Musings and photos of wild and everyday life

Sardinia NW

This is a place I always wanted to visit and it didn’t dissapoint.Alghero & coast Sardinia from South  It is an island in the middle of the Med which has managed to keep its charm despite growing tourism.

Lesser Kestrel M NW Coast Sardinia nr StintinoWherever you go there are birds and if you go in early summer, the weather is great – not too hot and the the island is still green.  We started our week in the NW, based in Alghero.  Nearby are a number of good places to watch birds, especially just to the North.

Apart from the sunshine, birds  and brilliant views, what struck us was the amount of wild flowers.

Wild Flowers & coast S of Alghero Sardinia

Birdwise, it was not hard to see many birds in the NW including  Lesser Kestrel, Squacco Heron, Little Egret, Black-winged Stilt and Marsh Harrier.

Squacco Heron flying over marsh NW SardiniaLittle Egret flying over marsh & Black-winged Stilt NW SardiniaMarsh Harrier F flying over marsh NW SardiniaRelatively common were Spotted Flycatchers  as well as Swifts while Bee-eaters could be seen in the country-side.Spotted Flycatcher Calabona Hotel Alghero SardiniaBee-eater on wire NW Sardinia

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Pallid Swift flying Alghero SardiniaBoth Alpine and Pallid Swifts can be seen chasing flies in the air.

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The common Gulls here are Yellow-legged and I was pleased to see Little Terns.
Yellow-legged Gull scratching Stintino Sardinia
Little Tern at saline pool NW Sardinia

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It’s a place you would like to visit with a long lens, tripod and more birding time. Sun setting from Calabona Hotel Alghero SardiniaLighthouse on Capo Caccia from boat

On the other hand, the beautiful scenery, caves, coast and unspoilt nature makes it a great place for a combined holiday / bird trip.Formations in Grotto di Nettuno NW Sardinia

Alghero Sardinia from S at twilight

Alghero Sardinia from South at twilight

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One response

  1. Cliff, it looks gorgeous there! Great photos 🙂

    July 15, 2011 at 8:41 am

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