Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Short-toed Eagle ONCE AGAIN!

Today I had in plan to visit the Karst in the morning (for raptors) and the wetlands in the afternoon for waders and any other migrants. The first part went well...the second not so much. Due to the lack of water in the freshwater marsh at Isola della Cona there were few waders left...

Let's say that I enjoyed more the morning with the raptors. Of course it was also nice to see the large variety of common migrants.

So, for a start - Campo Carri near Banne (TS) in the morning produced: 5 Black Redstarts, 3 TREE PIPITS on passage, 6 Woodlarks, 1 PEREGRINE (spotted soaring overhead several times), 10 Whinchats, 3 Northern Wheatears, 1 juvenile SHORT-TOED EAGLE hunting over the grassland (giving great views, especially when "hanging" - see pics above). It continued to hunt in the area for about 30 minutes, then headed eastwards. After 20 more minutes I could see it again over my head! Then also: 1 juv Tawny Pipit, 1 juv Red-backed Shrike, 1 Coal Tit, Rock Bunting and 2-3 Pied Flycatchers (in the cover of the trees).


Later at Lisert (GO): 2 Pied Flycatchers, 1 Common Tern, 4 Gadwalls, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Curlews and among them 1 WHIMBREL, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Northern Wheatears, 3 Nightingales, Blackcaps calling and 1 juv Red-backed Shrike.

For lunchtime I headed to Isola della Cona. Funny enough, I came here to see waterbirds...but perhaps the best birds were 2 SHORT-TOED EAGLES (again!!) soaring and hunting over the freshwater marsh. One was clearly an adult (dark hood, lots of streaking on the underparts and lack of some primaries), the other one probably a juvenile. They drifted together over the river Isonzo, towards Terranova.

Other birds of interst were: 1 female Marsh Harrier, Water Rail singing, 2 Spotted Redshanks, 27 Greenshanks, 1 ad Marsh Sandpiper (moulting to winter plumage), 7 Snipes, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 8 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, Tree Pipit (heard), lots of Garden Warblers and Pied Flycatchers along the path, 2 juv Little Stints, 181 Wigeons ("moult-gathering"), some Bee-eaters still around, 1 Curlew, 18 Gadwalls, 110 Teals, 1 Kingfisher, Reed Warbler, 2 female GARGANEY, 2 female Pintail, 1 female Kestrel hunting over the marsh, 1 WRYNECK on a bush (nice one!), 2 Green Sandpipers and 1 Buzzard.

The adult Short-toed Eagle from Isola della Cona: