2018Croatia

Croatia 2018


27 May - 2 June


The annual walking holiday without the children proved to be very successful on the wildlife front if rather hot for the walking bit. Definitely recommend as a laid-back spot to take a non-birding partner. We stayed at Cavtat and apart from the day trip to Dubrovnik (easily reached by regular, reasonably-priced ferries) we were almost never out of sight from the airport.



Cavtat



Dubrovnick



Sniježnica  area


Although these trips are not dedicated wildlife trips, I did have a good reason for ‘guiding’ Michelle towards this area for our holiday and that was it was home to a new bird for me: rock partridge. It took me several attempts but I did eventually see one calling, somewhat distantly.



Other birds included blue rock thrush, black-eared wheatear,


black-headed bunting



eastern orphean warbler,



sombre tit


Golden orioles, lots of subalpine warblers, alpine choughs and short-toed eagle.


Reptile watching was good. Unfortunately the superb glass worms proved too quick for me to get a photo, which was very frustrating.


Balkan green lizard



Dalmatian green lizard



Italian wall lizard (Dubrovnik)



Balkan terrapin



The butterfly watching was good.

southern comma


two-tailed pasha




ilex hairstreak



Idas blue


marbled skipper


great sooty satyr



southern white admiral



Balkan marbled white



large tortoiseshell



swallowtail

scarce swallowtail



Dragonfly watching was particularly good along the river near Gruda and in the hills below Sniježnica and near the river close to Gruda


The highlight was Balkan goldenring.

I think this may be Balkan emerald but I’m not sure.


small pincertail

white-legged damselfly


green-eyed hawker



blue-eyed hawker



Croatia turned out to be good for Orthoptera but, as is usually the case, identifying them wasn’t easy due to the lack of reference materials. These should all be considered tentative identifications


Schmidt’s marbled bush-cricket Eupholidoptera schmidti



Pholidoptera dalmatica                                  



Dalmatian Saddle Bush-cricket Ephippiger discoidalis


Chabrier’s bush-cricket,  Eupholidoptera chabrieri



Great green bush cricket Tettigonia viridissima


A few other attractive  invertebrates were seen. Hopefully the identifications are correct.


narrow rose-banded wave

Rynocoris iracundus


Calosoma sycophanta



Graphosoma semipunctatum


Philaeus chrysops


Chafer sp.




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