Three days were spent on the Cerknica lake, where botany was once again the main focus. The absolute highlight here was seeing a flock of 14 BLACK STORKS soaring above the lake together with an adult WHITE-TAILED EAGLE. I've never seen such a numerous flock of Black Storks and I presume it's a quite rare sight in Slovenia.
|Black Storks Ciconia nigra & White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla (bottom right) - a documentative, phone-binning shot.|
A speleological visit to the interior of Planinska jama (Planina's cave) gave us the opportunity to see in the wild the most charismatic of all Dinaric endemisms and the largest cave-dwelling vertebrate: the OLM (Proteus anguinus). Out of the cave, a nice Dipper was seen on the river Unica.
|Wet meadow with Lychnis flos-cuculi|
|Morimus funereus - a large beetle from the Cerabycidae family|
|Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria - pic by Martin Senič|
|River Soča's source - this year with an exceptional amount of water|
|Cypripedium calceolus in the Juliana Alpine Botanical Garden|
|View on the mountains from the Trenta valley|
|View from the Vršič pass|
|Vršič pass (1611 m)|