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Ettie’s Log #2 – Early July

Ettie the canal barge (previous post 1, 2) continues to sail through the canals of France. Here are the latest pictures Richard and Julia have taken and sent me.

A Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) on the bank of the River Garone, in the centre of the City of Toulouse. This is a bird of the wetlands so it is unusual to see it in a city centre.

Little Egret

Little Egret

Oleanders (Nerium oleander) are flowering everywhere at the moment. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

Oleanders

Oleanders

Walnuts are growing next to the canal. The nut that is eaten is growing under the green skin.

Walnuts at écluse d'Herminis

Walnuts at écluse d’Herminis

Grass snake (Natrix natrix) swimming across the canal. [Peter’s note – I once picked up a grass snake resting on some water weed and it emitted a really strong smell of garlic!]

Grass Snake seen below Trébes

Grass Snake seen below Trébes

An Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca). These birds live naturally in Africa but have been introduced into France.

Egyptian Goose  (Alopochen aegytiacus) below 7 écluses de Fonserannes

Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegytiacus) below 7 écluses de Fonserannes

A grasshopper hitches a ride on Julia’s hat.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Yellow legged gulls (Larus michahellis) on canal du Rhône à Sète, la Maguelonne. These birds are also seen in Southern Britain.

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus cachinnans) on canal du Rhône à Sète, la Maguelonne

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus cachinnans) on canal du Rhône à Sète, la Maguelonne

A Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) on étang de Pierre Blanche, la Maguelonne. These birds are found in the warmer regions of the world across the globe.

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) on étang de Pierre Blanche, la Maguelonne

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) on étang de Pierre Blanche, la Maguelonne

Another Little Egret this time on étang de Pierre Blanche, la Maguelonne.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) on étang de Pierre Blanche, la Maguelonne

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) on étang de Pierre Blanche, la Maguelonne

An Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) swooping through the étangs to Aigues-Mortes. These birds can be found around almost all the coasts of Britain and Ireland and inland in Northern England and Scotland in the breeding season.

Little Egret

Little Egret

European Bee Eater (Merops apiaster) near Aigues-Mortes. These birds breed in Europe in summer but migrate to topical climates in India, Sri lanka and Africa for the winter.

European Bee Eater

European Bee Eater



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