Sunday 13 July 2014

Kanin - Alpine immersion part 2

Alpine Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus
Second trip to the Julian Alps in a week. Not bad. This time the Kanin mountain range on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Worked the north side of Kanin's plateau and climbed onto Bela peč (2146 m). Still a lot of snow, but also lots of flowers to enjoy (see pics). The highlights on the bird front were some alpine specielities like SNOWFINCH (2 birds), Alpine Chough (4-5), ROCK THRUSH (4-6 birds; mostly juvs), Water Pipit (common), Ring Ouzel (1 female), Alpine Accentor (1). Payed attention to the presence of Rock Ptarmigan, but found only a few droppings. Also common were Linnet, Black Redstart, Raven and Dunnock. Here and there in the valleys also a few Crag Martins and a couple of Griffon Vultures on the way back home.
A stop at the alpine lake of Cavazzo (Udine) produced a summering Black-throated Diver (in winter plumage), a Black-necked Grebe and a pair of Tufted Ducks.
Pulsatilla alpina
Potentilla nitida
Linum julicum and Silene acaulis
Silene acaulis
Ranunculus traunfellneri
Pedicularis rostratocapitata
Dryas octopetala
Chamorchis alpina (Orchid)
Saxifraga paniculata
Primula auricula - amazingly still in bloom up here
Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta droppings
Alpine rock garden by the path to Bela peč
View from Bela peč towards the north-western part of Kanin's massif.
View north-eastwards with mt. Mangrt in the distance (highest top).
On top of Bela peč (2146 m) - a Rock Ptarmigan paradise!