Sarah and I were joined by my Mum & Dad for this holiday, we were staying just outside Sorrento on the shores of the Bay of Naples. Immediately opposite the hotel was Mount Vesuvius, what a sight to be greeted with every day, we had adjoining rooms and most of the time when in the rooms my dad and I were normally scanning from our balconies looking for any birds flying past. There was quite a lot of shrubs around the hotel which held a few species of bird. Being next to the water the most numerable birds were Yellow legged Gulls, we saw Italian Sparrows,White Wagtails,Robin, a surprise sight was a Kingfisher seen a couple of times and the best birds were a Subalpine Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush and a very low flying Honey Buzzard. One day we watched a school of fish leaping out of the water which was a great sight to see.
Pompei was a fascinating and great place to visit, shame about the weather that day but worth getting wet for. Even here amongst the ruins we found Italian Sparrows, Blue Rock Thrush and Black Redstart.
The day we visited the Island of Capri was a glorious warm day. Yellow legged Gulls frequented the port, birds could be heard when we took the chair lift to the summit of Ana Capri but couldn't be seen. Once at the summit we had stunning views all around and to top it off we watched 2 Peregrines swoop and fly overhead. Here we also saw the tail less lizard, pictured further up, and Wall Butterflies.