Raptors and butterflies in the Colli Asolani

This year I visited in total 3 times the Asolo hills (“Colli Asolani”), in Treviso province, during the second half of August, when since 1994 an increasing number of birdwatchers meet to count the raptors on fall migration. The usual number of counted birds, in about 3 weeks each year, was between 6,000 and 12,000, but in 2017 the migration was different, with a number of migrants much lower than usual (almost 4,000 birds), probably because of a different flyway taken, apparently far from the hills.  Continue reading “Raptors and butterflies in the Colli Asolani”

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Helleborines in the Cansiglio

The Cansiglio upland hosts one of the richest community of orchids in the North-eastern Italy, with more than 40 species reported, from the thermofil foothills to the alpine meadows of higher altitudes.

I’ve been there at the beginning of August, at the end of orchid blooming season,

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A moth-trap in Val di Fassa

Guiding two Naturetrek groups in the Dolomites in July, I had the opportunity to put outside a moth-trap during 7 different nights, checking the harvest carefully the mornings after. The trap was placed in the little village of Tamion (Vigo di Fassa, Trento province), just outside our hotel, on the edge of a spruce woodland, at about 1538 m above the sea level. We used a powerful light to attract the moths in a wood box and, after the identification (more about 75 species of moths recorded), all the moths were releazed.

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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:

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Wildlife around the Royal Pensee Garden Resort (Egypt)

I spent in the Royal Pensee Garden Resort, 22 km south of El Qoseir (also known as El Quseir or Quseir, القصير‎‎ in arabic) a week. During this time I had the possibility to evaluate rather clearly the “naturalistic potential” of the hotel and the surrounding area, going birding and snorkeling most of the time. Continue reading “Wildlife around the Royal Pensee Garden Resort (Egypt)”

In the land of tattoo-faced ladies (Myanmar)

Many times to look for birds means to go far from beaten paths, reaching forgot sides of a country. If the country you visit is an only recently opened one like Myanmar (the former Burma), the adventure you live can be even more exotic and rich in emotions than expected. The  National Park I visited, during 4 days of October 2016, protects the area of Nat Ma Taung (Mount Victoria in English or နတ်မတောင် in Burmese) , the highest peak of central Myanmar that touches the 3,053 metres above the sea level. Continue reading “In the land of tattoo-faced ladies (Myanmar)”