Autumn in Istria (Croatia)

During the first half of October I visited the peninsula of Istria, in Croatia, leading a group together with the knowledgeable Paul Tout. It was a rather special time to be there, having still the enthomological tail of summer, but also signs of migrations and beginning of winter concerning the birds. Continue reading “Autumn in Istria (Croatia)”

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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”

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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Dragonflies and few migrant birds in Valle Vecchia of Caorle

A couple of days ago I was woken up by the song of a Willow Warbler. Then a small flock of Golden Orioles started to chat as well in the garden: the sky was cloudy, with a rather hazy and humid air. I decided that, with a forecast predicting thunderstorms during the day, it could be a great day to look for migrant birds! Continue reading “Dragonflies and few migrant birds in Valle Vecchia of Caorle”

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”

Sea-birds summering off shore from Chioggia and the Po delta

I took part, together with some friends of the “Venezia BW” group (link to their website), to a fishing trip by boat offshore from Chioggia. It has been a great occasion to check what was happening far from the coast, encountering some apparently rare birds and enjoying a productive sea-waching. Continue reading “Sea-birds summering off shore from Chioggia and the Po delta”

Orchids, butterflies and Tree-toed Woodpecker nearby Auronzo di Cadore

Auronzo di Cadore, in the northern part of the Dolomites, is one of the most northern municipalities of Veneto (Belluno province), being on the border with the Val Pusteria (Bolzano province). Even if it lies at an altitude of only 866 m, the habitats around are definitely alpine, with extended woodlands of Spruces, Larches and Dwarf Pines. Continue reading “Orchids, butterflies and Tree-toed Woodpecker nearby Auronzo di Cadore”