A 3-day nature photo tour in Marais Poitevin and Ile de Ré, France, in search of birds. In the heart of winter, we will explore several birding hotspots looking first for the Short-eared owl. Many many other species will be expected too. Off season, the immersion in nature is even greater in this beautiful region.
Alternative Tour Name: Birds of Marais Poitevin & Ile De Ré
We will meet you in the morning in La Rochelle to start the adventure. We will seek the famous Short-eared Owl for the entire day, as it is our main objective of the tour. For this we will go to the best wintering areas of the species in France.
Visit the RNN of Saint-Denis-du-Payré with opportunities to take pictures from the hides. Since the creation of the reserve, 272 species of birds have been observed, the site is of great ornithological richness. As in all nature reserves, it is above all the habitat that is protected, with all its fauna and flora. We will then go to the Pointe de l'Aiguillon where we will do our picnic, then bird watching in the bay. Species such as the Brant and a large number of waders benefit from tides and mudflats for food. At the end of the day, second session in search of the Short-eared Owl.
For this third and last day, we will go to L'Ile-de-Ré, of great interest for wintering birds, including anatidae, ardeidae and waders. Picnic in the RNN of Lilleau des Niges, true crossroads of migration. More than 310 bird species have already been observed at Ré. From an ornithological point of view, quality, diversity and quantity are combined according to the seasons. Basically, nesting season provides quality, wintering quantity, and migrations diversity. For all these species, the nature reserve is an important area for the conservation of birds at the European Union level.
Wildlife Species expected to see:
Short-eared Owl, Brant, Eurasian Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwit, Pied Avocet, Eurasian Curlew, Western Marsh-harrier, and many more. We expect to see about 80 bird species.
What is included?
- Your donation to ASPAS.
- Double bedroom for 2 nights.
- Transportation during the tour.
- All meals during the tour.
- Photographic guiding and instruction.
- Image reviews, post-processing instruction.
What is not included?
- Transportation to and from La Rochelle. Nevertheless, it can be arranged depending on your base location with a supplement. If you need help, feel free to write me so we can try to make it happen