The Camargue is probably best known for its Flamingo colony, the only regular nesting site in Western Europe and a species you are bound to see. Many other bird species also breed here: Glossy Ibis, Kentish Plover, Collared pratincole, Bee-eater, Short-toed eagle, Slender-billed gull, Spectacled warbler… And the rest of the year can also well be worth a visit. Many migrants occur with rarities to be found – for example, Broad-billed sandpiper is seen annually in the salt pans, White-winged tern over the marshes. Winter sees the arrival of many waterfowl, including thousands of Red-crested Pochard, with accompanying predators – Spotted Eagle occurs annually.
When visiting the Camargue it is well worth combining a trip with the nearby Alpilles regional park to the north and with the dry, stone plain of the Crau, to the east, both within easy reach and with complementary sets of bird species.
Take a train via Lille or Paris to Avignon or Nîmes, where you can rent a car.
You can also take a connecting train to Arles to start your journey closer to the park and where you can rent a bicycle.