Day 3 in a Sicilian nature reserve

Up at 6am, as usual.
There’s a cold wind this morning. I have on four layers plus my winter fleece lined coat.

Lots of bird life instantly. We stay in the reserve all day. From sunrise until sunset. There is always something lovely to watch throughout the day, busy bees amongst the fabulous wildflowers, ants carrying petals, warblers warbling.

Towards sunset, when all the insects and lizards have gone to bed, and the passerines become less visible in the shadows of shrubs, suddenly there is a new show to watch. As the midges rise up, the midge hunters arrive in their hundreds. Alpine swifts with their long elegant wings, gliding through the air. And house martins, dashing about amongst the swifts with their shorter stubby wings.
To me, the martins appear to break suddenly, swerve, and maybe even reverse.. Amazing energy and acrobats go into the capture of each wee midge. As these two species are gliding and dashing about the sky, the lowering sun reflects off their white bellies. They look like diamonds in the sky.

Bird list:
Alpine swift
Blue tit
Chiff chaff
Collared dove
Great tit
Hooded crow 
Peregrine falcon
European robin
Rock dove
Sardinian warbler
Spanish sparrow
Wood pigeon
Yellow-legged gull

Plus: Lots of large whites, and a huge yellow butterfly. Oh and fox poo on a shrub.. Sent using BlackBerry® from Orange


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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One Response to Day 3 in a Sicilian nature reserve

  1. Giovanni says:

    Ciao Olivia!
    how are you? I’ve read your blog, it’s very very beauty and interesting!!

    Giovanni Cumbo


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