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”

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A day of surveys in the Po delta

I had to do some surveys in the lagoons of Veneto Po delta for the Association Sagittaria: to be around in those areas, even if mainly spending the time counting birds, means to have often nice photo oportunities as well. The fauna of Po delta never disappoints! Continue reading “A day of surveys in the Po delta”

Bad weather, hard birding

In the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia winter can be truly arsh, with the local strong north-eastern wind, called “bora”, and heavy rain or snow. To be outside birding with that kind of conditions is a challenge, but often the bravers are rewarded with fantastic sightings! Continue reading “Bad weather, hard birding”

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 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”