Dordogne part 2

It's a bit disconcerting when you log in to blogger with everything in French. Fortunately the layout is the same so it's not too much of a problem. It's been hot here the last few days and most things have sought the shade apart from a pair of skitish Red-backed Shrikes just down the road that perch up on the wires but dive for cover at the approach of a car. Yesterday evening we had an evening meal at a Logis near Cadouin - food was excellent and the avian song accompaniment was wonderful. I think Black Redstart is the bird of the trip with so many of these charismatic characters everywhere we went but none within photography range.

Melodious Warbler

A trip down to the large dammed lake near Tourilac before we visited the market in Villereal resulted in more Melodious Warblers and Golden Orioles - I think I've seen more of the latter on this holiday than in the whole of my life. Nightingales were belting out their song and we finally managed to come across a pair of Hoopoes - the one at Les Frenes was calling but still hiding.
Kestrel and young - Chateau Biron
Screaming Swifts
Pyramidal Orchid - very common along the hedgerows

So it's back to England for the World Cup now in temperatures that I'm certainly more accustomed to and a fond adieu to our friends Carmel and Tony who've shown us great hospitality (and wonderful food).

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