Lovely sunny day today, but a strong wind was blowing. This made sitting outside Van the Van uncomfortable as the wind swirled under the van, around the back and then over the top in a vortex dropping sand into your eyes, food and drink. You could see a scum of kibble floating on the top of your wine after a few minutes.
Today we went for another walk over the Marais and back along the coast from the East. This time the flamingos in the salt water mudflats were a little further off and difficult to photograph. Amongst them were also hundreds of avocets feeding. We walked across the sand and mud (now wet and sticky after the rain) towards some paths. Here we found a new eco system of ponds with some gorgeous flying displays from some swallows/house martins? They were occasionally dipping down to drink from the ponds.
On another water area, which I think connected to the main Etang were three flamingos who I was able to get quite close to and photograph. These were again feeding. Love the way they are ringed above the knee. You can even read the id with a scope from a way off.
We walked back along the coast with cyclists passing along the wide tracks. This does look like a place where it is worth while taking a bike with you. Lots of tracks, and all on the flat. The sea was rough today, and the sky was picturesque with the blue and the clouds to add texture. Nothing quite a boring as a totally blue cloudless sky.
Back at the camp we had lunch of beer, bread and cheese. We had consumed the last of the Camembert yesterday, but even today the fridge still stunk. Today it was some blue cheese bought earlier on the trip.
We walked into town on the pretext of buying some Camargue red rice. Not bought because there must be more authentic places to buy the stuff. R did buy a present of a Camargue wrap around skirt/throw, but later saw, much to her annoyance, that it was made in Parkistan! We took a break from buying, and experienced a beer at a bar. No sooner had we sat down, the rain started. A small cloud which soon passed, but enough to cause a flurry amongst the local shop owners. The owner of the bar we were sitting in rushed over to help the lady from another shop move her displays under cover.
We left after the beer and walked back home under the lovely sun. The wind was still blowing back at the campsite, and occasionally the van would rock with a sudden gust.