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.
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.
And also this year the couple of owls have grown their chicks, and I've been very happy watching them and their wildlife. I'm very happy to can see these amazing moment of Nature life, because I live in a small country of Italy, the Sardinia, where the man hasn't destroy everything, although he's trying to do that. But it isn't the topic of this short notes, and I prefer to talk about this fantastic birds. As others years, the couple, have had two young owls that now are big, despite they live near a farm with many animals like sheeps, cows and dogs. This time I've noticed that one of the adult had two ticks under a eye, as you can see from the picture below, and only a few plumages:
After days of remote observation and seeing that adults often were not present, I still decide for a support. Waking up in the morning is always heavy (today I woke up at 3.30), but the initial stunning lasts little and I immediately prepare myself. I arrive in the cliff 30 minutes before the runset, so I can prepare the hanging with the camouflage nets, then I sit and wait.
In this period I was following always from far, this breeding couple of common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), but a couple of weeks ago I had seen some climbers in the Cliff, and despite I was a climber I was annoyed of the situation. Infact the nest of the kestrel is on a route often used for the warm up, so I thought that the climbers would definitely use it annoying the pair of kestrels and their youngs. So uncomfortable I went away and came back in the next few days to check out what had happened and, as I imagined, there was no trace of the kestrels, or at least I could not see them anymore. Day after day, before going to work, I went to check and the kestrels were not visible and this confirmed the abandonment of the nest by the parents. When this happens, the sticks are sown by other birds (there are bugs and hooves in this cliff), but I have seen large mice and foxes, although the latter certainly can not get to the nest.