Birding in Boboli Gardens, Florence

Birding in Boboli Gardens, Florence

When:  December 2016                         Weather: Cold, 5-10C

Nikon P900.  Leica M240  35 Summilux

As we stayed right opposite the Palazzo Pitti, the home of the Medicis, it was a no brainer to visit the Boboli Gardens which is part of the whole Pitti Palace. Walking through the building, you emerge into a vast open space leading up a hill…

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the Boboli Gardens

 

At 9 in the morning on a cold winter’s day, the place was nigh deserted and it was like walking in a private garden. The bird life was not plentiful but there were a few interesting sightings and not a little birdsong…

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Grey Heron perched at the first fountain

 

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grey heron head in detail

 

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High class birdwatching amongs the classical statues of the Boboli Gardens…here the statue of Neptune and his trident

 

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wood pigeon

 

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wood pigeon

 

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domestic pigeon

 

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I’ve never seen such fat pigeons before!

 

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the views of Firenze from the top of Boboli are worth the climb….

 

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there were European sparrows of course

 

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and the common EUropean Starling is spectacular when it catches the light

 

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and again…

 

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just a common blackbird…

 

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under the wintery Tuscan sun

 

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and the walks in the gardens were lit beautifully by the morning sun

 

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terrible picture of pied wagtail

 

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and then this lttle brown job hopped into view

 

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my favourite bird of the morning….the European Robin…common in europe but never seen in tropical climes..

 

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just a gorgeous little fella that made my day

 

Winter birding in Florence is not very productive but still not bad….and to have these wonderful gardens in the heart of Firenze as a green lung away from the shops and museums is just liberating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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