|Travelling along a mountain road|
|View of the river at Pont Valchevriere|
Moving on, we stopped by Pont Valchevriere, a busy road bridge. I took in the magnificent views of the river and the mountain scenery while dodging traffic. House and crag martins were darting over and under the bridge, while a pair of buzzards were having a dispute high above the peaks. We watched the crag martins fly to their nest sites built under rock ledges jutting out from the face of the cliff opposite the bridge. We also found a small colony of paper wasps, some fairy's thimbles and an almond-eyed ringlet.
|Views of the gorge|
Our next stop was for lunch at a picnic table somewhere along the Col de la Chau, a mountain road which is often used during the Tour d' France. The roadside verges here was full of greater and lesser butterfly orchids and fragrant orchids. We also found a purple treble-bar moth, a pine hawk-moth and a bee beetle.
|Lesser Butterfly Orchid|
|Greater Butterfly Orchid|
|Purple Treble-bar Moth|
|King of the Mountain!|
|Black Vanilla Orchid|
|A pink carpet of Bistort over the plateau|
|More great views!|
|Dark Red Helleborine|
|Creeping Ladies Tresses|
|Marbled White on Pyramidal Orchid|
After our meal at Les Muniers, we watched these pipistrelle bats flying over the pond (which was apparently a swimming pool) as the light was fading. You should, in this video, see them skimming the water for a drink.