Autumn in Istria (Croatia)

During the first half of October I visited the peninsula of Istria, in Croatia, leading a Naturetrek group together with the knowledgeable Paul Tout. It was a rather special time to be there, having still the enthomological tail of summer, but also signs of migrations and beginning of winter concerning the birds. Continue reading “Autumn in Istria (Croatia)”

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Hard mountain life and wild nature in Ushguli (Georgia)

The village of Ushguli (უშგული in Georgian), in the high Caucasus, is considered  the highest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe, lieing at about 2,100 m of altitude on the foothill of Shkhara (5,201 m), the highest mountain of Georgia. Like other communities of the Svaneti, here as well the most representative arctitectures are the medieval towers that gained to the region the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading “Hard mountain life and wild nature in Ushguli (Georgia)”

Birdwatching among the towers of Svaneti and the fantastic sceneries of Caucasus (Georgia)

The Georgian historical province of Svaneti, in the heart of Caucasus range, is worldwide known because of its amazing medieval towers, now protected as UNESCO heritages, but hosts also wonderful grounds for birding, with good populations of the most sought-after Caucasian species of birds. Continue reading “Birdwatching among the towers of Svaneti and the fantastic sceneries of Caucasus (Georgia)”

Caucasian birding in Kazbegi (Georgia)

The area of Kazbegi is usually considered the easiest way to visit the Caucasus range and to observe most of the typical Caucasian species, being not far from Tbilisi (about 3 hours of driving). I visited this place for a couple of days at the beginning of September, going birding and enjoying the amazing view of the mount Kazbek (5,047 m), the third highest mountain in Georgia.

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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”

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)”

Three days looking for orchids, birds, butterflies and moths in the Gargano

After my wonderful experience in leading two Naturetrek groups there in 2016 (link), I visited the peninsula of Gargano (Puglia) once again in April 2018, together with my friend Luca Sattin, truly a moth-man. During just three, particularly intense, days we found about 40 species and forms of orchids, 50 species of birds, 20 of butterflies and 75 of moths! Continue reading “Three days looking for orchids, birds, butterflies and moths in the Gargano”