Yellow-billed Diver and other rare birds along the Gulf of Trieste

Recenly I went twice to the area of the Gulf of Trieste (Friuli-Venezia Giulia) to twitch some rare birds that, earlier than usual, came there at the end of autumn: Yellow-billed Diver (Gavia adamsii), Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) and Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus).

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Pelagic birding in the lake of Garda

The lake of Garda (“lago di Garda“) is the largest of Italy and, together with other big lakes at the foothill of Alps, can often offer some interesting observations. Many times the birds move offshore, so can be hard to see them even by telescope: to rent a boat and navigate far from the coasts can be a productive choice to have an idea about what’s happen in the centre of the lake. Continue reading “Pelagic birding in the lake of Garda”

The Pallid Swifts breeding in Venice centre

Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) is a rare and localized species in the region of Veneto, with just a couple of colonies in some ancient city centres. Venice is one of them, with a population of maybe a ten of pairs, not far from San Marco square. Continue reading “The Pallid Swifts breeding in Venice centre”

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”

A couple of hours in the wonderful Po delta

I spent no more than 2 hours in the heart of Delta del Po Veneto (Rovigo province). I can’t define the area a great place for nature photography, but the last afternoon I had there was really something: sunshine, warm tones, amazing subjects made my quick visit an unmissable opportunity.

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Redpolls and Great Northern Diver in the Lido di Venezia

The island of Lido di Venezia is usually known because it hosts the “Venice Film Festival“, but can be also a very good place for birdwatching, expecially in winter. It’s is an alogated dike that, together with the island of Pellestrina, separates the Venice lagoon from the Adriatic sea.  Continue reading “Redpolls and Great Northern Diver in the Lido di Venezia”

A coffer of rarities: Sacca degli Scardovari

The Po delta is maybe the best birding spot in Italy, but this winter a good number of rare birds decided to center in the area of Sacca degli Scardovari, a vast salt water lagoon in the south of delta (Rovigo) usually known mainly because of widespread mussel farming. Black-shouldered Kite, Short-eared Owl, Turnstone, Black-throated Diver, etc were all reported there. Continue reading “A coffer of rarities: Sacca degli Scardovari”