Day 2 in a Sicilian nature reserve

This morning Anna and I took a spectacular four hour hike around the reserve. The views, in every direction, were spectacular. The wildflower overwhelmed me. Flowers flowers everywhere. In every colour of the rainbow.
We met a herd of Sicilan mountain cows. Rusty brown and shaggy, with cute wee horns. We came across a dead sheep, lizards, butterflies (small blue, large white, orange tip, red admiral) and I saw my first booted eagle, heading over the bay, mobbed by gulls.

Bird list:
Alpine swift
Bonelli’s eagle
Booted eagle
Collared dove
Great tit
Hooded crow
House martin
Rock dove
Yellow-legged gull

I also made a new acquaintance. A dog called Whiskey. Sent using BlackBerry® from Orange IMG01278-20130402-1154 IMG01277-20130402-1035 IMG01282-20130402-1333 IMG01283-20130402-1404 IMG01287-20130402-1450


About Olivia N Masi

From art college drop-out, to office space-planner, to back-packer, to air stewardess, to brolly babe, to model agent, to wildlife conservationist. How? I've always believed in jumping at every opportunity that comes my way. This has taken me along some bizarre career paths. None of which I regret. I have been to amazing places and met fascinating people. And having worked in the motor sport industry I've sadly experienced too many beloved friends take one adrenalin step too many. I think of them always. I've hung out with pop-stars, sports personalities, and millionaires. I reached a point when nothing but VIP would do. And then something happened. My pops passed away and I felt the need to reconnect with my Italian side. Whilst in Italy, I learnt to be resourceful, to recycle everything, to listen to the valley, to grow my own veg, to catch and tame feral cats, and to follow my heart. My heart led me to a desire to save this beautiful Earth, and all the wonderful life upon it. And so I read, and then I studied with the Open University. I suddenly found myself accepted on a BSc in Wildlife Conservation, having left school with pitiful qualifications. So here I am. A qualified Wildlife Conservationist. A scientist I suppose. I love nothing more than to listen to birdsong, and watch, learn and photograph wildlife. So here is to me getting the perfect job where I can contribute to saving one of Earth's beautiful species. Do I miss the glamour of the old life? The VIP lifestyle? The petrol-head adrenalin? The buzz of being a successful business owner? Only occasionally. Though it seems more like the distant dreams of a previous life.
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