Sunday, 3 April 2011
SHORT-EARED OWL finally (!!)
And finally came that day... the day of my first SEO! At 9.30 am, while checking the Lazzaretto bay (half in Slovenia and half in Italy) for seabirds, a SHORT-EARED OWL materialised in the sky over the bay. It arrived from SE and flew just in front of us giving great views (with its deep, elastic wingbeats)... but then it didn't continue towards NW, but headed out in the open sea (SW). Great bird!
The area itself held a nice variety of seabirds. A Black-throated Diver (winter plumage) was present in the bay, along with some Black-necked and Great Crested Grebes, 4-5 Red-breasted Mergansers, + 3 Med Gulls (breeding plumage) and a fantastic RED-NECKED GREBE...with in fact a red neck (complete breeding plumage)! On a nearby anchored boat 4 Common Sandpiper were kind of "roosting", while a Serin and some Cirl Buntings were singing.
Škocjanski zatok - by the way sighting: a CORN BUNTING heard singing in the fields out of the reserve (Srmin). Some House Martins flying overhead.
Local patch: at about 8.00 in the morning as I was leaving home a nice HOOPOE flew over Viale Miramare (in suburban habitat).
The pic above is by Igor Maiorano, taken some years ago on the island of Lapmedusa (Italy).