Friday, 6 November 2009

Destinations: Krka National Park - Croatia

The Krka National Park lies in Central Dalmatia, in Croatia, along the scenic, often rushing Krka River. Krka is home to a good range of reptiles, such as Hermann's Tortoise, Moorish Gecko, Balkan Green Lizard, Dalmatian Wall Lizard, Dalmatian Algyroides, European Glass Lizard and Leopard Snake. Common birds include Yellow-legged Gull, Scops Owl, Cetti's and Subalpine Warblers, Spanish Sparrow, Blue Rock Thrush, Western Rock Nuthatch and Cirl Bunting. Pygmy Cormorants are increasing and Rock Partridge not uncommon. In summer Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush can be seen. Raptors include Short-toed and Golden Eagles. In summer butterflies, such as the endemic Dalmatian Ringlet, abound and dragonflies hawk over the numerous waters. In peak holiday periods the areas around the waterfalls here can be crowded, so best to visit "off-peak" or on a working day. Also, beware of going "off the beaten track", meaning walking off marked trails as there are areas here where mine-fields have yet to be cleared and some places are not well marked. Krka NP lies just inland from Sibenik, just over an hour from Split.

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