Day 5 - Hutovo Blato Marshlands


  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Hutovo Blato Nature Park is sub‐Mediterranean wetland oasis, located 20 km from the Adriatic Sea in the karst terrain along the lower course of the Neretva River. It is primarily composed of marshlands that were created by the underground aquifer system of the Krupa River.
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Hutovo Blato Nature Park is part of the Neretva Delta and one of the most valuable habitats for migratory birds and waterbirds in Europe. Accordingly it is protected as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. Hutovo Blato Nature Park is a crucially important stop-over site especially for those birds using the Adriatic Flyway to migrate between their summer and their winter habitats.
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Hutovo Blato marshlands provides a unique oasis amongst the harsh arid karst of Herzegovina.
  • Great Reed Warbler
  • Great Reed Warbler
  • Great Reed Warbler
  • Great Reed Warbler
  • Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus arundinaceus
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Comprising swamps, lakes, wet meadows, and riverine forest, it provides favourable conditions for many wetland species.
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Pygmy Cormorants and Squacco Herons often feed in channels between the reeds.
  • Purple Heron
  • Purple Heron
  • Purple Heron
  • Purple Heron

Purple Heron

Ardea purpurea
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Flooded meadows - perfect habitat for waders.
  • Eastern Festoon

Eastern Festoon

Zerynthia cerisy
  • Squacco Heron
  • Squacco Heron
  • Squacco Heron
  • Squacco Heron
  • Squacco Heron
  • Squacco Heron
  • Squacco Heron
  • Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

Ardeola ralloides
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Hutovo Blato Nature Park - protected on all sides by arid hills and mountains.
  • Ferruginous Duck
  • Ferruginous Duck

Ferruginous Duck

Aythya nyroca
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Flooded meadows in early spring - great habitat for migrating waders.
  • Great Egret
  • Great Egret

Great Egret

Ardea alba
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

Haliaeetus albicilla

White-tailed Eagle

Haliaeetus albicilla
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Great Reed Warbler habitat.
  • Little Bittern
  • Little Bittern
  • Little Bittern
  • Little Bittern
  • Little Bittern
  • Little Bittern

Little Bittern

Ixobrychus minutus
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Neretva river by Hutovo Blato marshlands.
  • Eurasian Penduline Tit
  • Eurasian Penduline Tit
  • Eurasian Penduline Tit
  • Eurasian Penduline Tit
  • Eurasian Penduline Tit
  • Eurasian Penduline Tit
  • Eurasian Penduline Tit
  • Eurasian Penduline Tit
  • Eurasian Penduline Tit
  • Eurasian Penduline Tit

Eurasian Penduline Tit

Remiz pendulinus
  • Western Marsh Harrier
  • Western Marsh Harrier
  • Western Marsh Harrier
  • Western Marsh Harrier
  • Western Marsh Harrier

Western Marsh Harrier

Circus aeruginosus
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

On the outskirts of Hutovo Blato marshlands Neretva river creates secluded pools - perfect habitat for herons.
  • Eurasian Golden Oriole
  • Eurasian Golden Oriole
  • Eurasian Golden Oriole
  • Eurasian Golden Oriole
  • Eurasian Golden Oriole

Eurasian Golden Oriole

Oriolus oriolus
  • Bee Orchid

Bee Orchid

Ophrys apifera
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Hutovo Blato marshlands.
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

All three species of Marsh Terns (Black Tern, White-winged Tern and Whiskered Tern) are feeding on this lake during spring migration.
  • Grecian Copper

Grecian Copper

Lycaena ottomana
  • Red-crested Pochard
  • Red-crested Pochard
  • Red-crested Pochard
  • Red-crested Pochard
  • Red-crested Pochard
  • Red-crested Pochard
  • Red-crested Pochard

Red-crested Pochard

Netta rufina
  • Western Osprey
  • Western Osprey
  • Western Osprey
  • Western Osprey
  • Western Osprey
  • Western Osprey
  • Western Osprey
  • Western Osprey

Western Osprey

Pandion haliaetus
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Flooded meadows in late spring.
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret
  • Western Cattle Egret

Western Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

Night Herons are often seen on migration along river Krupa.
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax
  • Hutovo Blato Marshlands

We will take a 2 hours boat ride and explore places that are hard to access by foot.