In Search of the Camargue Flamingos

Camargue flamingos in southwest France
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 NĂ®mes, 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.
Pink Flamingos in the Camargue Wetlands

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!
Egret feeding its chick in the Camargue, France
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!
Cattle Egret in breeding plumage in the Camargue, France
We even spotted a night heron lurking in the brush.
Night Heron in the Camargue Ornithological Park in France
On to the Camargue flamingos!  Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau features a loop trail around the reserve and over the course of a few hours, we saw many flocks of greater pink flamingos.  In many cases, we were less than 10 feet away from where the flamingos were wading.
Watching the Pink Flamingos of the Camargue, France
Camargue Flamingoes in France
Wading Pink Flamingos in the Camargue, France
A Pink Flamingo in the Camargue, France
Bring a camera with a zoom lens because the Camargue flamingos are definitely photogenic. I am flamingo, here me roar!
A Pink Flamingo flapping its wings in the Camargue, France
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.
Juvenile Camargue Flamingos in France
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.
Camargue Flamingos in flight
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).

SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Do you enjoy travel focused on birdwatching? If so, check out my posts about the birds of Patagonia and the birds of Uganda.

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Camargue Flamingos in southwest France
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