Summer in France - day 21: the vultures at Rémuzat and Saint May | enigma

Summer in France - day 21: the vultures at Rémuzat and Saint May

We are impressed by the many birds of prey we see circling here occasionally. We heard that at Rémuzat you can definitely spot vultures at the Roque du Caire, so we're driving there today.

It's more than an hour's drive. We take the smaller roads, because there is always something to see.

We drive a few times over the river Roanne. The water is just a small stream over the boulders of the soil. It's crystal clear.

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We drive through small, typical French, remote villages. It's always nice to have a terrace there. We have time, because today we have only one goal: the vultures. If you have time, you'll see a lot of beautiful things along the way. Especially if you take the smaller, slow roads.

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Arriving in Rémuzat, we install ourselves with our picnic at the picnic area just over the bridge. We have a good view of the Roque du Caire and soon we see the vultures circling around it.

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It's quite difficult to get them in the picture. When I zoom in, I see a crucifix on top of the rock. What if you could stand there?

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After our picnic we drive the car around the rock. You follow the road to the village of Saint-May, which is already at a certain level. In the village you will find many images of vultures, but we do not see any. It is a beautiful village, where time stopped exactly.

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However, the rock is even higher than the village, so after a little walking around in and around the village, we drive on. You leave the village on your right and you take a very narrow mountain road into. We hope there are no oncoming traffic. (Swappost St. Take Laurent.)

The road leads us to a parking lot by the rock. Here we see a sign explaining the 4 types of vultures you can see here.

From here it is still 15 minutes uphill on foot, along a wide gravel path that is easy to walk. It continues to rise. We pass lavender fields that haven't been grubbed up yet. Because of the altitude, the temperature here is probably slightly lower than in the valleys.

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During that 15 minute walk, we keep looking forward to vultures. Occasionally we see there, but they remain quite high. Eventually we reach the tip of the rock, near the cross. You have a beautiful view over the surroundings. Rémuzat is now in the depths.

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It will not be long before the first vultures appear. You can see them circling over your head, but also below you, along the rock where they have their nests in the gorges.

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They fly pretty fast and come from all sides. It's spectacular to see. It's hard to get them on the picture, but with patience and good equipment it has to be done to make beautiful pictures here.

The photo below I got from a reader of this blog, Richard Poeser. I got his permission to place his photograph, with a better lens than mine, also from Rémuzat. (Thank you, Richard!)

Satisfied with the day we drive home, enjoying the beautiful ride back.

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