Sunday, 9 June 2013

More wetland birds

This afternoon I had a guided walk along the rocky coast between Duino/Devin and Sistiana/Sesljan which produced only a fly-by Peregrine. Before the trip I took advantage of some spare time and had a brief visit to Isola della Cona NR. The wetland was quite calm as usual in this season. Just lots of chicks and fledglings around, the most numerous being Black-winged Stilts'.
The most notable birds and the ones I was targeting most were 1 LITTLE GULL (immature) and 4 WHISKERED TERNS - both firsts of the season for me. To add a bit of interest were also 3 obliging Cuckoos flying around and calling all the time (see above), a nice drake RED-CRESTED POCHARD, 1 Ferruginous Duck and a Hobby. Otherwise more or less the usual mix of common waterbirds (including a Garganey, 28 Pygmy Cormorants, 14 Spoonbills, 2 Redshanks...).
The Bee-eater colony is in full breeding activity with something like 20 or more pairs on the sand bank in front of the first hide. In my opinion this is the best place to see a Bee-eater here. They usually come very close to the screenings and allow great views (below).
A happy colorful party