However spontaneous drumming (of other individuals) in the forest was not to be heard and probably the territorial activity of most woodpeckers is still a bit slow, at least in the higher elevations of the Snežnik plateau (around 1300 m and above). Nevertheless during our first visit we already heard a drumming Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus but that was probably an exception. In a few weeks the situation should be much livelier and then we expect the more intense fieldwork.
|White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos ssp. lilfordi (male).
|White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos ssp. lilfordi (female).
|Old nesting holes of White-backed Woodpecker.
|Managed forest with a single dead beech, where the old nests are.
|Fresh feeding signs on dead beech in unmanaged forest (forest reserve).
|Unmanaged forest in the higher parts of the Snežnik plateau.
|A centenary Beech Fagus sylvatica on a rocky outcrop in the forest.
|A lone Black Pine Pinus nigra in a very unusual site, far from all its other relatives growing in plantations down in the valley.
|View from a rocky outcrop on a forest reserve in the Snežnik mountains.
|Red Deer's droppings & footprints.
|The beech trees are slowly freeing themselves of the snowy mantle.
|Ural Owl Strix uralensis
|Bank Vole Myodes (Clethrionomys) glareolus
|The melting snow on the forest floor reveals...
|... a carpet of beech mast, food for a large variety of animals.
|Goosander Mergus merganser
|Teal Anas crecca
|The canyon of the river Reka near Škocjanske jame.
|An old Yew Taxus baccata in the cliffs above the Reka.
|Ruins of castle Školj overlooking Reka's canyon.
|Mezereon Daphne mezereum
|Alpine Squill Scilla bifolia
|Snowdrop Galanthus nivalis
|Snowdrop Galanthus nivalis & Istrian Hellebore Helleborus multifidus ssp. istriacus
|White Crocus Crocus vernus ssp. albiflorus
|Toothwort Lathraea squamaria
|Agile Frog Rana dalmatina - frogspawn.