|Primula carniolica - endemic plant of the NW Dinaric mountains (only found in Slovenia).
|Pinguicula alpina - frequently sharing the same wet and cold rocky habitats with Primula carniolica.
|Daphne cneorum: a rare and protected species with a fragrant smell.
|Euphorbia triflora subsp. triflora - the southern edge of Trnovski gozd is the only place where this species is found in Slovenia.
|Beech forest with Allium ursinum in the undergrowth.
The botanical day was rounded up with a few very good bird sightings. Among them was this nice female Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus; first heard drumming and then watched well for more than half an hour.
|Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus, female.
|Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula, male.
I was also happy to see that the Lesser Grey Shrikes Lanius minor have returned to the Vipava valley in good numbers: 4-5 individuals were present today and were very vocal (parrot-like calls). In the sky about 10 Red-footed Falcons Falco vespertinus were hunting insects.
|Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor
And now to the orchids. The wider area of Trieste and part of western Slovenia is a particularly good region for orchids. In the past two weeks I managed to see several different species, some of them are particularly interesting. Let the photographs speak...
|Ophrys apifera, Trieste.
|Ophrys holosericea, Trieste.
|Ophrys insectifera, Mt.Čaven, Slovenia.
|Orchis (Anacamptis) coriophora subsp. fragrans, Trieste.
|Serapias vomeracea, Trieste.
|Anacamptis pyramidalis, Trieste.
|Orchis militaris, Slovenian Karst.
|Orchis (Neotinea) ustulata, Slovenian Karst.
|Neotinea tridentata, Slovenian Karst.
|Cephalanthera longifolia, Slovenian Karst.
|Limodorum abortivum, Trieste.
|Listera ovata, Trieste Karst.
|Neottia nidus-avis, Slovenian Karst. A common woodland orchid, lacking chlorophyll and living in simbiosis with a fungi. Note: possible confusion with species of the genus Orobanche (not orchids).
|Melittis melissophyllum (left) and Galeobdolon luteum (right).
|Onosma javorkae (dalmatica)
|Spartium junceum with the city of Trieste in the background.