Interesting to note that the commonest animal in the oak woodland was the Woodland Grayling (Hipparchia fagi) - above.
At the end of my walk I had an unexpected surprise. While I was walking on the steep limestone and grassy slope, I flushed a Nightjar which flew off and gave good flight views, before landing back on the ground. Now I must say that in this same area I saw more Nightjars by day than anywhere else. All involved casual encounters of birds flushed from the ground (daytime roost). Finding a nest though, requires Jedi skills!
Earlier this morning I also saw 4 Honey Buzzards soaring above the karstic edge.
The season is quite late for wildflowers and plants, but a few were still to be found. Some of the more obvious and typical for the area included: Chrysopogon gryllus & Stipa eriocaulis (grasses), Dianthus monspessulanus, Pistacia terebinthus, Paliurus spina-christii, Dictamnus albus, Satureja sp., Eringium amethystinum, Campanula pyramidalis and the more widespread stuff like Centaure jacea, Betonica officinalis and Anthericum ramosum.
|Pistacia terebithus - a typical mediterranean plant. Quite common on the grassy slope, along with Paliurus spina-christii|
|Dictamnus albus - now dispersing its seeds|
|The view towards Trieste with the dry grassland and oak woodland|
|Dry grassy slope on limestone|