Like last year, we went to Vendoire on the Charente-Dordogne border, but this time for two weeks. Being rural and sparsely populated, the area is great for all kinds of wildlife, especially for Lepidoptera and Odonata in August. As ever, I was restricted a bit by family commitments, laziness (the idea of beers by the pool holds a particular attraction for me), and not knowing what I was looking at.
I certainly found lots of interesting butterflies, moths, dragonflies, and other invertebrates, but struggled to identify many of them. I was on firmer ground with the birds, and I'll start with these, with mammals, herptiles, insects and other inverts to follow in separate blog posts...
Common Buzzard, Fontaine, Dordogne - August 2014
Stonechat (male top, female below) - Gurat, Charante, France - August 2014
Plenty of Stonechat around this year, far more than I saw last year.
Stonechat (male) - Plateau d'Argentine, Dordogne, France - August 2014
Whinchat (female) - Gurat, Charante, France - August 2014
Black Redstart (juveniles) - Plateau d'Argentine, Dordogne (top & middle), and Gurat, Charante (bottom), France - August 2014