BEE-EATER -- 2015

I visited Brenne again in 2015, this time i was able to find a flock of Bee Eater in a small village near Martizay. It has taken me five years to be able to track this fabulous bird and actually get some pictures.

It was taken about 1000 hours when there were lots of insects about and we watched them for a couple of hours taking off from this branch, catching all sorts of insects then returning to the same spot . I had changed my camera for this visit to the Canon 7dmark2 and was a little concerned that technically I would not have the settings correctly established. Also the sun was very high in the sky which is not a good time to take pictures.

However the results were not too bad and these are just a few that I took that day .




This was a first time sighting in La Brenne; a hot day, Joelle and I had just sat down at the waters edge for a picnic lunch when she spotted the Night Heron hidden in the reeds on the opposite bank to where we were sitting. We took some pictures which were not very good, but shortly after he decided to emerge from his hiding place, he obviously thought it was lunch time as well, and stayed on the opposite bank -in full view for at least 20 minutes.
as he flew away I managed to get a hasty flight shot!!
PURPLE HERON in flight

SWALLOW - not special but irresistable


Not special to La Brenne - these attractive little birds are found in Reed Beds everywhere, but are not always easy to photograph. Easy to hear in the reeds, but it's a waiting game waiting for them to appear.

It was difficult to get close this lovely little bird, he was in a field, clearly with a nest and feeding youngsters. We managed to take photographs using the car as a hide, but of course he was quite some distance away and, being a small bird, the quality is not as good as it could be. But it is a record of this attractive warbler with the great singing voice!! Canon 50d 400f5.6lens



After many years of trying - I finally managed to find this little bird, . Normally they are never stationary, a small dot aping a skylark high in the sky but going zit,zit,zit (hence its other common name - zitting cisticola) I was really thrilled to finally nail it to a bush!!!


I am always delighted to see a Cirl Bunting - they are pretty plentiful in Brittany. This one landed on a bush close to where we were sitting, and was totally untroubled by our presence or our cameras!