Hard mountain life and wild nature in Ushguli (Georgia)

The village of Ushguli (უშგული in Georgian), in the high Caucasus, is considered  the highest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe, lieing at about 2,100 m of altitude on the foothill of Shkhara (5,201 m), the highest mountain of Georgia. Like other communities of the Svaneti, here as well the most representative arctitectures are the medieval towers that gained to the region the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading “Hard mountain life and wild nature in Ushguli (Georgia)”

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Caucasian birding in Kazbegi (Georgia)

The area of Kazbegi is usually considered the easiest way to visit the Caucasus range and to observe most of the typical Caucasian species, being not far from Tbilisi (about 3 hours of driving). I visited this place for a couple of days at the beginning of September, going birding and enjoying the amazing view of the mount Kazbek (5,047 m), the third highest mountain in Georgia.

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Blooms of orchids on Elba island

Elba is the largest island in the Arcipelago Toscano and lies just 10 km far from the coast of Tuscany. The vicinity with the continent, together with size, influenced its biodiversity making the island the most complex ecosystem of all the arcipelago. Orchids are present with more than 40 species, but they are also particularly threated. Continue reading “Blooms of orchids on Elba island”

Capraia, the island of Corsican Finches

Capraia is one of the remotest of islands of Tyrrhenian Sea. The proximity with Corsica, just 30 km far, has influenced it’s biodiversity, giving to the island a number of interesting specialities that Capraia shares with Sardinia and Corsica. On the other hand, the isolation has made the island an amazing ground for birdwatching during migration times. Continue reading “Capraia, the island of Corsican Finches”

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

I led a tour for Naturetrek 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”

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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