Musings and photos of wild and everyday life

Sardinia E

Moving towards the East side of SardiniaWild Lavender Gennargentu Area Sardinia, wild flowers were still in abundance.  It was brilliant to see and smell Thyme, Lavender and other herbs growing wild in the hills and especially around the Gennargentu mountains. This is a special area with pigs roaming fairly freely, birds flying great scenery and relatively few people.

The descent to Cala Gonone – our HQ for the second half of the week – is through a tunnel from Dorgali which lightens to reveal a great vista of sea, town, hills and shitch-backs.

Cala Gonone vista from Tunnel Sardinia.

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Spotless Starling Orgosolo Sardinia
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)

Being in the middle of the Med, you’d expect the birds to be a bit different.

The usual Gull is the Yellow-legged Gull (see previous post); the main crow is Hooded; the common Sparrow is of the Spanish variety and the Starlings are Spotless. Actually, the island itself is also fairly clean, although we were there before the tourist season really took off.Spanish Sparrow Male on chair back hotel

We stayed in a hotel above the North end of town with great views of the coast that also brought us closer to the cliffs and wildlife.Cala Luna & Caves S of Cala Gonone Sardinia

Easily seen wildlife included Alpine and Pallid (see previous blog) Swifts, the ubiquitous Sardinian Warbler,

Alpine Swift flying Cala Gonone Sardinia
Alpine Swift flying Cala Gonone Sardinia
Sardinian Warbler Male
Male Sardinian Warbler

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Dragonflies and Italian Wall lizards.
Italian Wall Lizard
Emperor Dragonfly Male

Cirl Buntings were also reasonably numerous and we saw a few Purple Herons
Cirl Bunting Female Orgosolo E Sardinia
Purple Heron flying Lago di Tortoli Sardiniabut I was delighted to see an Eleanora’s Falcon flying over the cliffs. Eleanoras Falcon flying,Sardinia

These have a well established and known breeding colony off the SW of the island.

There is also a Griffon Vulture colony – reasons, if needed, to return!

Cala Gonone Pier Sardinia from boat

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3 responses

  1. Absolutely stunning! Love the Lizard 🙂

    July 15, 2011 at 8:44 am

  2. Thanks a lot, Sharon. It really was a great time to be there.

    July 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

  3. Simon Lambert

    Hi Cliff,

    With Addie at Southwold hospital. She really enjoyed your letter.

    I showed here your photos on my phone, which she liked.

    She is on good form, just a shame about here legs. She isn’t able to walk although she has been standing in the past few days.

    David is coming over tonight, James, Liam, Oisin and Tracey already here.

    All the best

    Simon

    August 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm

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