|La Brenne (View from a Hide)|
A patchwork of fishponds, heath and red sandstone outcrops La Brenne is an area of rich flora and fauna delicately preserved by its ‘National Park’ status. Known locally as 'The Land of a thousand Lakes' this is a rich tapestry of habitats including marshes, deciduous woods, dry heathland and farmland.
|Berger's Clouded Yellow|
|Coypu, or in French 'Ragondin'|
Our next stop was the raised hide at Etang De La Gabriere which affords good views of the lake and surrounding reed bed. Before moving down to the hide Dee and I enjoyed a small picnic lunch under a large Oak, the temperature a now commendably 26C. The short walk to the hide produced a few more Butterflies which included Speckled Wood (3), Silver-washed Fritillary (1) and Wood White (2).
At Etang des Essarts, where the main nature centre is located the walk down to our third hide of the day produced a few more Butterfly additions with Wall (1) and Short-tailed Blue (1). Our first decent wader count of the day with Black-tailed Godwit (15), plus a few other additions with Kingfisher (1), Pochard (3), Little Grebe (2) and White Wagtail (1). The highlight was a Marsh Harrier perched on some dead wood overlooking the lake.
|Buzzard Record Shot!|