Great August birding in Valle Vecchia

The second half of summer is always one of the slowest times of the year for birdwatching, with very secretive and silent birds and a very low number of migrants and eventual vagrants. So it has been a great surprise to have a so amazing day in Valle Vecchia of Caorle (Venice/Venezia province) right in the middle of August, with almost 90 species of birds observed! Continue reading “Great August birding in Valle Vecchia”

Orchids and birding in Western Slovenia

It’s a long time that I’m in love with Slovenia: a very low population density (only 101.8/km2 ), a rich forestal cover, a clean and ordinated appearence, an amazing biodiversity with the presence of most of great European carnivores. I started more than 15 years ago to visit the Cerknica lake (“Cerknisko Jezero“) for birdwatching and I’ve never stop to go there regularly almost every year. This time I was particularly interested in orchids. Continue reading “Orchids and birding in Western Slovenia”

Where to go birding around Venice

Venice (Venezia) is one of the most known and popular destinations of the world: everybody knows its amazing canals and boats instead than streets and cars, as well as the widespread richness of medioeval and Renaissance people that decided to build, on tiny lagoon islands, unbelievable residences and palaces, plenty of unreapetable works of Titian, Tintoretto or Canaletto.

But arround the city, if not even side by side with these wonders, the naturalists and birdwatchers might find some very interesting birdwatching sites, inside de Venice lagoon or just a little bit more inland. Continue reading “Where to go birding around Venice”

Spectacular Passo Valparola

I’ve been to the Valparola pass in order to look for the rare False orchid (Chamorchis alpina) and the very beautiful Silky ringlet (Erebia gorge), but I was surprised by the number of interesting other species I’ve found there!

The pass lies in Belluno province, inside the Dolomiti d’Ampezzo Natural Park, and reaches the 2192m, connecting the Badia valley with the Falzarego pass and Cortina d’Ampezzo.  Continue reading “Spectacular Passo Valparola”

Alpine wildlife in the Passo Pordoi

With 2,239 m of altitudes the Pordoi pass is one of the most known pass in the Dolomites (Dolomiti) and connects Arabba with the Val di Fassa. It is a typical climb of the “Giro d’Italia”, the famous Italian cyclism race, but can be also a great place where taste the best of alpine wildlife.

The beginning of summer is probably the best time of year to go there: Continue reading “Alpine wildlife in the Passo Pordoi”

A Capercaillie on the Monte Grappa

The Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) is a rare species in Italy, with a distribution that spreads from northern Lombardy to most of the eastern Alps ranges. Even if now completelly protected, it is still decreasing in number, expecially on the southern edge of its distribution, supposely because of climate changes. In this situation can happen that lonely males, without the possibility to find easily a female, loose their fear of humans and get very agressive against almost every creature they meet, becoming truly like mad. Continue reading “A Capercaillie on the Monte Grappa”

Lastovo and its gorgeous lizards

Lastovo, also known in Italian with the ancient name of “Langosta”, is one of the most outer island of Dalmatian arcipelago, in Croatia, and, because of its size and position (about 55 km far from Croatian mainland, but also 110 km far from the Italian coast), it has rather limitated biodiversity, but also some insular specialities: what I’ve found interesting were particularly reptiles, with some gorgeous colourful morphs. Continue reading “Lastovo and its gorgeous lizards”