Sunday, May 28, 2006

Bird Sanctuary

This is the first stop on our short drive around the Brenne regional park. It's one of the many man-made (hundreds of years ago) lakes in the park that has an interpretive center and blinds for observation and photography. It's called l'Etang Cistude.

The walk out to the observation blind.

From the parking lot, you walk out through marshy areas on paths and boardwalks. In many cases, there are screens set up along the path to hide your approach from the birds, turtles and other wildlife. The screens often have holes cut in them so you can look through.

A veiw from the blind out onto the lake.

The blinds are buildings with benches and long horizontal windows for observation, and they can comfortably fit up to 20 or so people.

A pair of Pochards, female on the left, male on the right.

We saw many ducks and grebes and other birds that I can't identify (but our friend Cheryl can - she helped me label these photos).

A black-necked Grebe.

Kikavuki/Kikavukoi* - or, Who's Observing Whom?

* Apologies to Laurent Ruquier.

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