River Sava, flowing between Šentjakob and Brinje, shot from a kite (in cloudy weather and bad light conditions, just before 5pm).
There is a nice story behind this river bend. It was created in september 2010 when a truly exceptional flow - exceeding 1.200 cubic meters per second - of this barely tamed river destroyed almost 600 m of the left bank channel wall (that was constructed in 1907 by Austro-Hungarian engineers), reclaiming and 'renaturalizling' it.
In the early spring of 2011 European sand martins (Riparia riparia, a type of swallow) arrived from Africa and found the new, natural riverbank exremely suitable for their type of nesting: diging deep burrows in the sand of the upper part of the vertical river bank to avoid predators.
The large notch in the riverbank was growing and destroying more and more of the fertile soil, so a team came with the heavy equipment to restore the river channel. But at the time over 80 pairs of sand martins were already nesting there - and sand martins are a strictly protected species in Slovenia. Ha!
So they had to compromise: a retaining wall was build upstream to divert the power of Sava away from the dent and thus prevent further bank erosion - and sand martins got to stay here.
Their burrows are currently waiting for them to fly back home in March - and as the kite is a quiet beast, we will surely try to approach stealthily from above and get some photos of sand martin families 😊.
Shot with Nikon 1 J1 attached to a Rokkaku kite.