Großglockner 2016

Like in 2015, around the mid of june I packed up all my photographic equipment for three days in the Hohe Tauern national park with some friends.

This year we were a little bit less fortunate with the weather and it was quite difficult to find few hours without rain or worse.

Despite this little drawback we were able to photograph a quite nice sunrise and the numerous and the friendly (somtimes a little too much) marmot near the Pasterze glacier

The Großglockner park is always a nice place to spend a weekend and I’m looking forward to pass there few more days, maybe in autumn when the colors start to change, and the warm contrast with the cold of the first snow.

The bee-eater at Isola della Cona

As has been happening for several years in this period, a few days ago bee-eaters arrived at Isola della Cona.

Usually it’s really easy observe  them from the “Piropiro” hide, just next to the “collinetta dei gruccioni” (the bee-eaters hill).

 


The European bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. It is strongly migratory, wintering in tropical Africa. This species occurs as a spring overshoot north of its range, with occasional breeding in northwest Europe.

This bird breeds in open country in warmer climates. As the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps, and hornets. They catch insects in flight, in sorties from an open perch. Before eating a bee, the European bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface. It can eat around 250 bees a day.

The most important prey item in their diet is Hymenoptera, mostly Apis mellifera. A study in Spain found that these comprise 69.4% to 82% of the European bee-eaters’ diet. Their impact on bee populations, however, is small. They eat less than 1% of the worker bees in areas where they live.

 

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