Yesterday some of us went into the Camargue starting with the Bird Sanctuary. The Camargue is the Rhone delta and is a mixture of lagoons, islands, reed beds et cetera. Here live the black cattle and the white horses tended by gardians on horseback. The horses are a special breed. They are small and sure footed.
The area is also famous for the flamingos which live here in great numbers.
And they look very fetching when they step out.
There were also herons of different species, terns, egrets, cranes and storks. We were there for several hours. There were a lot of birders around loaded with camera gear. This included a man who had such a monster lens that he towed round a trolley of equipment! Then we were off to the seaside to take a boat trip up le petit Rhone which is one of the branches of the delta. One item was an exhibition by a guardian on shore for our delight.
Cattle and horses being driven by the guardian
Note the long tripod for encouraging the cattle.
And a view of another bit of the house.