Massaciuccoli Lake is one of the best places for those interested in birds, with a 120-year long tradition of birdwatching. There are nearly 300 species catalogued in the area, which is protected as a nature reserve and welcomes many birds passing through every season. At the beginning of the winter season, the great crested grebe and the great cormorant indulge their predatory instincts as they dive into the waters to hunt tenches and flathead grey mullets. Grey herons, little egrets, great white egrets, cattle egrets and common snipes instead populate the marsh and the reeds. Then when the winter arrives, black-tailed godwits and garganeys make their home here.
Come spring, ducks on their way north start to appear. After them, it’s herons and Eurasian bitterns, a very rare type of heron that boasts its largest population in Italy right here at Massaciuccoli. Also worth seeing are the majestic stride of the black-winged stilt and the fearless dive of the osprey as they await their mass migration southward in the autumn.