“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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Photographing butterflies and flowers in the peaceful meadows of the Velebit (Croatia)

The Velebit range, part of the Dinaric Alps, separates two different worlds: the Adriatic sea coast, with Mediterranean and Balkan strong influences, and the interior Croatia, with much more continental features.

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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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Three weeks in Abruzzo looking for mammals, birds, orchids and butterflies

This year I led three Naturetrek groups, together with the masterly Jessica Turner and some other guides, in Abruzzo during three different weeks, two in May and one in September, discovering there an amazing variety of wildlife!

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The warm season around the Paneveggio – Pale di San Martino Natural Park

The Paneveggio and Pale di San Martino Natural Park shows an amazing collection of beauties, going from the best alpine flora, to a selection of butterflies, mammals and birds typical of the Dolomites, everything flavored by the unmistakable shape of the Cimon della Pala (3,184 m), the “Matterhorn of the Dolomites”.

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