Birding in Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

Last June I had the chance to guide our Salva Fauna wildlife photo tour in Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. The park is named after Gran Paradiso mountain, located in the park, and is contiguous with the Vanoise National Park in France. This tour focused on finding, watching and photographing wildlife for 3 full days. Of course we spent a lot of time with the Alpine Ibex, the Chamois, the Marmots, etc. but we also looked for birds and we ended up having fantastic sightings and photo opportunities. Salva Fauna tours are not designed for twitching. We insist more of taking time to admire each bird we find. Nevertheless, we do enjoy seeing many birds and we always hope to show a lot to our guests.

Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)

Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)

Gran Paradiso National Park is home to more than 100 bird species, including the Golden Eagle and the Bearded Vulture, which are probably the two most charismatic bird species of the Alps. We saw both species several times, including an incredible time where a Bearded Vulture flew across the valley and got chased by a Golden Eagle. They fought in the air for a minute. It was incredible!

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)