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Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau

Camargue  >  France

Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau is located at the heart of Camargue’s Regional Natural Park.

Added by Antoinne Sterk

Description

The ornithological park is an ideal site to observe birds, which include hundreds of Greater Flamingo in their natural habitat. Admission fee is 7,50 €.

Permanent residents of the Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau include a number of species of heron, passerines and birds of prey. Large colonies of herons and egrets nest in the trees, whereas terns, gulls and Avocet take up residence on the lake islands. Several species of passerine can be found singing and nesting in the reed beds and in trees, bushes and hedges throughout the Park. Winter visitors in the Camargue include ducks, geese, Common Crane, birds of prey and a number of rarer species, such as the tiny Penduline Tit

Details

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Sea/ocean, Reedbeds

Conditions

Flat, No shadow

Access

Due to its location, traveling there by car is the best option. Park at the visitor centre. Admission fee is 7,50 €.

Circular trail

Yes

Route

Unpaved road

Difficulty

Easy walk

Telescope needed

Can be useful

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / observation platform

Yes

Extra Info

The Park’s reception office is open every day (except on December 25th). A refreshment stand / terrace is open from April to October. An average visit lasts about 1 hour or 1 hour 30 minutes. The 2.8 kilometers of trails in the southern part of the Park are entirely accessible to people with reduced mobility.

More information is available at http://www.parcornithologique.com.

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Summer, Winter, Autumn migration

Map

Top 5 birds

Greater Flamingo
1. Greater Flamingo
(Phoenicopterus roseus)
Common Crane
2. Common Crane
(Grus grus)
Penduline Tit
3. Penduline Tit
(Remiz pendulinus)
Avocet
4. Avocet
(Recurvirostra avosetta)
European Bee-eater
5. European Bee-eater
(Merops apiaster)

Other birds you can see here

Alpine Swift
Alpine Swift
(Apus melba)
Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
(Limosa lapponica)
Barn Owl
Barn Owl
(Tyto alba)
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
(Hirundo rustica)
Bearded Tit
Bearded Tit
(Panurus biarmicus)
Black Kite
Black Kite
(Milvus migrans)
Black Redstart
Black Redstart
(Phoenicurus ochruros)
Black Stork
Black Stork
(Ciconia nigra)
Black Tern
Black Tern
(Chlidonias niger)
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
(Nycticorax nycticorax)
Black-eared Wheatear
Black-eared Wheatear
(Oenanthe hispanica)
Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull
(Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
(Limosa limosa)
Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt
(Himantopus himantopus)
Blackbird
Blackbird
(Turdus merula)
Blackcap
Blackcap
(Sylvia atricapilla)
Blue Rock-Thrush
Blue Rock-Thrush
(Monticola solitarius)
Bonelli's Eagle
Bonelli's Eagle
(Aquila fasciata)
Booted Eagle
Booted Eagle
(Aquila pennatus)
Calandra Lark
Calandra Lark
(Melanocorypha calandra)
Carrion Crow
Carrion Crow
(Corvus corone)
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
(Hydroprogne caspia)
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
(Bubulcus ibis)
Cetti's Warbler
Cetti's Warbler
(Cettia cetti)
Chaffinch
Chaffinch
(Fringilla coelebs)
Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
(Emberiza cirlus)
Collared Flycatcher
Collared Flycatcher
(Ficedula albicollis)
Collared Pratincole
Collared Pratincole
(Glareola pratincola)
Common Buzzard
Common Buzzard
(Buteo buteo)
Common Chiffchaff
Common Chiffchaff
(Phylloscopus collybita)
Common Cuckoo
Common Cuckoo
(Cuculus canorus)
Common Greenshank
Common Greenshank
(Tringa nebularia)
Common Nightingale
Common Nightingale
(Luscinia megarhynchos)
Common Pheasant
Common Pheasant
(Phasianus colchicus)
Common Pochard
Common Pochard
(Aythya ferina)
Common Quail
Common Quail
(Coturnix coturnix)
Common Raven
Common Raven
(Corvus corax)
Common Redshank
Common Redshank
(Tringa totanus)
Common Redstart
Common Redstart
(Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Common Ringed Plover
Common Ringed Plover
(Charadrius hiaticula)
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
(Actitis hypoleucos)
Common Shelduck
Common Shelduck
(Tadorna tadorna)
Common Snipe
Common Snipe
(Gallinago gallinago)
Common Starling
Common Starling
(Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Swift
Common Swift
(Apus apus)
Common Tern
Common Tern
(Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon
Common Wood Pigeon
(Columba palumbus)
Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting
(Emberiza calandra)
Corn Crake
Corn Crake
(Crex crex)
Crested Lark
Crested Lark
(Galerida cristata)
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
(Calidris ferruginea)
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
(Sylvia undata)
Dunlin
Dunlin
(Calidris alpina)
Dunnock
Dunnock
(Prunella modularis)
Eared Grebe
Eared Grebe
(Podiceps nigricollis)
Eurasian Blue Tit
Eurasian Blue Tit
(Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Collared Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
(Streptopelia decaocto)
Eurasian Coot
Eurasian Coot
(Fulica atra)
Eurasian Curlew
Eurasian Curlew
(Numenius arquata)
Eurasian Green Woodpecker
Eurasian Green Woodpecker
(Picus viridis)
Eurasian Hobby
Eurasian Hobby
(Falco subbuteo)
Eurasian Jackdaw
Eurasian Jackdaw
(Corvus monedula)
Eurasian Jay
Eurasian Jay
(Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Kestrel
Eurasian Kestrel
(Falco tinnunculus)
Eurasian Magpie
Eurasian Magpie
(Pica pica)
Eurasian Moorhen
Eurasian Moorhen
(Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Nuthatch
Eurasian Nuthatch
(Sitta europaea)
Eurasian Oystercatcher
Eurasian Oystercatcher
(Haematopus ostralegus)
Eurasian Skylark
Eurasian Skylark
(Alauda arvensis)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
(Accipiter nisus)
Eurasian Spoonbill
Eurasian Spoonbill
(Platalea leucorodia)
Eurasian Thick-knee
Eurasian Thick-knee
(Burhinus oedicnemus)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
(Passer montanus)
Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
(Mareca penelope)
Eurasian Wren
Eurasian Wren
(Troglodytes troglodytes)
European Golden-Plover
European Golden-Plover
(Pluvialis apricaria)
European Goldfinch
European Goldfinch
(Carduelis carduelis)
European Greenfinch
European Greenfinch
(Chloris chloris)
European Honey-buzzard
European Honey-buzzard
(Pernis apivorus)
European Marsh Harrier
European Marsh Harrier
(Circus aeruginosus)
European Pied Flycatcher
European Pied Flycatcher
(Ficedula hypoleuca)
European Robin
European Robin
(Erithacus rubecula)
European Roller
European Roller
(Coracias garrulus)
European Serin
European Serin
(Serinus serinus)
European Shag
European Shag
(Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
European Stonechat
European Stonechat
(Saxicola rubicola)
European Turtle-Dove
European Turtle-Dove
(Streptopelia turtur)
Ferruginous Duck
Ferruginous Duck
(Aythya nyroca)
Fieldfare
Fieldfare
(Turdus pilaris)
Firecrest
Firecrest
(Regulus ignicapilla)
Gadwall
Gadwall
(Mareca strepera)
Garden Warbler
Garden Warbler
(Sylvia borin)
Garganey
Garganey
(Spatula querquedula)
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
(Plegadis falcinellus)
Goldcrest
Goldcrest
(Regulus regulus)
Golden Oriole
Golden Oriole
(Oriolus oriolus)
Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
(Locustella naevia)
Great Bittern
Great Bittern
(Botaurus stellaris)
Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant
(Phalacrocorax carbo)
Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
(Podiceps cristatus)
Great Egret
Great Egret
(Ardea alba)
Great Reed Warbler
Great Reed Warbler
(Acrocephalus arundinaceus)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
(Dendrocopos major)
Great Tit
Great Tit
(Parus major)
Great White Pelican
Great White Pelican
(Pelecanus onocrotalus)
Greater Short-toed Lark
Greater Short-toed Lark
(Calandrella brachydactyla)
Greater Spotted Eagle
Greater Spotted Eagle
(Clanga clanga)
Greater Whitethroat
Greater Whitethroat
(Sylvia communis)
Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
(Tringa ochropus)
Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
(Anas crecca)
Grey Heron
Grey Heron
(Ardea cinerea)
Grey Plover
Grey Plover
(Pluvialis squatarola)
Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
(Motacilla cinerea)
Griffon Vulture
Griffon Vulture
(Gyps fulvus)
Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern
(Gelochelidon nilotica)
Hen Harrier
Hen Harrier
(Circus cyaneus)
Hoopoe
Hoopoe
(Upupa epops)
House Martin
House Martin
(Delichon urbicum)
House Sparrow
House Sparrow
(Passer domesticus)
Iberian Grey Shrike
Iberian Grey Shrike
(Lanius meridionalis)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
(Larus fuscus)
Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel
(Falco naumanni)
Lesser Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat
(Sylvia curruca)
Linnet
Linnet
(Linaria cannabina)
Little Bittern
Little Bittern
(Ixobrychus minutus)
Little Bustard
Little Bustard
(Tetrax tetrax)
Little Egret
Little Egret
(Egretta garzetta)
Little Grebe
Little Grebe
(Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Little Gull
Little Gull
(Hydrocoloeus minutus)
Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
(Charadrius dubius)
Little Stint
Little Stint
(Calidris minuta)
Little Tern
Little Tern
(Sternula albifrons)
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
(Asio otus)
Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit
(Aegithalos caudatus)
Mallard
Mallard
(Anas platyrhynchos)
Marsh Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper
(Tringa stagnatilis)
Marsh Warbler
Marsh Warbler
(Acrocephalus palustris)
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit
(Anthus pratensis)
Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull
(Ichthyaetus melanocephalus)
Melodious Warbler
Melodious Warbler
(Hippolais polyglotta)
Montagu's Harrier
Montagu's Harrier
(Circus pygargus)
Mute Swan
Mute Swan
(Cygnus olor)
Northern Lapwing
Northern Lapwing
(Vanellus vanellus)
Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail
(Anas acuta)
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler
(Spatula clypeata)
Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear
(Oenanthe oenanthe)
Osprey
Osprey
(Pandion haliaetus)
Pallid Swift
Pallid Swift
(Apus pallidus)
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
(Falco peregrinus)
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
(Pterocles alchata)
Purple Heron
Purple Heron
(Ardea purpurea)
Red Kite
Red Kite
(Milvus milvus)
Red Knot
Red Knot
(Calidris canutus)
Red-backed Shrike
Red-backed Shrike
(Lanius collurio)
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
(Mergus serrator)
Red-crested Pochard
Red-crested Pochard
(Netta rufina)
Red-legged Partridge
Red-legged Partridge
(Alectoris rufa)
Red-rumped Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
(Cecropis daurica)
Redwing
Redwing
(Turdus iliacus)
Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
(Emberiza schoeniclus)
Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler
(Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Rook
Rook
(Corvus frugilegus)
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
(Arenaria interpres)
Ruff
Ruff
(Calidris pugnax)
Sacred Ibis
Sacred Ibis
(Threskiornis aethiopicus)
Sand Martin
Sand Martin
(Riparia riparia)
Sanderling
Sanderling
(Calidris alba)
Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern
(Thalasseus sandvicensis)
Sardinian Warbler
Sardinian Warbler
(Sylvia melanocephala)
Savi's Warbler
Savi's Warbler
(Locustella luscinioides)
Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler
(Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Short-toed Snake Eagle
Short-toed Snake Eagle
(Circaetus gallicus)
Short-toed Treecreeper
Short-toed Treecreeper
(Certhia brachydactyla)
Slender-billed Gull
Slender-billed Gull
(Chroicocephalus genei)
Song Thrush
Song Thrush
(Turdus philomelos)
Spectacled Warbler
Spectacled Warbler
(Sylvia conspicillata)
Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake
(Porzana porzana)
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
(Muscicapa striata)
Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
(Tringa erythropus)
Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron
(Ardeola ralloides)
Stock Dove
Stock Dove
(Columba oenas)
Subalpine Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
(Sylvia cantillans)
Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl
(Strix aluco)
Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit
(Anthus campestris)
Temminck's Stint
Temminck's Stint
(Calidris temminckii)
Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit
(Anthus trivialis)
Tufted Duck
Tufted Duck
(Aythya fuligula)
Water Pipit
Water Pipit
(Anthus spinoletta)
Water Rail
Water Rail
(Rallus aquaticus)
Western Bonelli's Warbler
Western Bonelli's Warbler
(Phylloscopus bonelli)
Western Orphean Warbler
Western Orphean Warbler
(Sylvia hortensis)
Western Orphean Warbler
Western Orphean Warbler
(Sylvia hortensis)
Western Yellow Wagtail
Western Yellow Wagtail
(Motacilla flava)
Whimbrel
Whimbrel
(Numenius phaeopus)
Whinchat
Whinchat
(Saxicola rubetra)
Whiskered Tern
Whiskered Tern
(Chlidonias hybrida)
White Stork
White Stork
(Ciconia ciconia)
White Wagtail
White Wagtail
(Motacilla alba)
White-winged Tern
White-winged Tern
(Chlidonias leucopterus)
Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan
(Cygnus cygnus)
Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler
(Phylloscopus trochilus)
Wood Lark
Wood Lark
(Lullula arborea)
Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
(Tringa glareola)
Wood Warbler
Wood Warbler
(Phylloscopus sibilatrix)
Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
(Lanius senator)
Wryneck
Wryneck
(Jynx torquilla)
Yellow-legged Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
(Larus michahellis)
Zitting Cisticola
Zitting Cisticola
(Cisticola juncidis)