The Spying Reserve

Welcome again to the nature reserve on the Slovenian coast where you can spy on wildlife and find ready-made frames for your images.

In this heated, dry weather here in the south of Tuscany, as we are waiting for some rain to green back the landscape after it has gone apocalyptically yellow, I thought a memory from cooler times spent last December in my native Slovenia would do as good.

There is even ice.

In the first post from our visit the focus was on birds, since the elegantly wooden Škocjanski Zatok in Koper/Capodistria is predominantly a bird sanctuary, and today here is everything else, including some other beasties.

What I love the most are the viewing gaps: so unobtrusive, yet voyeuristic. The fact that the view includes the largest Slovenian port, Port of Koper, does not disturb the peace and quiet at all.

The visit is free, unless there are enough of you to constitute a large group. The stroll can last up to two hours if you take it easy and wait to see what appears when you quieten down. Sounds like life.

Today there are two galleries. Both enlarge upon clicking on any photo. All in all, a great experience.

I have gathered the views from the gaps in their own gallery below. The last photo might remind you of my writer’s blog Manja’s Thought Feeder since it’s my header photo over there.

Photo: © signature mmm

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    That is a pretty cool observation deck. I was waiting to see some photos from underwater too 😉

    Could you walk out along the wetland? I’m assuming the water level was affected by tides?

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. The tide might affect the surface but it is not as noticeable there, at the end of the Adriatic Sea, as in some other places worldwide. The path is circular, they prefer you remain on it and not wonder around among the animals. Underwater was not much to see, and you can see for yourself here:


      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        Thanks. Now I know why you didn’t bother featuring it a second time 😉

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  2. This looks like it could be from Finland. Except for the nutria!

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    1. Ohh, really, SMSW? Nutrias didn’t find their way to Finland? They are everywhere. In Ljubljana they come out of the river and wonder the streets. Here in Tuscany we have them too. I’m sure you have many other kinds of beasties then. I was often thinking of your lakes when young, especially when it was hot. Such a water baby.

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      1. Did u know of Finland when u were young?! Impressed! 😊 Your dad’s profession to thank for that, probably!? Anyway, we might have nutrias but I’ve never seen one!

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      2. Hhihihi, how do you mean, know of Finland? It’s huge! 😀 And all those lakes… Not to mention ski-jumpers. 😉

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  3. dennyho says:

    The viewing ‘gaps’ frame your photography beautifully!

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    1. Thank you, Denny, I thought so too. I admit to being lazy and not finding a better word for these gaps. 😀 English has too many words.


  4. Lignum Draco says:

    I suppose some photographers would set up camp in these “hides” just waiting to get the right photo.

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    1. I’m sure they do just that, Dragon. 🙂 When we were there – end of December – nobody seemed to be around, but also not much wildlife. They were made for photographers!


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