Looking for Eagle Owl in Veneto region

Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) is a rather rare species in Italy and in Veneto as well, with old estimates of about 50 pairs for the region, 30 of which in the Belluno province and 8-12 in Treviso. This January and February I decided to try to look for that species in the valleys of southern Belluno and northern Treviso province. Continue reading “Looking for Eagle Owl in Veneto region”

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In the Cansiglio plateau after a snowfall

The “Altopiano del Cansiglio” is a plateau characterized by a frequent thermal inversion, the natural phenomenon that causes colder temperatures at lower altitudes, usually in the bottom of valleys, than at higher altitudes, like mountains and peaks. That’s the reason that makes the Cansiglio one of the coldest places in Italy during winter season, with an impressive record of -35°C reported in 2005 at only 900 m of altitude! Continue reading “In the Cansiglio plateau after a snowfall”

Looking for Ptarmigans in the Belluno province

Rock Ptarmigans (Lagopus muta) are a gorgeous alpine species that has been
heavily threated recently by factors like global warming, enlargement of ski runs, human disturbance, hunting and lost of habitat. The populations are fragmented and located in the must inaccesible and glacial sides of Alps, so very hard to be find, expecially in the Dolomites. Continue reading “Looking for Ptarmigans in the Belluno province”

Autumn in the Dolomiti Friulane

The Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane is one of the wildest and less populated areas of North-eastern Italy: are mountains that in many cases can exceed the 2,000 m, far from big cities, covered by vast forests and often protected by high cliffs or steep slopes from the mass tourism. Continue reading “Autumn in the Dolomiti Friulane”

Rutting period in the Altopiano del Cansiglio

The Cansiglio is an almost flat upland surrounded by large extensions of beech, spruce and silver fir forests. It’s well known as a great place where observe the rutting season of Red Deers (Cervus elaphus), hosting a good population of hundreds of these large erbivores.  Continue reading “Rutting period in the Altopiano del Cansiglio”

Etruscan Shrew and Dusky Warbler in the Oasi Celestina

The Oasi Celestina is a very small (12 ha) oasis managed by LIPU in the Reggio Emilia province that protects a couple of freshwater lakes and some patches of reedbeds, reforestations and meadows.

Three days ago the very bright Luca Bagni found there a mega rarity with less than 10 observations in Italy: an amazing Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus)! 

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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.

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