Birding Croatia (May 2016)

It was very difficult to find a private guide for Croatia to assist us from birding from the port of Zadar.  We eventually found out that we could only hire a guide from a tour operator and the one who would assist was “Val’s Tours”.  Nothing against the process, but it was challenging, as there was no direct communication with the guide.

The weather, just like Slovenia the day before was miserable and the guide did not seem so keen to take us out birding – unlike the enthusiastic, optimistic guide from Slovenia.  In fact, he seemed rather pretentious and we felt “dumbed down” by being with him.  Eventually, as the day began to clear from the cold, wet, rain – our guide’s demeanour began to change for the better as well.   If we were to return to Croatia, we would not pursue birding on a private tour, as it was the most expensive tour of our entire trip and the one that lacked lustre from our guide.

Overall, we had good birding and appreciated the birds that were seen.  We saw 41 birds in total.  Birding was conducted at Vransko Lake and the surrounding area of small villages.

What was most interesting about our travels in Europe, that unlike North / Central America birding, no follow up checklists are provided.   Thankfully, I ask questions and mark down what we have observed or heard, but I find it interesting that assistance with checklists are not provided – which is definitely different than birding the Western Hemisphere.dsc_8367-x2

Taxonomic Location S/P Date
1 Mallard Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
2 Pygmy Cormorant Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
3 Little Bittern Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
4 Gray Heron Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
5 Purple Heron Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
6 Little Egret Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
7 Squacco Heron Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
8 Montagu’s Harrier Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
9 Common Buzzard Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
10 Eurasian Coot Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
11 Yellow-legged Gull Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
12 Rock Pigeon Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
13 European Turtle-Dove Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
14 Eurasian Collared-Dove Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
15 Common Cuckoo Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
16 Common Swift Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
17 Eurasian Hoopoe Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
18 European Bee-eater Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
19 Eurasian Kestrel Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
20 Red-backed Shrike Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
21 Woodchat Shrike Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
22 Hooded Crow Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
23 Crested Lark Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
24 Bank Swallow Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
25 Barn Swallow Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
26 Common House-Martin Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
27 Great Reed-Warbler Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
28 Eurasian Blackcap Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
29 Subalpine Warbler Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
30 Spotted Flycatcher Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
31 Blue Rock-Thrush Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
32 Black-eared Wheatear Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
33 Eurasian Blackbird Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
34 European Starling Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
35 Black-headed Bunting Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
36 Corn Bunting Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
37 European Greenfinch Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
38 European Goldfinch Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
39 Eurasian Linnet Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
40 European Serin Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
41 Spanish Sparrow Vransko jezero HR-13 14 May 2016
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