To the north of the Gargano peninsula on the Adriatic coast of Italy, the three islands that form this group are important for breeding seabirds and attract many migrants.
The largest island, San Domino, has typical Mediterranean maquis and areas of Aleppo Pine woodland. The smaller islands, San Nicola and the uninhabited Capraia, are rockier with much less vegetation.
Pallid Swift also breeds. Eleonora's Falcon formerly bred but now occurs only on passage as well as Western Honey Buzzard and Western Marsh Harrier with small numbers of other raptors. Passerine migrants include flycatchers, warblers and shrikes.
Birds you can see here include:
Cory's Shearwater, Yelkouan Shearwater, Western Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Red-footed Falcon, Northern Hobby, Eleonora's Falcon, Yellow-legged Gull, Pallid Swift, Tree Pipit, Eurasian Robin, Song Thrush, Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, European Pied Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrike
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Access and Facilities
These islands are becoming increasingly popular with tourists and San Nicola can be reached by ferry from Termoli and Rodi Garganico.
There are also regular boats between San Nicola and San Domino. April to mid-June is the best time to visit with the widest range of birds present.
Content and images originally posted by Steve