Saturday, 21 July 2018

Sardinia 2018

Have just been on a Naturetrek trip to Sardinia with the main focus being on dragonflies but covered all other aspects of nature as well.  The island is very pleasant and the two trips to offshore islands were very good.  The food was particularly good except at the third hotel where it was a bit bland and the beer was twice as expensive as the other hotels.

The weather wasn't particularly great and on one day it nearly rained all day.

I got all the lifers I was expecting to see except for one which was a bit disappointing - Green Hooktail.  I did see Island Bluetail (you couldn't miss them), Dark Spreadwing and Banded Groundling.

From a reptile point of view I did see the very pretty Italian and Tyrrhenian Wall Lizards.

Butterflies included great views of Two-tailed Pasha and four new species for me: Corsican Heath, Corsican Dappled White, Long-tailed Blue and Nettle-tree Butterfly.

Birds were a bit thin on the ground as expected but we had a nice variety including my first Barbary Partridge (in flight in front of the bus).  The number of Scops Owls calling at the 2nd hotel was amazing.  It was nice to see Audouin's Gull again.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Portugal (September 2017)

Just come back from a good trip to SW Portugal with Naturetrek.

I good cross section of species as well as some new dragonflies including Black Percher, Long Skimmer and Iberian Bluetail.

Fabulous views of a new bird for me: Great Shearwater on a pelagic out of Sagres

Here are a selection of photos:

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Camargue (5-12th July 2017)

Just came back from a very pleasant trip to the Camargue in search of dragonflies and birds with Naturetrek.

I saw one new species of bird for me - a fly over Pin-tailed Sandgrouse

Fared better with new dragonflies which were:
  • Orange-spotted Emerald
  • Copper Demoiselle
  • White Featherlegs
  • Large Pincertail
  • Yellow Clubtail
  • Western Spectre
  • Pronged Clubtail 
  • Mediterranean Bluet

Here is a selection of my better photos: