speckled Wood. I think a Wall was seen but not photographed by me.
Now the next question is have I got the energy and stamina to go to Bulgaria on a dragonfly trip.
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In reply to TeeJay:
Brilliantly rounded off, some lovely shots, especially that Pratincole looked very interesting.
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In reply to Bobs_Still_Retired:
Some fantastic stuff - lovely birds (and butterflies) and the scenery doesn't look too bad either!
In reply to Nigel O:
Cheers guys, I appreciate your comments.
TeeJay said:Now the next question is have I got the energy and stamina to go to Bulgaria on a dragonfly trip.
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HAZY said:Tony, you only live once
LOL Hazel, I think I'm living on borrowed time already. The spirit is willing but the flesh is getting weak. A fellow forumite whom I won't name is going on it so I'm tempted One last overseas trip? I've got to decide soon.
lol Tony !! I know these decisions are often hard to make as even transiting through airports with all the luggage and extra security these days is a hassle and not to be entered into lightly ! having said that, you would only need the 100mm macro lens for the dragonflies so much less camera gear lol
Enjoyed the update TJ, a lot of birds I haven't heard of but great to learn. The Black winged Stilt is a lovely looking bird but as Hazy said it has a funny way of immersing it's head into the water when it feeds, the Sardinian Warbler is a smashing little bird and loved the Swallowtail butterfly. Thanks so much for posting and yes you must go to Bulgaria, a dragonfly visit sounds special.
Lot to learn
In reply to gaynorsl:
Thanks Gaynor, glad you enjoyed the report. I think sharing our experiences is rewarding for all concerned.
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