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”

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A sunny day in the heart of Dolomites

Mountains are famous for their mutable and unpredictable climate: mists are common in cold mornings as well as tunderstorms are almost quotidian in the good season, but even snow is not impossible in summer. To find a so clear and sunny day as I found in the Croda da Lago group, with a completelly blue sky without any cloud, instead, it much rarer. Continue reading “A sunny day in the heart of Dolomites”

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”

Little Grebes and gentians along the Misurina lake

The area of the “Lago di Misurina”, in the Auronzo di Cadore municipality, is another breathtaking Dolomites scenery, being tha lake surrounded by gorgeous dolomite mountains like Cristallo (3,221  m), Sorapis (3,205 m), Cadini di Misurina (2,839 m), Torre dei Scarperi (2,687 m) and, above all, the renowed Tre Cime di Lavaredo (2,999 m). Continue reading “Little Grebes and gentians along the Misurina lake”

Spectacular Passo Valparola

I’ve been to the Valparola pass in order to look for the rare False orchid (Chamorchis alpina) and the very beautiful Silky ringlet (Erebia gorge), but I was surprised by the number of interesting other species I’ve found there!

The pass lies in Belluno province, inside the Dolomiti d’Ampezzo Natural Park, and reaches the 2192m, connecting the Badia valley with the Falzarego pass and Cortina d’Ampezzo.

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A moth-trap in Val di Fassa

Guiding two Naturetrek groups in the Dolomites in July, I had the opportunity to put outside a moth-trap during 7 different nights, checking the harvest carefully the mornings after. The trap was placed in the little village of Tamion (Vigo di Fassa, Trento province), just outside our hotel, on the edge of a spruce woodland, at about 1538 m above the sea level. We used a powerful light to attract the moths in a wood box and, after the identification (more about 75 species of moths recorded), all the moths were releazed.

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Alpine wildlife in the Passo Pordoi

With 2,239 m of altitudes the Pordoi pass is one of the most known pass in the Dolomites (Dolomiti) and connects Arabba with the Val di Fassa. It is a typical climb of the “Giro d’Italia”, the famous Italian cyclism race, but can be also a great place where taste the best of alpine wildlife.

The beginning of summer is probably the best time of year to go there:

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