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

41 Species observed:
Mallard, Pygmy Cormorant, Little Bittern, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Little Egret, Squacco Heron, Montagu’s Harrier, Common Buzzard, Eurasian Coot, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Pigeon, European Turtle-Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Common Cuckoo, Common Swift, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Kestrel, Red-backed Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Hooded Crow, Crested Lark, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Common House Martin, Great Reed Warbler, Eurasian Blackcap, Subalpine Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Blue Rock Thrush, Black-eared Wheateater, Eurasian Blackbird, European Starling, Black-headed Bunting, Corn Bunting, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, European Linnet, European Serin, Spanish Sparrow

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