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Federico "Fred" Fiorillo

Hello, my name is Fred and I’m a nature guide and content writer. Currently based in the magnificent Val de Bagnes, Switzerland. I’m an avid hiker and snowboarder and I travel to the great wilderness areas of the world to see the wildlife and birds I’m passionate of. Inspired by an alternative lifestyle I believe in the importance of being in connection with the natural environment.

Black Woodpecker

The Black Woodpecker – Master of the Nest

The black woodpecker is among the most surprising animals of the forest. Its skills in building nests are unmatched, once abandoned, they became quickly reoccupied by other species of animals, and it’s able to vibrate against the trunk up to 35...

Hooded crow (Corvus cornix)

The Hooded Crow – Not So Pretty, But Very Smart

Easily observable at sunset, when it travels in large flocks, the hooded crow is abundantly present in vast areas of the European continent, becoming a very common presence even in inhabited areas. Not graceful, with dull colors and with a not so...

Lammergeier / Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus)

Lammergeier / Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus)

Imagine this: you’re on a hike on the alps and above your head you see flying a bird with a lamb in its claws. In the past it was a common belief that the lammergeier was a “lamb thief”. However, this belief is totally without foundation.