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”

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A couple of hours walking in the nature of Falcade

Falcade is pretty village of the Dolomites (Belluno province), at about 1,148 m, that is particularly popular in winter time because it is a good base to reach the S. Pellegrino ski area. But also in summer the Biois stream sides can offer to naturalists some nice sightings. Continue reading “A couple of hours walking in the nature of Falcade”

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”

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”

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”

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”