|White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos ssp. lilfordi - before the peck...
|...and after the peck.
|White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos ssp. lilfordi (by Davide Scridel)
|Ural Owl Strix uralensis - grey morph (note dark-barred facial mask).
|Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris
|Brown Bear's claw marks on a fallen trunk.
|Bear's droppings containing some corn (from hunter's feeding stations).
|Fresh (above) & old (below) scat of Wolf Canis lupus
|Autumn in the Dinaric forests.
|Beech Fagus sylvatica in its late-autumn phase.
|Veliki Snežnik's summit dominating the forested plateau.
|Morning mist over the Reka river valley.
Recently most of the time has been spent locally in the Karst around Sežana. Late October and early November is the best time to enjoy the amazing autumn colours of the karstic shrubs and meadows, where the typical Smoke Bush Cotinus coggygria steals the show. However the cold and unpleasant burja wind persisted for most of October and made birding in the Karst's woodlands and meadows quite impossible. Nevertheless we were very glad when we found a Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius on a hill close to home, as well as other goodies such as Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius, Brambling Fringilla montifringilla and the first Common Cranes Grus grus of the season, migrating south-west (heard only on Oct 18).
|Montpellier Maple Acer monspessulanus - a typical tree of the karstic shrub.
|Smoke Bush Cotinus coggygria - the autumn essence of the Karst.
|Limestone scree on the top of a karstic hill, covered in Smoke Bush.
|Karstic oak woodland - home of a recent coloniser, the Middle Spotted Woodpecker.
|Autumn colours in the oak woodlands.
|Views E and SE from Stari tabor (603 m), a panoramic hill between Sežana and Lokev.
|Stari tabor (603 m) with mount Nanos in the distance.
|Smoke Bush stealing the show... and Sara stealing the Smoke Bush!