The regional park of the Camargue is most renowned for it’s flamingo’s, bull’s and wild horses. Having worked for half a year in the Biological Research Station of Tour du Valat, I became enchanted with the area. The Camargue proper is an area between the two estuaries of the Rhone River. Roughly between the towns of Arles, Saintes Maries de la Mer and Salin de Giraud. Two parts can be seen as separate: Saltpans in the south and a wetland area in the north, where man has created a large number of rice paddies. In order to keep the salt out of the soil, they had to make it so wet, that rice only was left as a crop. Birds love both areas. The large breeding colony of Greater Flamingo is the main, pink, attraction in the saline area. Purple-, Grey-, Night- and Squacco- Herons, Cattle-, Little- and Great- Egret, Collared Pratincoles, Terns and Waders in the north. To the west the area extends into the Petite Camargue and further on into the busy beach resort strip of Sète, Cap d’Agde, Leucate and Banyuls, all the way to the Spanish border. To the east of the Camargue lies an area called “La Crau”. It is an old floodplain of the Durance river, which in prehistoric times deposited millions of tons of stones on a vast area. La Crau is some 20 kilometers wide and 30 long. Essentially you can call it a steppe now. Birds include both White- and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Little Bustard, Hoopoe, Roller, Southern Grey Shrike and all those little songbirds that you associate with dry open areas. Stonechat, Larks, Finches and Shrikes will be seen on any visit in the warmer months. During the winter migrants will pass through and some special birds can be found as well: Lesser Spotted Eagle is sometimes seen, Alpine Accentors, Eagle Owl. All in all, the Camargue, Crau and surrounding areas provide excellent locations for bird watching. A three day visit to the Camargue and Crau will get you an impressive list of species seen there, a week can be spent here without getting bored.