Sixth themed weekend: where Lake Cerknica is born and The Song of Birds
On Saturday we walked along the path of Lake Cerknica springs. We could see how the lake is actually born from almost every rock. However, since there had been no rainfall for a long time, many effluent caves, estavels and other springs were dry at the time. Thus, we were able to take a close look at all these karst phenomena. When it rains again and there is roaring and drumming from the springs, nature will enchant us again with its power and beauty.
At the end of the route, we indulged in authentic home-made food from T’Dolenj farm.
On Sunday we strolled along a part of Drvošec trail by Lake Cerknica, and listened to birds. At first, we tried to ignore all the other noises by closing our eyes and only focus on the sound of birds. We then figured out where their mysterious sounds came from. After that we searched for birds in the canopy of trees and shrubs with binoculars, and then identified the bird species. Among other things, the guide had a thick book of bird species and she introduced us to every bird we could hear. We also had a smaller telescope available, which helped us see the colorful birds in even more detail.
After a walk through the path on the sun, everyone was relieved to finally turn into a cold beech-fir forest where we went to one of the wooden bird observatories. Here, our breath was stolen for a few moments by Black Storks, who rarely appear in front of the lens. In addition, some White Storks and various Herons posed patiently in the middle of the swamp, as they were only stopping there during their travel.
We then continued our way to our last stop, another bird observatory. Here, the birds were more shy, but we still managed to notice some of them, including a Common Buzzard, who flew over the sky several times and cast a shadow on us with its wings. After an interesting day, coloured with pleasant melodies of birds, we returned to the starting point with the waggon and thanked the nature for such a wonderful experience.
The guide of themed activities is financed by the LIFE Stržen project, so it is free of charge for the participants.