The first ROCK PARTRIDGES started to sing shortly after - 3 birds heard from a single point. Two of them were also seen quite well, even if distant (with scope), while perched on rocky islets in the sea of grass. Watched the bird in the pics for at least 15 minutes. These are the best views I ever had of a Rock Partridge so far.
|Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca|
|Dawn on Breginjski Stol with Mt. Krn (2244 m) in the distance.|
Raptors included 5 Griffon Vultures (yesterday), 1 Honey Buzzard and a few pairs of Kestrels. No sign of the local Golden Eagles though.
Wildflowers were the second main focus. Here's a selection of the best...
|Rhododendron hirsutum with Mt. Kanin (2587 m) in the background.|
|Aconitum lycoctonum - apparently very poisonous.|
|Polygonum bistorta with Mt. Kanin.|
|Lilium carniolicum - very abundant on the south-facing grassy slopes.|
|Helianthemum nummularium and Mt. Kanin (again!).|
|The Stol's crest, as seen from the village of Breginj - the westernmost village in Slovenia.|
|Extensive grassy areas on Stol's south-facing slope provide habitat for Corncrake, Rock Partridge, Quail, Rock Thrush and many more.|
|Breginjski Stol - on the crest.|
|Mt. Krn from Stol.|
|Mt. Triglav is visible in the distance. With 2864 m it's Slovenia's highest mountain.|
A couple of Common Redstarts and a Crag Martin were seen in the valleys (Kobarid, Tolmin), while driving. And yesterday also a Short-toed Eagle on the Karst - perched on a pylon near Sežana.