IMPORTANT NOTE: all photos of birds on nests in this blog were taken for scientific purposes and from a safe distance, to prevent disturbance to the birds. Equipment used included powerful superzoom cameras (up to 2000 mm) and/or digiscoping through a telescope. The stay at each nest location was minimal - only the time to take a few photos and collect some basic parameters.
|Female Ural Owl Strix uralensis incubating in a Sycamore's natural cavity.
|Ural Owl's habitat in the forests of Snežnik.
|White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos ssp. lilfordi - male.
|White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos ssp. lilfordi - female preening.
|White-back's nesting hole, on a beech 12 metres from the ground.
|The height of the nest tree.
|Excellent dead wood elements in the White-back's nesting habitat.
|The perfect natural cavity for...
|Ural Owl Strix uralensis, nesting in the Karst.
|Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius, male finishing the nest.
|Nuthatch Sitta europaea using an old Black Woodpecker's cavity.
|Beech Fagus sylvatica - the April joy of chlorophyll explosion!
|Beech seedlings are sprouting everywhere on the forest floor, even in clumps!
|Sessile Oaks Quercus petraea are the last to put out their new leaves.
|Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius
|Two different Nuthatches Sitta europaea on their nests.
|Male Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major on its drumming post.
|Active nest of Blackbird Turdus merula in a Black Woodpecker's feeding hole.