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”

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”

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”

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”