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Birding in Italy Trip, Coastal Wetlands North of Naples
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North of Naples Birding in Italy Trip

A full-day birding in Italy trip along the northern Campania coastline visiting the most interesting wetlands of the region. Starting from Naples where we will explore a huge diversity of environments: lagoons, reedbeds, volcanic lakes and river mouths.

During the year more than 100 species of birds can be spotted here including migratory, wintering and nesting species and, often, rarities too! This area is renowned for Mozzarella and our lunch stop will give you the chance to test the best version of this cheese you will ever taste.

The first part of the birdwatching trip will be focused in identifying the highest number of species; the second part has the goal to make you enjoy a now underestimated but historically very much appreciated- area of the region: the fascinating Phlegrean Fields.

For those who would like to have a short urban birding tour, we also offer half-day trips in Naples, that, with its view on the Mediterranean Sea, its cliffs and its urban parks, offer excellent opportunities for urban birding.

In addition, we can guide you in others gems of the region as the majestic Mount Vesuvius, the Sorrento Peninsula and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. These world-famous places not only offer some of the most breathtaking landscapes of Europe but as well a very good opportunity for birding and wildlife watching.

Day 1
Morning Session: Lake Patria to Garigliano River

Early morning meeting in Naples and transfer to Lake Patria. Arrival to this coastal lake that holds every year multiple species of ducks, grebes and, in winter, loons. Observation of waders and passerines in the nearby reedbeds and flooded fields.

Italian breakfast with Cappuccino and Cornetto and transfer on the coast to a small river mouth for seawatching (high chances to spot shearwaters, gannets, skuas, gulls and terns) and waders photography.

Exploration of inland wetlands (among the highlights ferruginous duck, glossy ibis and Temmink’s stint) and transfer to Volturno river mouth birding between coastline and coastal ponds.

Day 2
Lunch

Pocket lunch of Mozzarella and local products and seawatching along the coast until the Garigliano river mouth.

Day 3
Afternoon Session: Phlegrean Fields

Return on the road to Naples and, as last stop of the journey, visit of the scenic the Phlegrean Phields Lakes, to look for Audouin’s gull and little bittern.

March to September highlights:

Ruddy shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), red-crested pochard (Netta rufina), ferruginous duck (Aythya nyorca), Scopoli’s shearwater (Calonectris diomedea), yelkouan shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan), little bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides), cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis), great egret (Ardea alba), purple heron (Ardea purpurea), white stork (Ciconia ciconia), glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), short-toed eagle (Circaetus gallicus), booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), Montagu’s harrier (Cyrcus pygargus), pallid harrier (Circus macrourus), lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus), little crake (Porzana parva), pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus), eurasian stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), collared pratincole (Glareola pratincola), kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), broad-billed sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus), Temmink’s stint (Calidris temminki), Terek sandpiper (Xenus cinereus), marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis), pomarine skua (Stercorarius pomarinus), arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus), slender-billed gull (Chroicocephalus genei), mediterranean gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus), yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis), Audouin’s gull (Ichthyaetus audouinii), gull-billed tern (Gelochelidon nilotica), caspian tern (Hydroprogne caspia), white-winged tern (Chlidonias leucopterus), whiskered tern (Chlidonias hybrida), great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius), pallid swift (Apus pallidus), alpine swift (Tachymarptis melba), eurasian hoopoe (Upupa epops), common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), european bee-eater (Merops apiaster), european roller (Coracias garrulus), crested lark (Galerida cristata), woodlark (Lululla arborea), red-rumped swallow (Cecropis daurica), tawny pipit (Anthus campestris), red-throated pipit (Anthus cervinus), common nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), black-eared wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica), blue rock thrush (Monticola solitarius), sardinian warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), spectacled warbler (Sylvia conspicillata), subalpine warbler (Sylvia cantillans), dartford warbler (Sylvia undata), zitting cisticola (Cisticola juncidis), Cetti’s warbler (Cettia cetti), great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), icterine warbler (Hippolais icterina), melodious warbler (Hippolais polyglotta), firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis), lesser grey shrike (Lanius minor), woodchat shrike (Lanius serrator), golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus), italian sparrow (Passer italiae), european serin (Serinus serinus), cirl bunting (Emberiza cirlus), corn bunting (Emberiza calandra).

October to February highlights:

Red-crested pochard (Netta rufina), ferruginous duck (Aythya nyorca), red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator), black-throated loon (Gavia arctica), black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), yelkouan shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan), northern gannet (Morus bassanus), black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis), great egret (Ardea alba), glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), hen harrier (Circus cyaneus), pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), Temmink’s stint (Calidris temminki), pomarine skua (Stercorarius pomarinus), arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus), slender-billed gull (Chroicocephalus genei), mediterranean gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus), yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis), Audouin’s gull (Ichthyaetus audouinii), common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), crested lark (Galerida cristata), woodlark (Lululla arborea), water pipit (Anthus spinoletta), bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), black redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), desert wheatear (Oenanthe deserti), blue rock thrush (Monticola solitarius), sardinian warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), mustached warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon), zitting cisticola (Cisticola juncidis), Cetti’s warbler (Cettia cetti), firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), eurasian penduline tit (Remiz pendulinus), italian sparrow (Passer italiae), european serin (Serinus serinus), cirl bunting (Emberiza cirlus), corn bunting (Emberiza calandra).

What is included?

  • Transfers from and to Naples
  • Meals (lunch and breakfast)
  • Scientific accompaniment by a professional Zoologist for the duration of the trip, with support material for wildlife observations (binoculars, spotting scope, field guides)

What is not included?

  • Beverages
  • Everything not mentioned in "What is included?"

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Why book with K' Nature?

The professional Ornithologists of K' Nature, to first one to guide international birding tours in the region, started to explore these wetlands more than 12 years ago, after all this time they know every single inch of the area (and the best mozzarella producers too!).

I have one/more particular target species, could you help me in finding it?

Sure we can! Just tell us about your dream species and, if we are in the right season, we will do our best to find them and to organize our itinerary based on your needs!

What if I am vegan or vegetarian?

Do not worry! We will organize the menu for lunch and breakfast based on your needs!

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Tour Facts

  • Campania region
  • On Request
  • Full Day Trip
  • Birds
  • 1 to 4 pax
  • 1 Day
  • all year
  • +18 years
  • Leisurely
  • English, Spanish, French, Italian
  • Naples International Airport
  • Naples International Airport