Monday, 28 June 2010

Summer Karstwatch

Birding on the Slovenian Karst didn't produced the hoped Ortolan Buntings, but there was some other good wildlife too (in the Komen-Pliskovica area): Short-toed Eagle (1 above the moorland, carrying a snake in the beak - going to the nest), HOBBY (1 hunting dragonflies), Turtle Dove (1 in flight), Hoopoe (1 seen, 1 heard), Wryneck (1 singing from exposed perch), Woodlark, Tawny Pipit (1), Mistle Thrush, Melodious Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher (some in rural areas-villages), Red-backed Shrike, Golden Oriole, Linnet, Tree Sparrow, Hawfinch ("families"), Yellowhammer, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting, Corn Bunting (at least 3-4); also some Brimstones, a Meadow Brown, some Small Heaths, many Silver-washed Fritillaries and tons of Marbled Whites and Great Banded Graylings (really numerous!).
Rock Bunting:

Corn Bunting:

Short-toed Eagle (note the snake in the beak):

Small Heath:

Fritillary sp: