Monday, 18 January 2010

Destinations: Velebit Mountains - Croatia

The Velebit Mountains lie in Croatia and run from north to south just inland from the coast. In places they rise quite sharply from the Adriatic up to sub-Alpine like habitats. The coastal, western flanks are covered in Mediterranean vegetation and the eastern slopes more Continental. Rock Partridge is fairly common in the warmer, stony areas. Other birds, depending of course upon habitat and season, include Scops and Eagle Owls, Peregrine, Short-toed and Golden Eagles, Common and Rock Nuthatches, Blue Rock Thrush, Black-eared Wheatear, Common and Alpine Swifts, Crag Martin and a range of scrub and woodland warblers. A wide range of butterflies occurs in summer and the dry limestone landscapes are ideal for reptiles such as Hermann's Tortoise, Dalmatian Algyroides, Balkan Green Lizard, Dalmatian Wall Lizard, Horvath's Rock Lizard and many others. Mammals include Brown Bear, Wolf and Chamois. Photo here shows the Velebits in the depths of winter.

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