Provence (France): a land of Flamingos, Cranes and Wallcreepers

I led a tour in the south-east of France, in the region known as Provence, between the end of December and the beginning of January, enjoying the superb wildlife of Camargue and the beauty of hilly landscapes of Les Alpilles and Mont Ventoux. Impressive numbers of cranes, swans, storks and flamingoes, but also unexpected sightings of Wallcreepers, Mealy Redpolls and Spotted Eagle, made the week unforgetable! Continue reading “Provence (France): a land of Flamingos, Cranes and Wallcreepers”

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Green Sea Turtles in Marsa Mubarak (Egypt)

The Marsa Mubarak bay, only 3 km south of Port Ghalib, along the Red Sea coasts, as become famous recently because it’s one of the very few, maybe the only one, regular site of presence of the Dugong (Dugong dugong) in the Marsa Alam area. Continue reading “Green Sea Turtles in Marsa Mubarak (Egypt)”

The wild paradise of Qulaan islands (Egypt)

The arcipelago of Qulaan islands, also known as Hamata arcipelago or “Maldives of Egypt”, is a group of coral islands located along the coast of Red Sea, 110 km south of Marsa Alam and 45 km north of Berenice. Together with stunning white beaches and gorgeous landscapes, it’s a great birdwatching site, with colonies of terns and gulls, but also one of the best place of the Red Sea where go snorkeling or diving. The corals here are particolarly colourful and well preserved, although the marine fauna has suffered the fishing pressure and most of fishes are small or medium sized.

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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)”

The first Italian team at Champions of the Flyway (Israel)

With the friends Menotti Passarella and Gianfranco Colombo I had the honour to be in the first Italian team to participate to the International birding race called “Champions of the Flyway”. It’s a very clever idea to involve teams from all over the world to enjoy Israeli nature and compete in observing the higest number of birds in a day on one hand, but also a big fundraising in which the teams compete as well in order to keep the attention and to provide a concrete help to the fight against the illegal killing of birds in different hot coutries.  Continue reading “The first Italian team at Champions of the Flyway (Israel)”

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)”

Into the wild of the E. Avaroa National Reserve and Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)

I visited the Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa (also written “Abaroa”) and the area of Salar de Uyuni in August 2012, during my 4 months of lonely tour of southern South America. I was at less than half of my travel, but what I admired in Bolivia were some of the best landscapes I ever seen in my life and, to be honest, still they are, even after 5 years plenty of trips and adventures around the world. Continue reading “Into the wild of the E. Avaroa National Reserve and Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)”