An Excursion To Sionnet

Dear nature lover,
here are the most important details to be aware of before meeting for our excursion to Marais de Sionnet. We will spend our time walking along the trails of the area looking for wildlife and contemplating the beauty of nature. And if the weather is good, we will face the Mont-Blanc the whole time!

Meeting Point

We will meet at the small Parking lot located on Chemin de la Motte in Meinier. Please see the exact location on the map below.

 

The exact hour will be communicated to you few days before the tour depending on the time of sunrise or sunset.

What to bring

Besides your photography gear, please bring binoculars if you have some. Also, think about dressing accordingly depending on the weather conditions and the season. Ideally, please wear dull natural colors like brown or green.
For sunrise session, as we start early, it is often a bit cold even in spring or summer. Wear shoes that are comfortable for walking. Feel free to bring a backpack to put clothes, water and a snack.

 

Do you have more questions?

Animal Species

Marais de Sionnet is mostly reknown for birds. In just a few hours it is often possible to spot more than 30 bird species! Below is the list of what can be seen in this stunning area, but depending on the season this list varies a lot.

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Eurasian Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
Red Kite (Milvus milvus)
Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
Common Magpie (Pica pica)

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Eurasian Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Great Tit (Parus major)
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Northern Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Great White Egret (Ardea alba)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Teal (Anas crecca)
Gadwall (Mareca strepera)
Garganey (Spatula querquedula)
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)
Western Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot (Fulica atra)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
Eurasian Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dryobates minor)

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
Mew Gull (Larus canus)
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis)

Stock Dove (Columba oenas)
Common Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)

Besides birds, we can potentially spot hares, foxes, and even a stoat or red deers if we are very lucky.

 

My favorites images from Marais de Sionnet

 

I am really looking forward to meeting you for a great excursion!

Jonathan