Monday 18 November 2019

Slow November birding

Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus, Škocjanski zatok NR.
The Zoo: White Stork Ciconia ciconia, White-fronted Geese Anser albifrons and Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis with "boškarin" cattle, Škocjanski zatok NR.
A typical scene of Škocjanski zatok in the recent weeks.
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus, Škocjanski zatok NR.
Curlew Numenius arquata, Škocjanski zatok NR.
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis, Miramar (Trieste).
Cerknica lake filling with water.
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus, Cerknica lake.
Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus, Cerknica lake.
Goshawk Accipiter gentilis, Karst edge.
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula in our garden.
Green Woodpecker Picus viridis, Karst.
Trooping Funnel Clitocybe geotropa, Karst.
Oak woodland in autumn colours, Karst.
Smoke Bush Cotinus coggygria, Karst.

Short photo-post this time, due to lack of time, rainy weather, laziness and most of all... lack of wildlife - oh, it's November! Most of the recent birding has been either at work in Škocjanski zatok or in our garden in the Karst. There was nothing really special in particular, but rather some low-intensity seasonal birding. The highlight has been a Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria, enjoyed during "working hours" along the Karst edge and a shy Ural Owl Strix uralensis in the forests by lake Cerknica. Other seasonal species included Northern Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula ssp. pyrrhula, Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor, Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus, Redwing Turdus iliacus and the local scarcities/rarities at Škocjanski zatok, featured in the above photos.
At this time of heavy rains and floods it is perhaps better to enjoy some typical geomorphological features of the Karst (karstic springs, swelling rivers, temporary lakes, roaring sinkholes ect.), rather than roving around aimlessly in search of wildlife.