Saturday, 18 February 2012

Eagle Owl getting horny!







The Eagle Owl just out of the town of Trieste showed extremely well this afternoon. As shown in the above pictures, the male sang for nearly half an hour in full view on its favoured perches (a rock and a bush). The extensive white throat-patch was really obvious and looked huge when it delivered the song. It's always an incredible sight!

The rest of the day was spent wandering a bit around, without seeing that much movement. Earlier in the morning, the best sightings from the area around Staranzano-Bistrigna, Isola della Cona and Valle Cavanata included: about +2000 White-fronted Geese feeding on the mudflats (very distant), as well as some on the fields, 5 Tundra Bean Geese, a beautiful male Hen Harrier hunting by the roadside, a female Goshawk, several Red-breasted Mergansers and Goldeneyes on the sea and about 100 Common Gulls on the shore, Penduline Tits, Marsh Harrier ect.
On the Karst 2 Black Woodpeckers were of interest, along with 24 Greylag Geese migrating very high over the mount Stena (15.58 - heading N), a few Woodlarks, 2 Firecrests, 1 Fieldfare, Rock Buntings, Raven, Marsh Tits and so on.