|Mt. Mangrt (2679 m) with Rhododendron hirsutum in the foreground.|
On the bird front the scene was dominated by common alpine breeding species like Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta, Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros and Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe - all seen in family parties. A check of the cliffs looking down on the Italian side, revealed a dreamed-for, but unexpected WALLCREEPER Tichodroma muraria. It was a female, showing well in the cliff face for some minutes. It is always very pleasing to see the species on its breeding grounds in the Alps - here the potential good habitats are literally everywhere, as opposed to the restricted (and well known) wintering sites they use on the Karst.
|Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria|
|Alpine Marmots Marmota marmota|
A fly-by Alpine Swift Apus melba, House Martins Delichon urbicum, Ravens Corvus corax, a Hobby Falco subbuteo and a Kestrel Falco tinnunculus were dominating the sky-scene, along with the already mentioned Choughs.
Down at the upper edge of the forest, Crossbills Loxia curvirostra, Siskins Carduelis spinus, Crested Tits Lophophanes cristatus and Goldcrests Regulus regulus were common. A Rock Bunting Emberiza cia was also heard.
Speaking botanically, the plateau was full of the common alpine flowers I have already seen on Kanin and Breginjski Stol, but with the addition of many extra species. A (long-ish) selection of the best shots follows below.
And some panoramic views - breathtaking!
|Imposing mt. Mangrt above the plateau.|
|Mangrt's northern side with steep cliffs overlooking the valley and the two Mangrt's lakes (in Italy).|
|View west from the plateau - those snow-covered mountains belong to the Kanin range, on the Italian side. An "inverse" pic can be found in the Kanin's post: here|
|View from the plateau towards Loška Koritnica, with Log pod Mangrtom down in the valley (Slovenian side).|
The perfect way to round up the trip was a stop on the emerald river Soča in the Trenta valley, where a Dipper Cinclus cinclus said farewell.