Saturday, 5 August 2017

Croatia Stuff

Pale Shoulder
Just back from a wonderful family holiday in Croatia (based in Pula on the Istrian peninsula), which included a day-trip to Venice. It was extremely hot and birds were hard to come by, but as always a few bits and pieces were seen during my early morning strolls around the hotel. True to form I've not yet managed to identify everything and would appreciate any help.

Feathered Footman

Looks like Gatekeeper but is it........? Edit - presumed Small Heath - thanks for putting me straight Spencer!


Red-veined Darter - many thanks to Tim for the identification.

Spotted Fritillary

Juvenile Shag (desmarestii)

Least Riband Wave - Idaea rubraria

Jay - one of the commonest species where we were staying.

Hooded Crow


Eastern Subalpine Warbler (albistriata) - the commonest warbler species seen.

Red-backed Shrike - juvenile.

Blue sp - possibly Adonis?

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Mallow Skipper or similar species.

Scarce Swallowtail

Yellow-legged Gulls - Venice


Euchromius superbellus

Eutelia adulatrix

Metacrambus carectellus

Waste Grass-veneer - Pediasia contaminella

Juvenile (left) and adult Hoopoe

Adult male and juv Red-backed Shrike.

Adult male and juv Serin

Spotted Sulphur

Continental (I presume) Swallowtail

Oak Hook-tip or very similar sp.

Aporodes floralis

White Wagtail

The Amah - Dysauxes famula

Pyralid sp


  1. Looking forward to hearing more about it! Sounds like a great holiday ...

  2. Hi Nick - yep it was really good. Hopefully see you soon. Matt

    1. Definite Red-veined Darter in there Matt. Yellow pterostigma are clearly visible. Hope you had nice holiday!

    2. Many thanks Tim - much appreciated. All the best. Matt

  3. Great photos. Croatia is on my list of places to visit and I love Venice. Been twice and love it. Looking at you photos. I would agree with all your butterflies but I think your Gatekeeper is a Small Heath