Slovenia, a country in Central Europe, is known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes.
Slovenia has some of the most varied and best bird watching in central Europe with more than 376 species being spotted, of which only 219 are breeders, including 10 species of owl. The Julian Alps are noted as an especially important habitat and provide excellent facilities.
Triglav National Park is Slovenia’s only National Park, covering limestone mountains of the Julian Alps reaching more than 2680m. Habitats include bare mountains, and alpine meadows, coniferous, mixed and deciduous woodland on the slopes, and Mediterranean scrub in the lower areas.
Birds include Northern Goshawk, Golden Eagle, and montane species such as Ptarmigan, Rock Partridge, Alpine Accentor, Wallcreeper, Choughs (both species), and Snowfinch. The forested areas support Capercaillie, Hazel & Black Grouse; Black, Grey-headed and Three-toed Woodpeckers, and many passerines.
The forested hills of the Dinaric plateau above Kocevje are little known ornithologically but cover a vast largely uninhabited area. Ural and Eurasian Scops Owl occur in small numbers and the only White-tailed Eagles in Slovenia are found here. Also present are Wryneck, Black & Grey-headed Woodpeckers, Ring Ouzel, Collared Flycatcher, Crested Tit and Short-toed Treecreeper.
Krakovski Forest is another important virtually undisturbed lowland forest in eastern Slovenia. The avifauna is little known. Breeders include Black and White Storks, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Black and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers, and Collared Flycatcher.
Lake Cerknica is a reed-fringed lake situated south of Ljubljana near the town of Bakek with breeding Little Bittern, Ferruginous Duck, Spotted & Little Crakes, and Corncrakes. White-tailed Eagle and White-winged Black Tern are visitors.
Ljubljansko Moor is mainly agricultural land but in places still has some original mire with flooded meadows and wet woodland and is the most important Corncrake site in Slovenia. It also supports small numbers of Little Bittern, Lesser Kestrel, Wryneck and Barred Warbler. Black Stork may still occur.
Hazel Grouse, copyright Mateusz Matysiak
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Slovenia & Croatia - July 2006, author Michiel van Ettinger (added October 29, 2006)
(Planinsko polje, Drezniske Ravne, Triglav, Kobarid, Rock Partridge, Barred Warbler, Wryneck, Nutcracker, Golden Eagle, Erebia stirius, Melitaea aurelia, Moth, Grasshopper, Bird, Butterfly, Dragonfly)
Slovenia April-May 05 (Report in French), author Halligon (added June 15, 2005)
(Pokljuka, Postojna, Cerknica, Kocevje, Koprivnic, Socerb, Petrijne, Podgorje, Pygmy owl, Pallid harrier, Black stork, Red footed falcon, Short toed lark, Red rumped swallow, Red throated pipit, Blue rock thrush, Collared flycatcher)
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