In this transition period, both meteorological and animal behavior (winter is at the door and animals are preparing to deal with it, while some have already emigrated elsewhere), it's easy to go looking for other subjects, especially regarding the landscape. In fact, looking for some beautiful glimpse to take some photos in the area of Tempio, we found ourselves in a small oak forest where some trees had big holes. Inspecting them better, one of them also had a large longitudinal split from the ground where, inside, there were a lot of pellets.
The pellets are the indigest part, bones, hairs, feathers, of the prey that are often expelled shortly before eating a new prey (I seen from a buzzard, for example), and they are like a compact and elongated feces.
As I anticipated yesterday with the kestrel I had no luck. Pratically the adults brought the food without entering into the nest and this situation made me think of the worst, that the youngs were dead or sown by other birds, how I saw today when I went to check with the binoculars in the morning. When I arrived near the cliff, I began to observe and after a few minutes I saw a jackdaw entering into the nest, and others were around, and my fears seemed to be confirmed, but soon after one of the adult kestrels arrives and send away the jackdaw, then comes also the other adult (the female) with some food, and when she enter into the nest I feel the voices of the youngs, so I am more quiet. As usual between the paws, the adults carry the lynches, a kind of little whip with very small paws, and from what they carry (on an average every 30 minutes, although not always so lucky to the kestrels) I can imagine that the area Be full, but Nature with the action of the birds of prey keeps the equilibrium system as ever.
As a good astrophilist, the Milky Way has always exerted a huge fascination, for that milky streak that makes you understand that you are part of something big, whether for the huge number of stars that makes it, stars visible above all in dark skies like here To Limbara, the highest point of northern Sardinia and from which you can enjoy a beautiful landscape.
Since the moon is not present, with our friend Fabrizio we decide to stay away from the wildlife, at least for today, and devote ourselves to the night landscape, so after several discussions we decide for Limbara, about 1300 meters high and about 1 from Sassari Hour of car. We arrive about 2 hours before sunset, so explore the area and decide where to take the shots. We have several paths available, but the rocks guide us and we come to a point where there are beautiful calcareous formations that we notice. Then we search some beautiful trees in the woods, maybe lonely, but we find nothing that satisfies us until we find a small clearing with rocks in the center and trees in the background.
Today I did not have luck with the kestrels. I don't know what is happened, but the adult didn't go in the nest while I was present. In the next days I'll check with the binoculars the situation. After I went to see a Merops apiaster colony near Alghero. This little bird, very colorful, come to Italy to nest every year from Africa giving us the opportunity to admire this splendor of nature. This year I'm delay to observe the bee eaters because I was engaged for the kestrels, so I'll try next year. Today I can only taken a photo-sequence while a bee eater was playing with some food, a butterfly...
A morning in the Nature is what I do almost every day. With these short stakeout from the car that I often find them useful, especially if you go to areas that are not very popular, like when I was able to photograph the weasel, a truly exceptional event given the conditions, and above all give me the opportunity to observe the behavior and the shift Birds of prey, birds I've always admired since childhood. Even today, for example, I saw in the distance a buzzard that was hunting in an area I know and I'm sure it nested not too far away, so it would be worth studying the shifts it does more often.