Clear night, clear blue sky in morning turning into a heatwave afternoon.
03.30 hours left home, picked up M.S. at 04.00 hours, Euro Tunnel to Calais arrived 08.30 hours French time.
65 miles south is the Bai de Somme nature reserve, Parc du Marquenterre arriving after a minor mishap(wrong direction on motorway) at 09.45 hours in time for opening time at 10.00 hours.
On the first scrape seeing
Crane, (is it pinioned ? )
Black-winged Stilt, 2 pair.
Little Ringed Plover, 4
Nightingale, many, heard not seen
Then after lunch, a pair of Black-winged Stilts came a bit closer
15.00 hours was very, very hot, whilst sitting in the shade a Little Egret flew in and posed in front of us
Later at about 18.00 hours the Black-winged Stilt came back relativly close and put up a good display.
The highlight of the day was the Black-winged Stilt, I was told this was a first time they had been at Marqenterre.
To finish the day I could not resist a photo of Pochard, I had resisted mallard and all other common species !
We missed the Euro Tunnel sheduled transfer but we got back to S. London by 22.30 hours.
What a good day out M.S.