Saturday, 19 January 2008
Graham Catley, Kevin Durose and myself revisited the Camargue area for a few days. The weather was generally poor with plenty of rain and very little sun. Some quality birds were seen but it was very depressing to see the songbird shooting and much of this unique area disappearing under concrete. The same story right across the world. Click on photos for a bigger image.
This unique stony steppe habitat was once very extensive but is now being trashed at an alarming rate. Fruit Orchards, Agriculture, hideous Industrial Estates and Wind Turbines were all very obvious problems. We eventually found a group of Little Bustards and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (photo above), but the future for them in this region is extremely bleak.