Saturday, 4 October 2008
Destinations: Veliko Blato - Croatia
Veliko Blato is a shallow wetland with reeds and sedge that lies tucked away on the island of Pag in Dalmatia, Croatia. It is an excellent site to see freshwater birds in an otherwise dry, barren landscape. In spring and summer there are Pygmy Cormorants, Squacco and Purple Herons, Great White and Little Egrets, Ferruginous Ducks, Garganey, Black-winged Stilts and the black-headed race of Yellow Wagtail. On spring and autumn passage parties of terns, waders and wildfowl pass through. The surrounding sheep-grazed land hosts Stone Curlew, Montagu's Harrier, Little Owl, Tawny Pipit, Woodchat Shrike, Short-toed and Crested Larks and Black-eared Wheatear. Pag can be reached via a bridge which connects its southern tip to the mainland, about 30 minutes (25 km) north of Zadar.