Autumn in the Dolomiti Friulane

The Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane is one of the wildest and less populated areas of North-eastern Italy: are mountains that in many cases can exceed the 2,000 m, far from big cities, covered by vast forests and often protected by high cliffs or steep slopes from the mass tourism. Continue reading “Autumn in the Dolomiti Friulane”

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Pygmy Owls in the Cadore

I’ve been in the Cadore side of Dolomiti Friulane in order to look for the Hazel Grouse, one of the most sought-after Italian birds, and, as usual, even if I couldn’t achieve the goal, I found something very special: 2 superb Eurasian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum), the European smallest bird of prey! Continue reading “Pygmy Owls in the Cadore”

Rutting period in the Altopiano del Cansiglio

The Cansiglio is an almost flat upland surrounded by large extensions of beech, spruce and silver fir forests. It’s well known as a great place where observe the rutting season of Red Deers (Cervus elaphus), hosting a good population of hundreds of these large erbivores.  Continue reading “Rutting period in the Altopiano del Cansiglio”

Etruscan Shrew and Dusky Warbler in the Oasi Celestina

The Oasi Celestina is a very small (12 ha) oasis managed by LIPU in the Reggio Emilia province that protects a couple of freshwater lakes and some patches of reedbeds, reforestations and meadows.

Three days ago the very bright Luca Bagni found there a mega rarity with less than 10 observations in Italy: an amazing Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus)! 

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Last butterflies and orchids in the Colli Euganei

Colli Euganei, the range of vulcanic hills in the west of Padua, are one of the best sites where to find a large variety of orchids, but in autumn, like other places in Veneto, the area hosts just a blooming species: the Lady’s-tresses Orchid (Spiranthes spiralis). Continue reading “Last butterflies and orchids in the Colli Euganei”

The last orchids and the pretty Asolo

To find a place where to spend half a day together with a no-naturalist girlfriend can be sometimes tricky. To visit the Colli Asolani, in the Treviso province, can be a good option, offering a very special wildlife side by side with very interesting touristical attractions like the palladian “Villa di Maser” or the gorgeous town of Asolo. Continue reading “The last orchids and the pretty Asolo”

Lizards and birding along the Trieste Gulf

The Isonzo river signs, on many aspects, a border between the North-italian plains of Po valley and the Balkan ranges that connect the Karst with Dinaric Alps and Dalmatia. That’s why the Trieste and Karst area is so special in Italy, because is often nearer to Slovenia and Croatia, about flora and fauna, than to the remaining part of the peninsula.

I visited the area in order to localize a couple of dalmatian lizards that here reach their north-eastern limit of distribution, but I enjoyed there the very rich avifauna as well. Continue reading “Lizards and birding along the Trieste Gulf”