Colli Euganei, the range of vulcanic hills in the west of Padua, are one of the best sites where to find a large variety of orchids, but in autumn, like other places in Veneto, the area hosts just a blooming species: the Lady’s-tresses Orchid (Spiranthes spiralis). Continue reading “Last butterflies and orchids in the Colli Euganei”
The Isonzo river signs, on many aspects, a border between the North-italian plains of Po valley and the Balkan ranges that connect the Karst with Dinaric Alps and Dalmatia. That’s why the Trieste and Karst area is so special in Italy, because is often nearer to Slovenia and Croatia, about flora and fauna, than to the remaining part of the peninsula.
I visited the area in order to localize a couple of dalmatian lizards that here reach their north-eastern limit of distribution, but I enjoyed there the very rich avifauna as well. Continue reading “Lizards and birding along the Trieste Gulf”
This year I visited in total 3 times the Asolo hills (“Colli Asolani”), in Treviso province, during the second half of August, when since 1994 an increasing number of birdwatchers meet to count the raptors on fall migration. The usual number of counted birds, in about 3 weeks each year, was between 6,000 and 12,000, but in 2017 the migration was different, with a number of migrants much lower than usual (almost 4,000 birds), probably because of a different flyway taken, apparently far from the hills. Continue reading “Raptors and butterflies in the Colli Asolani”
The second half of summer is always one of the slowest times of the year for birdwatching, with very secretive and silent birds and a very low number of migrants and eventual vagrants. So it has been a great surprise to have a so amazing day in Valle Vecchia of Caorle (Venice/Venezia province) right in the middle of August, with almost 90 species of birds observed!
I spent in the Royal Pensee Garden Resort, 22 km south of El Qoseir (also known as El Quseir or Quseir, القصير in arabic) a week. During this time I had the possibility to evaluate rather clearly the “naturalistic potential” of the hotel and the surrounding area, going birding and snorkeling most of the time. Continue reading “Wildlife around the Royal Pensee Garden Resort (Egypt)”
With the friends Menotti Passarella and Gianfranco Colombo I had the honour to be in the first Italian team to participate to the International birding race called “Champions of the Flyway”. It’s a very clever idea to involve teams from all over the world to enjoy Israeli nature and compete in observing the higest number of birds in a day on one hand, but also a big fundraising in which the teams compete as well in order to keep the attention and to provide a concrete help to the fight against the illegal killing of birds in different hot coutries. Continue reading “The first Italian team at Champions of the Flyway (Israel)”
Lastovo, also known in Italian with the ancient name of “Langosta”, is one of the most outer island of Dalmatian arcipelago, in Croatia, and, because of its size and position (about 55 km far from Croatian mainland, but also 110 km far from the Italian coast), it has rather limitated biodiversity, but also some insular specialities: what I’ve found interesting were particularly reptiles, with some gorgeous colourful morphs. Continue reading “Lastovo and its gorgeous lizards”