Stork at Baie de Somme, Marqueterre, France. Seven or eight pairs of storks breed at the Somme Estuary. Click photos to view detail.
A willow warbler, which winters in Africa and returns to France the first week in April.
Yellow-billed whooper swans are also year-round residents at the estuary. All photos by David Holmes.
The Greylag goose.
Avocets, which are spoon-billed waders, are the official bird of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Great Britain. The birds had been virtually eliminated until a breeding program was established in Suffolk in the '50s and '60s. Now the birds are again plentiful.
Ed. note: Today's post is brought to you courtesy of my husband, the bird-watcher. I have had a busy day of preparations for guests arriving tomorrow, in between filing numerous copyright infringement notices. I found one website using nearly 100 of my photos without permission! Luckily, the site host promptly responded and removed the images without quibbling. But it seems vigilance is necessary.