2017 Gran Paradiso, Italy

Gran Paradiso NP, Italy 28 May - 2 June


Not a dedicated wildlife watching trip; more of a chilled hill-walking trip to enable my wife to enjoy her passion for mountains. I didn’t even take a SLR and this selection of photos were taken either with my Canon HS50 ‘superzoom’ or a phone. Most of the time was spent near Valsavarenche (where we stayed) or Pont apart from one, long, walk to Pondel.



The scenery was amazing.


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The main attraction of the area for me was Alpine ibex; I’d failed to see it here, and at other sites, in the summer months. I’d been told that this was a good time and a good place. It certainly was.


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Alpine chamois and Alpine marmot were also common.


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The main attractions bird wise were wallcreeper, nutcracker, citril finch and rock bunting, which were all seen briefly. Italian sparrow gave slightly better views.


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Green lizard was seen but not photographed. Wall lizard was more cooperative.


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The insect life was amazing. I still have many things to identify. Here’s a selection of the things that I did manage to identify.  


Owly sulphur


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Black-veined white

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Scarce swallowtail



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Almond-eyed ringlet


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Nine-spotted moth


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Crucifer shieldbug


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Graphosoma italica

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Wartbiter

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I’m no botanist, but hopefully this selection of plant photos in correctly identified.


Alpine snowbell


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Burnt orchid

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Dark columbine

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Spring gentian


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Piedmont primrose


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Liotard’s star-of-Bethlehem

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St Bernard’s lily


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I’m not sure what species of pink this is. If anyone could let me know, i’d be very grateful.

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