Saturday 29 October 2016

Castle's Wallcreeper

Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria (video), Predjama castle, 29th October 2016.
Predjama castle, 29th October 2016.

Today I was working on some filming at the Predjama castle (Predjamski grad) in the Notranjska region. This is arguably one of the coolest castles in the world, built on a limestone cliff ledge with a cave above it (for more info see here & here).
A Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria was making me company for most of the morning, while sticking around the castle's wall and cliff. The bird was frequently just sitting still on a cliff ledge, preening and dust-bathing under a warm autumn sunshine. Predjama is a regular and known wintering site for this rare species and probably one of the most scenic places in Slovenia. I managed to make a short video of the bird (watch HD), while hordes of Italian tourists were pouring into the castle. 
Around the castle I also observed a Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris (these birds breed at the site), a Black Dryocopus martius & a Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus, a few Bramblings Fringilla montifringilla and 3 Chamois Rupicapra rupicapra climbing on a steep forested slope. Not bad for a day at work!