|Commercial beech (Fagus sylvatica) forest where White-backed Woodpecker persists.
|Beech snags with Fomes fomentarius are difficult to come across in commercial forests.
|Feeding signs of White-backed Woodpecker.
|Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dryobates minor (female).
|White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos ssp. lilfordi
|Old Brown Bear's tracks in the snow.
|"Woodpecker sign" on a beech snag that should be preserved from cutting.
|The first Christmas Roses Helleborus niger in bloom.
|Wood Spurge Euphorbia amygdaloides poking out of the snow.
|Mt. Snežnik's snowy summit in the distance.
On the 30th of January we were again up in the mountains, this time on the Snežnik plateau. Some of the smaller snow-covered forest roads were dotted with footprints and offered a great insight into the winter activity of the local fauna. The most interesting were the tracks of a Wolf Canis lupus, the odd Brown Bear Ursus arctos (in Slovenia bears don't hibernate continuously through winter) and Pine Marten Martes martes, while a bit more ordinary were those of Red Deer Cervus elaphus, Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus, Wild Boar Sus scrofa and Fox Vulpes vulpes.
|Footprints of Wolf Canis lupus...
|...and those of Brown Bear Ursus arctos
|Old nesting tree of White-backed Woodpecker, defeated by the wind.
|Male Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus - note extensive white on the back.
|Small stand of silver firs Abies alba where we observed the Three-toed Woodpecker.
|Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris
|Marsh Tit Poecile palustris
|The saplings of Silver fir Abies alba frequently choose peculiar spots for germination.
|Old beech trees at the edge of the forest, bordering the rocky pastures.
|Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes
|Dinaric rocky grasslands on the edge of the forest.
|Mt. Učka (1396 m, Croatia) sticking out of the fog.