Have you ever considered visiting Camargue France? You should simply because there is just something awesome about pink flamingos. They're tall, they often balance on one leg, and they are hot pink. What's not to love? Ever since we moved to Dublin 5 years ago, we've entertained the idea of flying to southwest France to see pink flamingos in the wild. We finally visited the Camargue wetlands just outside of Montpellier on a broader visit to the Languedoc region of France this Spring. If you are staying in Nîmes, Camargue Ornithological Park is just an hour away. In this post, I'll share some photos of the best Camargue wildlife. The area is home to thousands of Camargue flamingos and other bird species including egrets, herons, and night herons.
We arrived at the Camargue Ornithological Park and got our bearings using a small map given to us at the entrance. We came around to a small lake with an island in the center. Every available branch of the large tree in the center was taken up by a large nest. There were tens of egrets and herons incubating their eggs and nurturing their newly hatched chicks. We even caught a glimpse of an egret feeding her young. So amazing!
We also noticed that many of the egrets inhabiting the Camargue wetlands had a bright yellow patch on their heads. I soon learned that this was the breeding plumage of cattle egrets. Judging from the number of nests in the trees, they guys were definitely busy!
We even spotted a night heron lurking in the brush.
Bring a camera with a zoom lens because the Camargue flamingos are definitely photogenic. I am flamingo, here me roar!
While most of the flamingos in the Camargue wetlands are pink due to their shellfish diet, the juveniles are easy to spot because they are mostly white.
The flamingos mostly splashed about on the ground but occasionally they would take flight. These birds are simply amazing to see with wings spread soaring overhead.
Here is a video that I created capturing the wild Camargue flamingos in action. I could have watched them for hours!
What else is near Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau?
Saintes Maries de la Mer is the nearest town to Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Combine a visit to see the Camargue flamingos with lunch and a seaside walk. You might even spot some Camargue horses (brilliant white horses that are native to the region).