Early blooms in the few residual natural habitats survived in Cessalto, Mansué, Piave, Storga and Treviso hills

Eastern Veneto suffered one of the most impressive assaults in Europe to whatever natural habitat going, in the lowlands, from the residual plain woodlands, to the Piave riverbed dry prairies, but even the hills were affected by the uncontrolled extend of vineyards, including the Prosecco ones, along every suitable slope!

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Another winter with plenty of bird rarities in the Veneto, despite Covid19

The birding in winter 2020/21, like many other aspects, was effected by the Covid19 restrictions, stopping almost whatever twitching velleity to other Italian regions but Veneto, my home region. Despite this, I managed to go birding often collecting, after a slow beginning, an amazing number of rare birds and wonderful observations: I added in fact 3 species to my Veneto life-list plus a worldwide lifer!

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Third placement in the Italian Big Year of butterflies and burnets in 2020

In the unfortunate 2020 something that kept the moral high had been the race organized by the Facebook group Amici delle Farfalle (“Friends of the butterflies”): the first “Big Year” concerning butterflies and burnets. By the end of 2020, despite the lack of many trips abroad, I photographed 178 species classifying myself third in the race!

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“Stay home!”: local birding in Monastier di Treviso

The arrival of the Covid19 in Italy induced, in March 2020, the progressive lock down of the country, starting from the first municipalities affected by the virus and then extending to every region of the peninsula. This forced me to reduce step by step the width of my movements until just my home become allowed.

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The end of winter in Valle Vecchia and Brussa of Caorle

Valle Vecchia and Brussa are possibly the best birding area nearby Venice, together with the Po delta. At the end of winter, these grounds show the beginning of the migration turn over in a spectacular way, with flocks of hundreds of birds!

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Grave di Ciano, a seriously threatened paradise for birdwatching

Grave di Ciano“, the riverbed of Piave nearby the village of Ciano del Montello, is probably the best birding spot in the Treviso province, but is recently threatened by the project to excavate there some detention basins.

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A day of photography in along the gulf of Trieste

Bird-photography in Italy is not easy like in other countries: decades of hunting pressure made the birds particularly shy and hardly approachable. The reserves along the gulf of Trieste offer one of the best options in autumn and winter.

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A lovely male of Snow Bunting in the Dolomites

Snow Buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) are rather regular in the North-eastern Italy, especially along the Pre-Alps, like for example in Lessinia, but they still represent a pretty unexpected arctic visitor: yesterday I had the pleasure to encounter a lovely male!

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The last day of 2019 birding in Friuli-Venezia Giulia

When somebody visiting Venice ask me about where to go birding, especially in autumn and winter, I usually suggest to go further than the Laguna di Venezia, leaving Veneto for the gulf of Trieste, in Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

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