Birdwatching in the Lago Maggiore

I went to the Lago Maggiore (“Larger lake”), the second largest lake in Italy, in order to twitch a Pied Wagtail observed along the shore in Arona. In the area I observed a number of interesting gulls and birds in the superb scenary of the lake, with its chain of moutains, towns, castles, palaces and islands. Continue reading “Birdwatching in the Lago Maggiore”

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In the Cansiglio plateau after a snowfall

The “Altopiano del Cansiglio” is a plateau characterized by a frequent thermal inversion, the natural phenomenon that causes colder temperatures at lower altitudes, usually in the bottom of valleys, than at higher altitudes, like mountains and peaks. That’s the reason that makes the Cansiglio one of the coldest places in Italy during winter season, with an impressive record of -35°C reported in 2005 at only 900 m of altitude! Continue reading “In the Cansiglio plateau after a snowfall”

Wallcreeper near the Vajont dam

The Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) is considered one of the most wanted birds in the World. Usually people that visit Italy in spring or summer ask to see it, but, to be honest, I find much easier to spot this wonderful bird in autumn and winter, when it comes at lower altitudes and spreads in gorges and quarries. Continue reading “Wallcreeper near the Vajont dam”

Bullfinches and Lesser Redpoll in the Isonzo mouth

I’ve been once again in the area of low Isonzo river, one of the best ones in Italy for birdwatching, and I observed some finches that usually ar rather rare in the lowlands, but also some other interesting species of birds. Continue reading “Bullfinches and Lesser Redpoll in the Isonzo mouth”

A photo-walk in Quinto di Treviso

In the little town of Quinto di Treviso were realized some very nice footbridges and paths along the river Sile that here opens in a complex of lakes, canals and marshes. A couple of mills were built here in order to use the power of the longest resurgent river of Italy. Continue reading “A photo-walk in Quinto di Treviso”

Looking for Ptarmigans in the Belluno province

Rock Ptarmigans (Lagopus muta) are a gorgeous alpine species that has been
heavily threated recently by factors like global warming, enlargement of ski runs, human disturbance, hunting and lost of habitat. The populations are fragmented and located in the must inaccesible and glacial sides of Alps, so very hard to be find, expecially in the Dolomites. Continue reading “Looking for Ptarmigans in the Belluno province”

Pelagic trip in the Adriatic sea

I took part to an amazing pelagic trip organized in the southern part (Ferrara province) of Po delta. A quite big boat went offshore for tens of miles in the Adriatic sea while a friend of mine, Fabio, provided a big quantity of sardines to a large crowd of Yellow-legged Gulls (Larus michahellis). Inside the flock we managed to find a some interesting local rarities! Continue reading “Pelagic trip in the Adriatic sea”