Saturday 24 May 2014

Two days in Istria

Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala
Cistus creticus
Cistus monspeliensis
Cistus salvifolius
Serapias istriaca - endemic orchid of southern Istria and Lošinj island
Serapias lingua
Spartium junceum
Back from two days of university field trip on the Istrian peninsula (Croatia). Spent most of the time botanising in wooded areas of maquis shrubland and mediterranean evergreen woodland. Still had time to squeeze in a bit of birding. Top highlights included a male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING (showing nicely on a bush - the above pics are from 2009), Bee-eater (year's first), Pallid Swift (colony), both Melodious and Icterine Warbler, Turtle Dove, Subalpine Warbler (common), Sardinian Warbler (very common), Spoonbill, Tawny Pipit, Red-backed Shrike, Stonechat, Corn, Cirl & Rock Bunting, Golden Oriole and Nightingale in every bush.