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Lago di Alviano

Grey Heron - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

L’airone cenerino

The Grey Herons at Lago di Alviano are studious. Nothing disturbs their concentration: They are tense, waiting for that exact moment when …

Coypu - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Coypu

There’s a huge Coypu in the lake at the Lago di Alviano. I’m still shocked every time I see one.

Kingfisher - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

When the Kingfisher paid a visit

There’s a female Kingfisher on a nearby branch. I can tell it’s a female because, as they say, “It’s wearing lipstick.” Female …

Spotted Redshank - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Spotted Redshank

We spotted Spotted Redshanks a few days ago: This time I manage to get a shot of one flying. If only it …

Spoonbill - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Spoonbill flypast

From a distance it’s hard to tell all these white birds apart. There are dozens of busy Great White Egrets and Little …

Great White Egret - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Egrets

Great White Egrets are impressive birds. They are huge: I love the way the wing tips of this one are just touching …

Kingfisher - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Before and after fish

This female Kingfisher is wonderful. She’s bobbing her head, calling and peering into the water below. We’ve heard her calling from across …

Spotted Redshank - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Spotting a Spotted Redshank

There are a couple of Spotted Redshanks close by. I take a hasty photograph and smile at the acrobatic leg stretching: There’s …

Spoonbill - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Spatula

The Lago di Alviano in Italy is one of my favourite places. Whether it’s cold and foggy or bright and breezy, there’s …

Robin - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pettirosso

European Robins are fascinating. This one is the forest in Italy looks like a youngster, as it has a pale band on …

Kingfisher - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Queenfisher

I’ve just spent my birthday sitting in a small wooden shed. Last year we were here looking at Red Squirrels in the …

Nuthatch - Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Nuthatch

I’m watching a Nuthatch come in to a forest clearing in Italy and pick up sunflower seeds. They are quick. There must …

Blue Tit - Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Blue Tit in the forest

It’s beautiful light in the forest as a Blue Tit approaches: A cloud obscures the sun and the colours of this bird …

Great Spotted Woodpecker - Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Great Spotted Woodpecker

There’s a Great Spotted Woodpecker in this Italian forest. I hear the cry “Picchio Rosso Maggiore” and see it approach: This woodpecker’s …

Kingfisher - Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The King of Fishers

The views of Kingfishers I’ve had before were fleeting. A brief glimpse of a flash of a bluish-emerald jewel disappearing over the …

Robin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Robins, Robins everywhere

We’re at a nature reserve in Italy, a WWF Oasi called the Lago di Alviano. There are European Robins here and they’re …

Marsh Harrier in Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Rusty Circler

It’s still early when we reach the lake at the Lago di Alviano. It’s a place of mists and muffled sounds. There’s …

Grey Heron - Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Incoming Heron

There’s a Grey Heron incoming: I just hope it avoids the unsuspecting Pochard sleeping on the lake: And as soon as it’s …

Helvella crispa - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Elfin Saddle

We’ve taken a trip to Alviano to see the birds in the forest and on the lake. We had a fabulous time …