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Old Sunday 21st February 2010, 21:55   #1
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RFI - Abruzzo National Park, Italy

Hi all,

I'm going to Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo for a week in late May.

My key birding target is lilfordi White-backed Woodpecker, and I'd really appreciate any advice for finding this species in Abruzzo - anyone any suggestions, or had any luck themselves?

In addition, I'd like to try for both Marsican Brown Bear and Apennine Wolf - I understand there is a 'viewpoint' new a church somewhere?? Again, any and all suggestions much appreciated.

Many thanks in advance for any and all help!
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Old Sunday 21st February 2010, 23:54   #2
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Hi. I will post some advices litte by little I will find them.
Your target woodpecker is to be found in the clearings of the forests of the Foro Valley, near the village of Pretoro, Maiella National Park:
http://www.comune.pretoro.ch.it/inde...-del-foro.html
Good places also for wolves:
http://www.comune.pretoro.ch.it/inde...a-pretoro.html
Photo of the site on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/helios_...er/3007802208/
Pretoro village:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/helios_...er/3007802202/
See the attached map.
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Photos of the woodpecker taken in Abruzzo Nat. park (unknown site):
http://www.argonauti.org/birds/speci...iodorsobn.html

Another site good for the woodpecker: the "Zompo-lo-Schioppo" nat. reserve:
http://www.schioppo.aq.it/index.jsp?id=19&id_s=4
See the attached map of the Zompo lo Schioppo reserve

Bear, wolf and woodpecker to be found in the "Bosco della Difesa" (Difesa forest), inside the Abruzzo Nat. Park.:
http://www.ecotur.org/escursioni/Bosco-della-Difesa.htm
Youtube video on Bosco della Difesa:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvewtToeqm0
RFI on Bosco della Difesa in the village of Pescasseroli
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Many thanks for your suggestions foxsparrow!

I imagine the roads in this area are slow - I'm staying near Sulmona; would you know which is best to drive to from there? Thanks!

Any other ideas and suggestions much appreciated.
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Hi VC65_Birder

There's a fair bit of information on the park in Opus which might be of use to you.

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Old Sunday 14th March 2010, 20:11   #6
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Hi VC65_Birder

There's a fair bit of information on the park in Opus which might be of use to you.

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Thanks a lot for the suggestion Delia, appreciate your input. Unfortunately, the information in your 'opus' is very generic - I was hoping for real detail about these very hard to find, but possible to see, species.

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That's OK VC65_Birder I've linked this thread to the article particularly for the very useful information from Foxsparrow.

If you manage to do a trip report when you get back, that could be linked as well.

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Old Monday 15th March 2010, 10:42   #8
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Many thanks for your suggestions foxsparrow!

I imagine the roads in this area are slow - I'm staying near Sulmona; would you know which is best to drive to from there? Thanks!

Any other ideas and suggestions much appreciated.
To go to Pretoro: from Sulmona to Chieti, and from Chieti to Pretoro.
To go to Zompo lo Schioppo: From Sulmona to Avezzano, and from Avezzano to Morino (see this map:
http://www.abruzzovacanze.info/l-aquila-cascate.asp
To go to the Bosco della Difesa near Pescasseroli: from Sulmona to Pescasseroli via Roccaraso...
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Thanks once agani Foxsparrow! Much appreciated.

No worries Delia - I'll write some notes should I get lucky!
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Trip Report

Draft of trip report attached - thanks for all help
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That’s a very well written and comprehensive report. Hopefully I will be getting my own trip sorted in the next few weeks.
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Nice report - great to hear that seeing a top mammal like Bear can be so straightforward!

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Thanks for posting the report. Definitely gone on the must do list.
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