This was our second visit to the area but arriving in late August we weren't expecting the cacophony of noise that we experienced last year in early June, with the colonies of nesting Black-headed Gulls, Whiskered and Black Terns now mostly departed. With such a big area to explore we decided to re-visit the specific locations we'd discovered last year, and in particular the Reserve Naturelle de Cherine.
We arrived at our second destination at Etang Du Gabriere and the walk down to the hide produced Stonechat, Wheatear, Corn Bunting, at least a dozen Yellow Wagtail and a single Black Kite overhead. Just prior to entering the hide there is an excellent area to view the hundreds of Common Green Frogs which sit quite happily in the mud. Last year the Gulls and Terns were in full voice, but today was a peaceful visit with most nesting birds recently departed. On show were all three Egrets, Great, Little and Cattle, which were in constant contact with the grazing cows. Swallow were in great numbers merrily skimming the water and we managed 2 Red-rumped amongst them, House Martins were less prolific but in decent numbers. Swift were not in great numbers but we did manage several.