Fish, Animals & Wild Life, Plitvicka Jezera National Park
The park consists of 16 lakes surrounded by beautiful forests. Characteristic of the area are the many rapids and waterfalls that connect the lakes together. The park attracts thousands of visitors and facilities are therefore also good. You can use electric buses that take you to the start of walks through the park. They also take you from one trail to another or back to your hotel. Walkways and good hiking trails also provide excellent conditions for hikers.
To get from one bank to the other bank are also a few boats at your disposal. Because the trails are very well constructed and signposted has not required. The forests around the lakes are the habitat of some rare animals, including wolves, bears and wild cats. These life especially deeper into the woods and you will not soon encounter in the immediate vicinity of the lakes. The Plitvice Lakes are an absolute must for anyone who loves beautiful nature
Plitvice Lakes, and I was hoping to see some Fauna in this Park. I had read it is home to 120 species of birds, and that I may see hawks, owls, cuckoos, thrushes, starlings, kingfishers, wild ducks and herons. Depending on the season, maybe black storks and ospreys and flocks of butterflies. Animals, and maybe a Bear, or Deer, Boar, Rabbits, Foxes and Badgers.
Well, luck wasn't with me, all I saw was a common Duck that I see at home, and a pretty dragon fly, a little disappointing!
Here we are, standing on a boardwalk, looking at hundreds of Fish swimming happily in the water because they know they are safe from humans...........
STRICTLY NO FISHING ALLOWED ANYWHERE IN THE PARK!
We were at Kaluðerovac Jezero, which is a fairly long lake, with very clear water. Only a few Fish species live in Plitvice lakes. I don't know all the species, but perhaps you do..... trout, chub, roach, pijor, klen and crvenperka.
Not all lakes of Plitvice are suitable for trout to feed and breed, and due to spreading growth of vegetation at the barriers, one type of Fish is endangering the lives of the Trout.
Not only do you find Fish in the water, but crayfish that have almost been extinct are now breeding and increasing in numbers. We even saw a submerged Boat and the fish swimming around in it!
By the way the Fish come to the people, I should think they have been fed by human hands, a big NO-NO in a National Park!
Unforgettable sight - of a fishes in crystal clear, green, turquoise waters of the lakes in which they're floating - sometimes in crowd rather than lonely, not being afraid of the men - though some may think of them as a delicious meal.
Sometimes those sights are enough to make you think, where for the last time and how often do you come accross of that kind of views in the world beyond the natural parks and sparsely populated areas.
Yes, one of the nice features of the lakes are it's fish population, which is by no mean small. Fish got used to tourists and now became some beggars for food. You can almost touch them, you can even try to take macro shots of them. I know I tried this and some other tourist almost tripped on me because he was looking up at the waterfalls :)
Rather than taking the trams, I highly recommend that you do as much hiking around the lake trails as you can fit in. The walking is easy and the trails are well-marked. Along the way, you can marvel at all the one-of-a-kind natural wonders, and see things like a school of fish taking a rest right under your feet. The photo shown here was taken looking straight down at the lake's surface.
I don't know about fish apart from eating them. So, take a closer look at the fish in the lake, What fish are those ?
We can't fish here as not to disturn the natural habitats around Plitvice National Park.
So, be careful as you walk, don't even throw anything in the water that might cause some illness to the fish !
Respect Our Nature.
Visitors are expected to walk around following marked routes. Large fraction of routes consists of wooden paths. They bridge many smaller lakes and streams except for the biggest one, Lake Kozjak. You need to mount a boat there that will take you to the other side.
The water of the lakes is esmerald green as evident from most of my photos. Also, most lakes are abundant with fish - you can see large schools of fish every few meters. Fishing, of course, isn't allowed nor is feeding them. If I see you do that, I'll tell you off. No kidding!!!
Look for wildlife in Plitvice. It's a happy place to live for the little beasts. There is a lot of fish too but no one is allowed to hunt them. You are not allowed even to dip your feet or swim in the water adn waterfalls.
I have spent long minutes just enjoying the aquatic life.
It was amazing the image of ducks fighting with fish for a piece of bread...
Standing near a ponton, waiting for the electrical boat to come, you have to resist the temptation to feed the fish :)
Wild life .. sounds rough .. but the wild life at Plitvice is mostly funny looking little ducks :) which enjoys along witht the tourists a stroll on the lake.
As we walk on the pedestrian crossing, we would notice the fish in the lakes ! Very nice sights.
You can't fishing in the park so we can only see them & take photos.