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my dear friend Ivan is offering his 2 seaside apartments to those interested in birdwatching, a mere 10 minutes drive from the best hotspots on the island, check them out
back again from our dream island
same situation as last year with birds flying too high for most of the day, so the best countings were done before 10 a.m. when they leave the aleppo pine trees where they usually roost or after 4 p.m. when they start looking for a place to spend the night
i won’t bother you with sheer numbers, i decided to show you a few pics just to give an idea of what the whole thing looks like
It sounds good…we’ll try that !!
And since it’s so close we’ll go for a day-trip to Cres to see the Griffon Vultures…great
our first experience was this one but it was an absolute success so i can recommend it:
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Clean rooms, great food, affordable prices – all you need…..
back from the island 2 weeks ago
we had quite a hard time spotting the birds this year since they were flying at high altitudes, especially due to perfect weather conditions; i really wonder how many we missed…
but anyway i can confirm the island should be considered a real hotspot for birds of prey on fall migration
on august 27 we saw 97 honey-buzzards in a single flock above the town of Blato !!
so it was fun as usual but i must admit the island is very big and 2 people are not enough to monitor every corner of it like it should be done
with so many hills these birds really can take-off from just about everywhere depending on the winds
so we just did what we could and enjoyed it
let’s just hope to find somebody available to help next year
as far as eleonora’s falcons, yes we saw them almost every day around the island, still we don’t know where they nest but they were not migrating, always hunting
that’s all, bye
i’m not sure if they nest there, somebody said you should see them on the cliffs above Pupnatska Luka but
we haven’t really checked…we only saw 2 of them hunting around Blato valley and Smokvica hills
we’ll be there in 3 weeks and we’ll do some searching for you
much better feeling this morning…
here’s what friend of mine had to say..:
There is no direct line from Korcula to Mostar, just one bus that drives from Korcula to Sarajevo and then stops in Mostar but this bus is not every day…they still didnt put time table for May but I think it is better to take rent a car on Korcula and to drive to Mostar…that is cca 2,5 h drive from Korcula
or try here http://www.autotrans.hr/index.php?id_page=65
Sorry, before confirming the correct timetable (which i don’t know) there’s a little work to be done
you mispelled the name of the island 5 times in your post, my friend ???
no problem, sooner or later you will note that the real name is KORCULA !
….i woke up a little acid this morning, excuse me :
so, after a week of observations at the end of august, and so many hours spent sweating in the sun, i can now say there is quite a serious amount of raptors flying over this island. great.
on august 25th we counted 248 birds, mainly Honey Buzzards, a few Black Kites and some male Marsh Harriers, it’s just a wonderful sight to see these magnificent creatures, sometimes gliding above us in flocks of 50+ birds.
still, nobody seems to care about it among the locals….they don’t know what they miss
No, unfortunately i’m not there to count them at this time of year, i don’t even know if somebody else is doing it but a friend of mine who lives there said he saw a few cranes flying by while he was working in the fields of his property a week ago…so i believe it’s not only raptors, and it must be like this; since the adriatic is crossed by flyways coming from the south of italy, all kinds of birds migrating from Africa are taking shortcuts through the sea to reach their territories so i think probably every island of the croatian archipelago might be good for spotting these beautiful wonders of the air.
As far as arranging birding trips there i really have no idea,sorry, i guess you’ll have to book a vacation over there and start looking up in the sky…))
i will be there at the end of august when they come back