Sunday, 30 December 2012

The Fen Tiger is back

Another sunny day spent on the coast doing some high quality birding. The above Bittern was a major star - seen on the river Timava at Lisert when the tide was low and the bird came out of the reedbed.
The area also held 2 SLAVONIAN GREBES on the sea, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Common Eider, a few Red-breasted Mergansers and a Peregrine passing overhead. The usual Alpine Chamoises were spotted on the nearby mount Grmada and the estuary part of the Timava held a nice gathering of 20 Curlews on the exposed mudflats.
Also cool to find a WALLCREEPER on the Duino cliffs (TS), literally overlooking the sea. It was very far, but well enjoyed through the scope. Nearby and adult Peregrine was perching on a rock, while a Sardinian Warbler was chatting in a nearby evergreen bush. The sea here held an additional Red-throated Diver and a quick count revealed at least 58 Common Eiders swimming among the buoys (in front of Duino's castle).
Otherwise pretty much the same as the previous days with: 1 drake SMEW, 3 Flamingos (juvs), 3 Scaups, 10 Goldeneyes still present in Valle Cavanata NR; and +10 Velvet Scoters, 3 SLAVONIAN GREBES, 7 Black-throated Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe in the Gulf of Panzano near Monfalcone.
Here and there also a ringtail Hen Harrier flying past.