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 weekend of snorkeling in the Istria peninsula (Croatia)

Istria peninsula, in north-western Croatia, is very interesting destination for who want to escape the crowd of Italian north Adriatic beaches and find a wondeful torquoise and clear sea in which snorkel or dive, without drive too far from the border. Continue reading “A weekend of snorkeling in the Istria peninsula (Croatia)”

Blooms of orchids on Elba island

Elba is the largest island in the Arcipelago Toscano and lies just 10 km far from the coast of Tuscany. The vicinity with the continent, together with size, influenced its biodiversity making the island the most complex ecosystem of all the arcipelago. Orchids are present with more than 40 species, but they are also particularly threated. Continue reading “Blooms of orchids on Elba island”

Capraia, the island of Corsican Finches

Capraia is one of the remotest of islands of Tyrrhenian Sea. The proximity with Corsica, just 30 km far, has influenced it’s biodiversity, giving to the island a number of interesting specialities that Capraia shares with Sardinia and Corsica. On the other hand, the isolation has made the island an amazing ground for birdwatching during migration times. Continue reading “Capraia, the island of Corsican Finches”

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”

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”