Diary of a nature photographer
Study, monitoring, research and photography about the Nature

Looking for Sardinian deer

Last year for the first time I managed to make a couple of shots of a Sardinian deer during the season of loves (season that starts in September generally), when the male to attract the female emits special guttural sounds similar to a roar (but which reminds me of a poorly digested digestion) called brambles. Since the experience was interesting this year, we decided to try again on Mount Lerno, that of the photo, near Pattada, a typical Sardinian country famous for the Pattadesi, a tipical Sardinian kinfe..

Arrival as it is always at dawn and after leaving the car drives us to the area where they are most visible (according to the forest guards), and after the first bramit in the distance we are very confident for some sighting. But time passes between the wind and the temperature not really summer, to those heights we are forced to cover up and repair it behind some rock.
In the meantime, we hear some close-knit bushes. Let's look at the binoculars because we seem to see some movement in the dense vegetation, but nothing for sure, it could be just the wind or some passing bird.

Time passes but at the end of the Sardinian deer there is no trace. The area is definitely suitable because we have seen many of its excrements and fingerprints, but as always with wild animals, you are never sure to see them close enough, so at about lunch time we go away.

PS. Not that we were disappointed with the failure, but to refocus, we went to Oschiri to buy the panadas .... I obviously took those stuffed vegetables, and since they were still hot I did not give him a truce If you come from those parts I advice you because there is a small shop selling panadas to craftsmanship

Next time !!

A day in the nature

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.

A day in the nature #04/06/2017

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.

The hunt of a bee-eater #03/06/2017

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...

And I hope to take some new photo next time.

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