For a good start we wanted to check on the progress of "our" nesting Black Storks Ciconia nigra (the only known nest in western Slovenia). We were therefore very excited to see that a large chick was in the nest. It already had some wing feathers, but most of the body was still covered in down. It must have hatched several weeks ago. This pair only has one chick probably because of the old age of the adults, which have been known to nest in the area for over 15 years. We only spent 10 minutes at the site, took a few photos with our powerful superzoom cameras and left, in order not to disturb the birds too much. Nearby, in a muddy puddle in the middle of the forest, we found some nice Yellow-bellied Toads Bombina variegata along with some well-developed tadpoles of Common Frog Rana temporaria. Even more exciting was the find of an interesting fungus - Chicken of the woods Laetiporus sulphureus.
|Black Stork Ciconia nigra - adult with chick on the nest.
|Yellow-bellied Toad Bombina variegata
|Such forest puddles with shallow water are the perfect habitat for Yellow-bellied Toad.
|Chicken of the woods Laetiporus sulphureus
|Common Stinkhorn Phallus impudicus
|Veliki Snežnik (1796 m) and the forests on its plateau.
|Lady's Slipper Cypripedium calceolus
|Selfie with rare flowers.
|Coralroot Orchid Corallorhiza trifida
|White Helleborine Cephalanthera damasonium
|May Lily Maianthemum bifolium
|Mountain meadows on the edge of Snežnik's forests.
|Kojnik's Iris Iris sibirica ssp. erirrhiza
|Carniolan Lily Lilium carniolicum
|White Asphodel Asphodelus albus
|Globe Orchid Traunsteinera globosa
|White False Helleborine Veratrum album
|Alpine Rose Rosa pendulina
|Clouded Apollo Parnassius mnemosyne
|Geranium Argus Aricia eumedon on Bloody Cranesbill Geranium sanguineum.
|Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae on Jacquin's Kidney Vetch Anthyllis montana ssp. jacquinii.
|Slow-worm Anguis fragilis
|The southern part of lake Cerknica from mount Slivnica.
|The central & wettest part of the lake with water almost all-year-round.
|Village of Dolenje Jezero with the Javorniki mountains rising above.
|Cerkniško jezero - lake Cerknica.
|Aquatic vegetation on lake Cerknica with Yellow Water-lily Nuphar lutea.
|Common Club-rush Schoenoplectus lacustris - one of the most prominent aquatic plants on the lake.
|Spiked Water-milfoil Myriophyllum spicatum
|Fan-leaved Water Crowfoot Ranunculus circinatus
|Amphibious Bistort Polygonum amphibium
|Broad-leaved Pondweed Potamogeton natans
|Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas copulating on Yellow Water-lily Nuphar lutea
|Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas - male
|Pool Frog Pelophylax lessonae
|Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva
|Great Pond Snail Lymnaea stagnatilis
|Weaver Beetle Lamia textor (Cerambycidae) in the willows by the lake.
|Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo roosting on oak.
|Evening on lake Cerknica.
|Waiting nightfall in the hide overlooking the lake.
|Common Toad Bufo bufo on a forest road.
|Badger Meles meles on a forest road near lake Cerknica.
|Wet meadow at Cerkniško jezero.
|Scarlet Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus - 1st winter male, singing.
|Scarlet Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus - adult male.
|Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava ssp. cinereocapilla
|Bog Orchid Anacamptis palustris
|Illyrian Gladiolus Gladiolus illyricus
|White Stork Ciconia ciconia in one of the villages around the lake.
|Green Woodpecker Picus viridis - fledged juvenile on a concrete pole in a village.
|Bog with Marsh Lousewort Pedicularis palustris and Broad-leaved Cottongrass Eriophorum latifolium.
|Marsh Lousewort Pedicularis palustris
|Broad-leaved Cottongrass Eriophorum latifolium
|Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo on Cottongrass.
|False Heath Fritillary Melitaea diamina
|Dipper Cinclus cinclus - juvenile
|Yellow-bellied Toad Bombina variegata
|Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa - female.
|Yellow Daylily Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus
|Chequered Skipper Cartherocephalus palaemon on daylily.
|Mountain Cornflower Centaurea montana
|Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii
|Scarce Fritillary Euphydryas maturna
|Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne
|Duke of Burgundy Hamearis lucina on Laserpitium archangelica, a favourite plant of this species.
|Traditional haystacks called ostrnice in Loška dolina, with Snežnik in the far distance.
|Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris along a forest road.
|Ascent on mount Veliki Snežnik from the northeastern slope.
|A look north through a forest balcony.
|Mountain meadow with Globeflower Trollius europaeus & Great Yellow Gentian Gentiana lutea (leaves).
|Female Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus coming out of the forest...
|...followed by a nice male.
|Globeflower Trollius europaeus
|A look south-west: forests as far as the eye can see!
|Mountain meadow with Linum julicum, Gentiana clusii, Trollius europaeus and others.
|The few remaining patches of species-rich sub-alpine stony grassland, encroached by Mountain Pine Pinus mugo.
|Dunnock Prunella modularis
|Adder Vipera berus
|Rock Redcurrant Ribes petraeum
|Blue-berried Honeysuckle Lonicera caerulea
|Scopoli's Rockcress Arabis scopoliana - not only on Nanos, but common also on Snežnik.
|Rock-jasmine Androsace villosa
|Trumpet Gentian Gentiana clusii - in full bloom and very common on the top of Snežnik.
|Dwarf Pillow Sedge Carex firma - the main builder of sub-alpine rocky meadows on Snežnik.
|Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta holding territory on Snežnik's summit.
|Views over the northern slopes of Snežnik, from the summit.
|Snow still lingers on some north-facing slopes of Snežnik.
|The melting snow reveals the extremely flexible branches of Mountain Pine Pinus mugo, well-adapted to heavy snow cover in winter.
|Alpine Snowbell Soldanella alpina - growing on the wet soil near the melting snow.
|Alpine Pasqueflower Pulsatilla alpina
|Alpine Butterwort Pinguicula alpina
|Traunfellner's Buttercup Ranunculus traunfellneri
|Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae - the commonest butterfly above the treeline.
|Ichneumon Wasp Amblyteles armatorius - one of thousands swarming out from rock crevices among Pinus mugo, on the top of Snežnik - exactly like reported here. An interesting phenomenon happening every year in June.
|A cold sinkhole (dolina) on Snežnik's northern slopes.
|Primeval-like sub-alpine beech forest just below the Mountain Pine belt.
|Alpine Chamois Rupicapra rupicapra grazing in the beech forest.
|Alpine Leek Allium victorialis just about to bloom in the sub-alpine beech forest.
|Tau Emperor Aglia tau - a common moth in mountain beech forests, but never easy to photograph well like this!
|Views of Snežnik on the way back to Cerkniško jezero.
|Conifer forest on the Snežnik plateau.
|This speaks for itself.
|Fresh droppings of Brown Bear Ursus arctos (with dung beetle) on a forest road.
|Brown Bear's footprints in the mud...
|...by a drinking puddle.
|Fox Vulpes vulpes
|Thick conifer stand with Norway Spruce Picea abies and Silver Fir Abies alba.
|Wren Troglodytes troglodytes carrying food to the nest (nearby).
|New shoots of Silver Fir Abies alba - something that deer go mad for.
|Ural Owl Strix uralensis
|Crossbill Loxia curvirostra (a pair).
|Castle in the forest at Mašun (Snežnik).