A Steppe Eagle, Aquila nipalensis: From Eye to Eye

Most pictures of Steppe Eagle you find in the internet are from falconry or zoos. But the keen birdwatchter want the right stuff. Here you can see Steppe Eagle, Aquila nipalensis, in the wild. Photographed in the desert environment of Dhofar/Oman near the city of Salalah. To cope with the growing demand for top shots of the rarer species of the Palearctic, Bird-Lens is keen to enrich the range of pictures of birds you can find in the western palearctic. Trips to remote places to capture images of rare birds of western palearctic were very successful. Part of the images gained are photos of Baillon’s Crake, Heuglin’s Gull and Imperial Eagle. The behaviour of Steppe Eagles is not very eagle-like. They prefer to scavange but are able to kill their own prey, too. This is the reason, that Steppe Eagles can be found on garbage dumps in Arabia where they find easy food supply on carcasses of livestock and slaughterhouse waste. Continue reading A Steppe Eagle, Aquila nipalensis: From Eye to Eye

Nearctic specialities on Bird-Lens

Each year, especially in fall, there is a high influx of birds from Northern American. Just have a look at the EUROTWITCH-BIRDLINE with rare bird alerts for Europe and Western Palaearctic under http://www.surfbird.de/eurotwitch. The birdline managed by our friend on the islands to the west of the continent is full with top birding observations as – e.g. ROSS’S SNOW GEESE, SMALL CANADA GOOSE, AMERICAN WIGEONS, BLUE-WINGED TEALS, LESSER SCAUPS, SURF SCOTERS or BUFFLEHEADS.
To cope with the growing demand for top shots of Nearctic birds from customers of the eastern side of the Atlantic ocean, too, Bird-Lens is proud to present a wide range of pictures shot in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Mexico and Florida. Are you interested? A first impression you will find in the gallery of Nearctic birds here. There you will finde 450+ Pictures of various bird species often in different plumages. An update of the image stock in the “Pictures Shop” is coming very soon. Just give me a message, if I could serve you with a request before the pictures are online.
Other successful shootings you can see under: http://www.bird-lens.com/photos-2/birds-of-the-nearctic/.

Germany: the best birding sites

„Die 50 besten Vogelbeobachtungsplätze in Deutschland“.  The 50 best bird observation sites in Germany. Where to observe birds in free nature? The answer to that question is delivered by a “Falke-Sonderband“. This release leads reliably to the best observation places in Germany. The text is written in german but the coordinates for each location speak for themselves. The booklet is full of nice images. One pictures is showing the Eurasian River Warbler of the author of this blog, which has been already commented in a previous blog. At the beginning of the booklet a geographical map points all 50 bird observation places and you can see, which „Hot spot “ is located for example in the proximity of your apartment or your hotel. The one, who is keen to observe a target bird can informed himself with a list of observation places to 240 species of birds. Continue reading Germany: the best birding sites

Purple-Blue over a sea of grass….

Observing bird migration in the UAE is one of the prime birdwatchter´s target. But also the resident species are targets in their own rights. This is true for sure for one of the most colorful birds in UAE, the Indian Roller, Coracias benghalensis, which used to be called the “Blue Jay”. Some people have even described the Indian Roller as a very colorful woodpecker. This species is a member of the roller family of birds. They are found mainly in the Indian Subcontinent, but also in Arabia. A special feature of the Indian Roller is the aerobatic displays of the male during the breeding season. In the Emirates they are very commonly seen in open grassland irrigated in the middle of the desert but also in urban parks and gardens. Continue reading Purple-Blue over a sea of grass….

The Brahminy Starling: a vagrant from India at the coast of Oman

Brahminy Starling: a vagrant from India at the coast of Oman. Migration time in Oman is prime birdwatching time. After having seen Moustached Warbler and Savi’s Warbler in the middle of the Oman´s deserts, now I can present the 3rd bird, which will be announced via a Rare Bird Report to the Oman Bird Records Committee.

About the distribution and the habitat of this starling, it is said, that it is a resident breeder in Nepal and India and a winter visitor to Sri Lanka. This passerine bird is usually found in dry forest and cultivation and is often found close to human habitations. These birds like to roost in leafy trees as it happened here, in a small wadi near Sadah. Coordinates: N 17° 03´5169´´ E 55°04´4054´´.  Both birds were very reluctant to show up. If I would not have spend a minimum of 2 hours to photograph Pale Crack-Martin, Hirundo obsoleta,  on a nest built under the roof of a prayer hall, I would probably missed this species. Continue reading The Brahminy Starling: a vagrant from India at the coast of Oman

Moustached Warbler in the middle of the Oman Desert

Migration time in the desert could be very rewarding as surprises could arise everywhere. So happens with a Moustached Warbler, Acrocephalus melanopogon, in the little nice oasis of Mudday in the north-western corner of Dhofar/ Oman.

This passerine bird is a species found in upright aquatic vegetation such as reeds and sedge as it happens in this oasis, too. Found in a tiny patch of reed of a size of maybe 2 squaremeters right in the middle of a concrete pool, which exhibits the core of the oasis area. The oasis was otherwise densely covered by stands of date palms. This bird normally keeps well hidden in dense vegetation and is only located by it´s rattling sound. If once located by their characteristic calls, it might happen, that the bird feels treated when agitated by the sound of a tape recorder. In that case on the 10th of march 2012, at around 10:00 I was successful in shooting the photo of the blog and more pictures, you will see here!

This Old World warbler in the genus Acrocephalus breeds mainly in southern Europe and southern temperate Asia. Continue reading Moustached Warbler in the middle of the Oman Desert

White-tailed Eagles in Hungary

The last December in Hungary was still more or less snowless. A trip to the eastern part of Hungary, the Hortobágy pussta made great photos at feeding stations in that vast area possible. There I visited the so-called eagle hides – especially constructed to photograph White-tailed Eagles. The best pictures you will find under “Photo” or in the gallery of the “Pictures shop”. The hides are located in the different parts of the Hortobágy National Park, some close to forest patches which are regularly used by the eagles for roosting. Other are installed in the middle of open steppe habitat.  To attract the eagles to these feeding stations, fish carcasses were provided by the national park rangers and a tour operator. The sites attracted Caspian and some species of birds from the crow family as well. Continue reading White-tailed Eagles in Hungary

New Bird Images in Picture Shop

Bird Lens is proud to show some excellent images of the birds shot from a hide in Hungary in December in the gallery of the pictures shop. The hide is located in the eastern part of Hungary in a superb old oak forest. The hide has a drinking pool in front of the window of the hide and a feeder attracted woodpeckers and some passerine birds, mainly tits. That year, it was a winter poor in snow. The temperatures and the colors of the fallen leaves created a feeling of fall or even late indian summer. Excellent conditions to photograph on 2 days from inside the hide. Besides the birds who showed up were Continue reading New Bird Images in Picture Shop

Best selling Bird Picture 2011; the River warbler

Now with all sales of images of the last year examind, Bird Lens is proud to say, that this image of a River warbler, Locustella fluviatilis, Schlagschwirl (German), Krekelzanger (Dutch); Locustelle fluviatile (French) is the most successful; in terms of number of publications and revenues.  The photo of this nice singing individual was shot on May, 22nd 2004 at the Teerofenbruecke near Schwedt. This area is a well-known gate to the national park “Lower Odertal”, a national park created in 1995 in the northeast of Brandenburg/ Germany near the border to poland. The wide river with its riparian forest is habitat for many rare and protected plants and animals, among them beavers. The regular distribution for the breeding grounds of the River warbler are from eastern Germany to Russia, north to Finland and south to Romania. In the non-breeding season it winters between Zambia and north-eastern South Africa.
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Black Sittella in Papua New Guinea

In the Central Highlands of PNG I found this nice Black Sittella (Daphoenositta miranda) . This species belongs in the Neosittidae family. It is found in several mountainous areas in New Guinea. There is not much known about this close relative of the more common Varied Sittella. Even Wikipedia does not show much more. For more details of Black Sittella (Daphoenositta miranda) – HBW 12, p. 641 or look at their website The subspecies kuboriensis occurs in the Central Highlands (Kubor Range and Mt Giluwe), in EC New Guinea. This nice male individuum Continue reading Black Sittella in Papua New Guinea

Latin America Symposium 2011

Latin America Biodiversity

The 4th Latin America Symposium was held on   Dec.9th/10th 2011 in Bonn at the Zoologische Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK). The Latin-America Symposium “Monitoring and Securing Biodiversity”, organized by ZFMK and the ILZ, Bonn, Participants were from all over the world. The AmiBio consortium was well represented by Dr. Olaf Jahn and Prof.Dr. Karl-L. Schuchmann (ZFMK), Dr. Todor Ganchev (UOP), Ms. Vassiliki Dimitriou, Ms. Evangelia Antoniou, Mr. Florent Celhay, Mr. Dimitris Kyrgiopoulos (SPAY). All presentations contributed to a better understanding for monitoring and securing biodiversity. Continue reading Latin America Symposium 2011

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