4/1/2015. Black winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and reflections from Ermita del Rocío, Coto Doñana National Park, Spain. The immense wetland of Coto Doñana is an exception in Europe: an incredibly vast landscape rich in biodiversity and resulted from centuries of interactions between human activities and the unpredictability of the Guadalquivir river. The town of El Rocio, built just beside a wetland inhabited by waterbirds, is one of the symbols of this relationship. However, such balance is now endangered by new and unsustainable agricultural practices, that steal an excessive amount of water, by pollution and by the construction of new roads.
18/3/2009. The white-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala) is a typical wetland species of the Mediterranean basin and South-Eastern Asia. In the last decades, it experienced a strong decline, because of habitat destruction and hybridization with the introduced Ruddy duck. In Spain, where I took this picture, it is considered and endangered species, and only ca. 2000 individuals have been censused during the last years.
3/8/2002. Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) in Prespa National Park (Greece), where the species has its largest colony (1000+ pairs). It is classified as "vulnerable" by the IUCN and experienced a strong decline, mainly due tu poaching, habitat destruction and collision with power lines. [scanned slide]
28/4/2014, Extremadura. The dehesa is a typical element of the Spanish landscape, a oak "savannah" managed by man, that turned into a very important habitat for many keystone species, suchas the rabbit and several raptors.
29/5/2014. Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) and Black vultures (Aegypius monachus). Both species share similar food habits and have in Spain their main European stronghold, but their trends are quite different: while the first one is migratory and is declining, especially in Southern Spain, the second one is increasing, also thanks to reintroduction projects.
11/4/2014. Two males Great bustard displaying in the Spanish steppes, where the species has its main stronghold.
20/2/2015. Los Centenares, an abandoned village in Sierra de Segura. The abandonment of rural areas in favor of big cities is triggering huge changes in the Spanish landscape.
3/8/2003. Craco, a village in Basilicata (Southern Italy), has been abandoned in the 60's because of collapse risk.
11/6/2013. Mass urbanization is destroying the Mediterranean coastline. This is even more evident in Spain, where unspoiled stretches are very rare. Here you can see the city of Benidorm.
24/10/2013. In the souck of Marrakech (Morocco) and in the nearby Jemaa el-Fna square is very easy to find a huge number of protected and/or endangered wildlife species, illegally kept, under really stressful conditions, in order to attract tourists, like this Mediterranean chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon).
17/10/2013. A road killed Fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) in the Western Sahara. the increasing network of asphalted road is a big threat to desert wildlife.
8/8/2008. Illegal items resulted from poached animals and confiscated in the Atlanta airport (USA).
13/12/2012. Petrohué river, Chile. The western side of Southern Andes, in the Chilean Patagonia, host one of the most spectacular and mighty rivers of the planet. Such ecosystem is under threat for the planning of giant dams, but fortunately it seems that for the moment their construction has been halted.
6/1/2013, O’Higgins glacier, Chile. In the last decades this glacier moved backwards several kilometers in response to climate change, and unfortunately during my visit such loss was very evident, not only for the falling ice you can see in the picture, but especially for the now ice-free shores of the lake, barren and with no vegetation.
24/1/2013. Bariloche, Argentina. Researchers handling an adult male Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) before its relase, after attaching a transmitter and an accelerometer to study the behaviour of this endangered species.
21/7/2008. A herpetologist identifying a John Meyer’s anole (Norops johnmeyeri) during a biodiversity survey in Cusuco National Park (Honduras).
30/6/2007. Alien species are among the major threats to biodiversity worldwide. Here you can see several brook trouts (Salvelinus fontinalis) photographed in a lake of Gran Paradiso National Park (Italian Alps). These fishes have been introduced in the 70’s for recreational purpose, and it has been now demonstrated that they cause serious damages to the native species of high altitude lakes. Therefore, an ongoing project is eradicating them from the lakes, in order to restore the original community of invertebrates and amphibians.
7/4/2002. A pseudoscorpion Hadoblothrus gigas in a cave of Salento (Southern Italy). Very often caves are the habitat of particularly adapted species with a pretty unknown distribution. I took this picture in a previously unknown location for the species. [scanned slide]
19/10/2013. A cricket warbler (Spiloptila clamans) in Aouserd (Western Sahara). This bird has been discovered only recently in this region, being previously considered only as a sub-Saharan species. The Sahara desert holds a rich but still pretty unknown biodiversity.
6/8/2008. The osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is a cosmopolitan species, but not everywhere is so confident as in Florida, USA.
It has been suggested that the name of the epoch in which we are living should be “Anthropocene”, as human activities never had such a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems like nowadays. In this gallery I collected some stories of man, environment and endangered species, in an attempt to raise more awareness on some issues I came across.
È stato proposto di chiamare l’epoca in cui viviamo “Antropocene”, dato che mai prima d’ora le attività umane hanno avuto un impatto così forte sugli ecosistemi della Terra. In questa galleria ho raccolto alcune storie su specie minacciate, sull’uomo e sui loro ambienti, in un tentativo di sensibilizzare su alcune problem e situazioni che mi hanno colpito.
Se ha propuesto de llamar la época en la cual vivimos “Antropoceno”, ya que nunca antes que ahora las actividades humanas han tenido un impacto tan fuerte sobre los ecosistemas de la Tierra. In esta galería he juntado historias sobre especies amenazadas, el hombre, y sus ambientes, en un intento de sensibilizar sobre algunas cuestiones con las cuales me he encontrado