Monday, 5 January 2009

Destinations: Palava Hills - Czech Republic

These limestone hills lie in South Moravia some 35km south of Brno. They are not very high, the highest point is Devin at 550m, but are very visable as their white rocks rise out of an otherwise fairly flat landscape. The habitats, flora and fauna here are probably the most "Mediterranean-like" in the Czech Republic. Resident birds include Goshawk, Tawny and Eagle Owls, Syrian, Middle Spotted, Lesser Spotted, Grey-headed and Black Woodpeckers and Hawfinch. In spring and summer they are joined by Honey Buzzard, Barred Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Hoopoe, Golden Oriole, Collared Flycatcher and Wryneck. Most winters see a Wallcreeper here, too, though this species does not breed.

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