Beautiful nature Island – Palagruza
Because of the relative isolation and distance, and because there is no regular ferry´s to the island it is not always easy to access it, so it is necessary to self-organize transport with some sort of fast boat, the best and cheapest is from island Vis, Lastovo or Korcula. Real price is about 1000E only for transport and includes that you are left on island and then boat pick you up for a few days if weather conditions allow it. You must agreed in advance sleeping in a lighthouse.
The best time to visit is perhaps the spring because everything is blooming at that time and Palagruza looks like a big garden. Because of the isolation island is itself reserve of flora and fauna and on the large Palagruza long just a little more than a kilometer you can find a variety of endemic species of wild plants such as centurea ragusina and capara spinosa, euphorbia dendroides which covers whole island with heights up to 3m and many other plants. Animals which you can find there is an old one eye blind donkey named Ćoro that was before the construction of the cable car used to transfer things from the beach to the lighthouse (lighthouse is at 100m above sea level) and now freely walking around.As for wild animals you can easily see the rats grabbing throwned piece of bread or running through island, a snake black bastard(Hierophis viridiflavus carbonarius) which is non-toxic and very quick and timid but it bite if its caught in hand(this one attack bird in the net), the occasional lizard, then black widows appearing only from may till November, they loves warm part of the year. Perhaps the most interesting thing is that island palagruza, because its a little land surrounded by the sea, serves as a rest and a pumping station for birds flying for autumn or spring migration, so you can find a variety of species such as robins, flycatcher, the nightingale, oriole, hoopoe, warblers, larks and others
… Staying on Palagruza seven days I counted over 50 species of birds. Except migratory species there is few that nesting there like peregrine falcon, chasing birds and feed the young with spring migration, and Eleonora’s falcon do same thing with the autumn migration. Exhausted birds that come to rest became easy prey to hawks. There is also about 500 pairs seagulls and more colonies in various parts of the island cory´s shearwater (calonectis diomedea) and yelkouan shearwater( puffinus yelkouan) whose gruesome sounds at the night may seem like a scene from the Hitckock movie
After the beautiful flora and fauna on the island magical scenes just beguining below the sea surface. Distance from the coast protected fishes and in underwater cathedrals and caves you can meet all sorts of sea creatures, starting from large groupers to greater amberjack and dentex, dolphins, sharks, even whales, lobsters and octopus. If you are involved in fishing even just for fun this island will be an unforgettable experience. The island have a mobile phone signals only at the top so there are not phone calls , in that perfect nature where only job is to watch the sunrise and sunset and listen to the wind and seagulls becomes clear how we are poisoned with everyday irrelevant information that we are receiving from all sides and with the speed of life.
Here are some more pictures ……
scary calonectris sounds you can hear here..