La Brenne is said to be one of France’s best kept secrets, this is probably due to the size of the area and its ability to remain hidden from the casual tourist. There are many private and restricted sections within the park but a good map and guide will open up a wealth of opportunities. It is an area of rich flora and fauna delicately preserved by its ‘National Park’ status. For Dee and I a visit here is always a 'must do' no matter what the weather!
At Etang des Essarts our timing was once again impeccable as a Great Egret was out in the open and towards the back of the lake a Feruginous Duck was seen amongst the Tufted population. Our final bird count of the day also included Pochard, Eurasian Teal, Wigeon, Spotted flycatcher and Woodlark. With the sun now coming through a number of Butterflies were on the wing and these included Wall, Silver-Washed Fritillary, Short-Tailed Blue and Grizzled Skipper. Our final bird of the day was a Spotted Crake, sadly only heard but brought to an end another excellent few days in France. More images of our visit can be found on my Flickr site.