We've just got back from a wonderful week's holiday based at La Dune des Sables on the Vendee coast in France. I didn't have too much opportunity to explore the local wildlife but, every time I wandered around the local area, there was plenty to see.
There were plenty of birds over the marshes including large numbers of Avocets, together with quite a few pairs of Black-winged Stilts. And, although I only saw a few Hoverflies during our stay, there were a number of other fascinating dipteran species around...
Finally, a few video sequences:
I love the sound that this Bee-fly made as it flew from flower to flower.
And I spent quite a bit of time observing this Robberfly. At one point it can be seen with a fly that it has caught. Soon afterwards it 'freezes' as another fly trundles past, but decides that it isn't worth the trouble!
Finally, a scene of a different kind - the final 'ballet' from the incredible falconry display at Puy Du Fou. For years I have tried to explain to people about just how spell-binding this show is. After a gap of 11 years, we returned to Puy Du Fou for the 4th time last Thursday....and it was even better. I know they're not 'wild' birds, but just enjoy the spectacle!