One of our favorite places in the village is the boat ramp above the weir on the Claise just as it leaves Preuilly.
There is a seat that looks upstream, and this is the best place we have found so far for seeing a kingfisher in Preuilly itself. During the warmer months it is busy with dragonflies, and even though it is part of the plan d'eau it is peaceful, pretty and private.
The only distraction is likely to be one of the local jardiniers anciens from the nearby potagers telling you how big the fish in the river used to be. This is usually the moment I manage to catch a flash of blue and orange out of the corner of my eye.
It's no hardship though. It somehow feels a bit special that the locals want to stop and chat to a scruffy Australian interloper.