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Bird watching

  The following colour picture of the old pond in via Caldera, in Milano’s outskirts, had been embedded in an article of mine, on “bird watching”, published on May 30, 1993, by the dailly “Il Giorno”. The image had been taken with a Canon EOS 62o on which I had mounted a fish-eye lens (175° field’ cover); it’s in low-res (haven’t found  the original yet); the second panoramic shot taken with an iPhone on May 26, 2020 shows works on progress during the re-introduction of pond. The third one shows the article in full. Other new pictures of the area will soon follow…

  But, first of all, a foreword is needed. That’s is, on the homepage I had choosen as motto “Always ahead of the news”; that means a reporter should write on peculiar news not yet known, for sure, but also on ones standing the passing of the time: after years, if not decades, they should still retain their freshness.

  And this is the case for this May 30, 1993 article which I had devised the first time I saw, gliding on that speck of water, ducks, goose and other waterfowl. Then, to my disappointment – after just one year – the marsh was drained supposedly because of swarms of mosquitos, which could have been easily countered by introducing in the pond a small fish called Gambusia which eats mosquitos’ larvae.

  Then – almost 30 years after – the pond was re-introduced and enlarged, using very sofisticated techniques as regarding the new bottom of the small basin. The project had stemmed from the foresight of a special pool: young Milano City Councilor Francesco Maran, non-profit organization Italia Nostra-Milano Parco Nord President Luisa Toeschi, and Milano Public Park-Bosco in Città manager Silvio Anderloni, by whom I was invited to be present for the inauguration’s day. “In the end – told me Milano Townhall Councilor’ assistant – you have fathered this green oasis”.