Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus, Landscape Park Strunjan. A numerous summer guest to this coastal reserve; up to 400 birds are regularly observed in the evenings. An otherwise scarce bird in Slovenia, confined to the coast and some rivers in the north-east, where small numbers also breed.
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus, Landscape Park Strunjan. Up to 7 individuals were observed in the saltpans from late spring to mid summer, although this rare species didn't breed in the area.
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus, Landscape Park Strunjan. Two pairs have raised chicks in the Strunjan saltpans this year.
Pygmy CormorantMicrocarbo pygmaeus, Landscape Park Strunjan.
Bee-eaterMerops apiaster, Landscape Park Strunjan. Two pairs were discovered breeding in an olive grove within the park this year.
Melodious WarblerHippolais polyglotta, Landscape Park Strunjan.
Stag BeetleLucanus cervus, Landscape Park Strunjan.
Mallow SkipperCharcarodus alceae, Landscape Park Strunjan.
Common MyrtleMyrtus communis, Landscape Park Strunjan. A Mediterranean plant with its only native (wild) location in Slovenia on the thermophilous sea cliffs in Strunjan.
Sea LavenderLimonium angustifolium, Landscape Park Strunjan.
The thermophilous flysch (sandstone) cliffs of Strunjan form the longest stretch of "wild" sea coast of the entire Gulf of Trieste.
Strunjan - the Slovenian Galapagos.
Mediterranean ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelis ssp. desmarestii, Landscape Park Strunjan. Good numbers of this endemic Mediterranean bird gather at Strunjan in the evening to roost on mussel-farm buoys.
Compass JellyfishChrysaora hyoscella, Landscape Park Strunjan.
Hope's ElysiaThuridilla hopei, Landscape Park Strunjan. A 1 cm-long sacoglossan sea slug, common in the Slovenian sea, especially around Piran.
CuttlefishSepia officinalis, Landscape Park Strunjan. Can you actually see it?
Warty CrabEriphia verrucosa, Landscape Park Strunjan.
Black GobyGobius niger, Landscape Park Strunjan.
Caneva's BlennyLipophrys canevai (Microlipophrys canevae), Landscape Park Strunjan.
Mystery BlennyParablennius incognitus, Landscape Park Strunjan.
Sand SteenbrassLithognathus mormyrus, Landscape Park Strunjan. Note the parasitic isopod attached to the rear end of the back.
Nest of Common TernSterna hirundo in the brackish lagoon of Škocjanski zatok.
Common TernSterna hirundo, Škocjanski zatok. This chick was one of the very few to hatch this year. Most of the +80 nests were probably predated by Yellow-legged Gulls Larus michahellis, therefore the tern's breeding success was very low this year.
Muddy islands in the brackish lagoon at Škocjanski zatok with Sea RushJuncus maritimus, a very rare plant in Slovenia, confined to the coast.
Cinnabar MothTyria jacobaeae, Škocjanski zatok. Apparently a large population of this scarce and localised species thrives in this nature reserve. Around one thousand caterpillars were counted this season, feeding on their foodplant - Water Ragwort Senecio barbareifolius. A few adults were also observed nearby.
Golden OrioleOriolus oriolus, Škocjanski zatok.
Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurio, Škocjanski zatok. The first passerine migrant of the autumn season.
HornetsVespa crabro on the nest (filmed through a window), Škocjanski zatok.
This time a short post concentrating on the wildlife of our "working routine" on the Slovenian coast, featuring Sara's pics from Landscape Park Strunjan and Domen's from Škocjanski zatok. Here and there we also take a dip into the Adriatic sea (mostly at Strunjan) and enjoy some marine wildlife too. The snorkeling highlight so far was the gorgeous and tiny sea slug Hope's ElysiaThuridilla hopei.
The first signs of late summer-autumn migration are evident at Škocjanski zatok in the form of Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea, tens of Common SandpipersActitis hypoleucos, but also Red-backed ShrikesLanius collurio. The breeding season is now definitely over with Common TernsSterna hirundo mostly gone (although the breeding success was very low) and Little TernsSternula albifrons "dispatching" the last fledglings.
P.S. we switched to the new Blogger dashboard that apparently allows us to display larger images, wow!