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Der Rickelsbüller Koog, das nördlichste Naturschutzgebiet Deutschlands

SingschwanDas Vogelparadies zwischen Wiesen und Watt deint zehntausenden Zugvögel als Rastgebiet. Zugvögel verbringen alljährlich in dem 535 Hektar großen Naturschutzgebiet an der deutsch-dänischen Grenze mindestens einige Tage, um „aufzutanken“. Rund 150 verschiedene Arten sind hier schon beobachtet worden, darunter Alpenstrandläufer (Calidris alpina), Große Brachvögel (Numenius arquata) und Austernfischer (Haematopus ostralegus). Auf offenen Flächen bauen Wiesenvögel wie Wiesenpieper (Anthus pratensis) und Feldlerche (Alauda arvensis) ihre Nester, und im Schutze des Schilfes leben Enten. Ab Ende März besetzen die Brutvögel den Koog. Etwa 50 verschiedene Brutarten sind bisher nachgewiesen, darunter auch so seltene Arten wie Lachseeschwalbe (Gelochelidon nilotica), Seeregenpfeifer (Charadrius alexandrinus) und Grauammer (Emberiza calandra). Zu den gefiederten Gästen, die das ganze Jahr im Koog bleiben, gehören Kiebitz (Vanellus vanellus) Austernfischer, Rotschenkel (Tringa totanus) und Stockenten(Anas platyrhynchos). Was den Ricksbüller Koog besonders attraktiv macht, ist seine Vernetzung mit den umgebenden Naturräumen wie etwa dem dänischen Margrethe-Koog oder dem Wattenmeer vor dem Landesschutzdeich.

Der Rickelsbüller Koog ist ein idealer Ausgangspunkt für die Vogelbeobachtung und Exkursionen am Rande des Nationalparks Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer.   Das Naturschutzgebiet Continue reading Der Rickelsbüller Koog, das nördlichste Naturschutzgebiet Deutschlands

Tree Pipit: back from Africa

BaumpieperA remembrance of a song, beautiful and both familiar and strange. It took a while until I got the clue. It was a Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) singing in a woodland in the heath on sunday. Singing now south of Berlin, seen 20 days ago in Cameroon. There the subspecies trivialis was still fairly common near the Ngaoundaba Ranch on the Adamawa Plateau of middle Cameroon in the beginning of April. Other migrant WP-birds were Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Great Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) and many Whinchats (Saxicola rubetra).

The Tree Pipit is a small passerine bird which breeds across most of Europe. It is an nondescript species, similar to the Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis). The Tree Pipit is brown with streakings above and has black markings on a white belly and buff breast below. It can be distinguished from the slightly smaller Meadow Pipit by its heavier bill and greater contrast between its buff breast and white belly. Tree pipits more readily perch in trees in comparison Continue reading Tree Pipit: back from Africa

Observation site for spring migration on the river Oder

SchwanzmeiseAfter having presented protected nature areas in the Havellaendisches Luch or the Guelper See, a recent blog was dealing with the Oder valley in general and The National Park Lower Oder especially. The National Park protects a flood plain, the last still intact in large parts of the estuary of Central Europe.

A rainy, cloudy Sunday led me to the river Oder. Having refueled with gasoline and a Breakfast from a gas station I decided going to Criewener polder south of Schwedt. Criewen is a small village only 3 km south of the industrial city of Schwedt and roughly 100km north-east of Berlin. The car I parked just in front the bridge on the western side channel of the Oder. I grabbed the tripod, spotting scope and the Canon 4.0 / 400 DO from the car. So I walked up to a bench not far from the crossing between the entry road from the village of Criewen and the dike. Here you really an impressive view over the whole polder with riparian woods and wide Continue reading Observation site for spring migration on the river Oder

Young Whinchat on summer morning

BraunkehlchenA fresh morning. Thick layers of fog are lying over the wetlands of the Nuthe floodplain south of Berlin. The weather forecast was perfect and everywhere there were numerous motives. So I took advantage of every free minute in the morning to be outside. The meadows along the river offer a diverse habitat structure. One family of Whinchats (Saxicola rubetra) with at least 2 juveniles were seen in uncut grassland. I placed the car not far from a pole inside the meadow, hoping a young Whinchat, I had seen before, to return. After a while the recently fledged Whinchat really returned to the pole. In the first morning light, it started to preen and stretch the wings. Obviously it wanted to get rid of their youngster’s feather dress. Successful, as it seems. With a surprised look, the young Whinchat looked after the flying plume.

The area south of Berlin has a lot to offer in terms of nature. In addition to the natural richness this is a legacy of the division of Germany, which has prevented the city´s spread after the end of the 2nd World War like in no other city. This means, that even today you often have to pass the city limits only in order to stand in the middle of nature. One of these areas is the Continue reading Young Whinchat on summer morning

Waterfowl Spring migration on the flooded meadows of the river Oder/ Germany

SchnatterenteAlready several sites for nature protection with excellent birding ops in Brandenburg has been presented. One of these sites is a protected nature area in the Havellaendisches Luch or the Guelper See. If you have spare time between two tourist attractions in Germany´s sprawling capital Berlin you might be interested as a birdwatcher to know, where you can find good places to enjoy fresh air and relax with birding for typical European birds. Berlin, the capital of Germany is a top tourist destination and easy to reach by air or car. So the city is a great place to combine a city trip with a birding excursion.

One of these sites is a National Park in Oder valley (Polish: Odra). The Oder is a river in Central Europe which rises in the Czech Republic and ultimately flows into the Szczecin Lagoon of the Baltic Sea. The National Park Lower Oder protects a flood plain, the last still intact in large parts of the estuary of Central Europe with its adjacent slopes, mixed deciduous forests and dry grasslands.

April demonstrated spring time with pleasant temperatures, a pleasant southern wind and usually sunshine. The first weekend provided a significant boost in migratory birds. Especially thrushes – including the first Ring Ouzels (Turdus torquatus) were Continue reading Waterfowl Spring migration on the flooded meadows of the river Oder/ Germany

Die Reuselse Moeren als Vogelbeobachtungsgebiet

BaumpieperWer die im Blog über die niederländischen Moorgebiete (Veen) beschriebenen Gebiete besuchen will oder auf dem Weg nach Texel, einen fotografischen Zwischenstopp einlegen will, dem bietet sich ein Abstecher zu dem Naturreservat Reuselse Moeren an. In der Nähe der Kleinstadt Bladel nicht weit von Eindhoven an der holländisch-belgischen Grenze – gut erreichbar über die A67 – liegt bei der Gemeinde Reusel das reizvolle Moor- und Heidegebiet, das für Naturfotografen ein lohnendes Fotoziel mit exzellenten Aufnahmemöglichkeiten darstellt.

Die Reuselse Moeren umfaßt eine Fläche von ungefähr 150 Hektar mit Hochmoorresten, kleinen, trockenen und feuchteren Heidegebieten, Weiden- gebüschen, Gagelsträuchern und einigen Magerwiesen.

Die Reuselse Moeren schützen eine typische niederländische Wald- und Moorlandschaft. Zwergtaucher (Tachybaptus ruficollis) und Schwarzhalstaucher (Podiceps nigricollis) Continue reading Die Reuselse Moeren als Vogelbeobachtungsgebiet

Pulli – young birds on Northern Sea Coast

SturmmöweSpending the yearly vacation this time in the Netherlands, it was possible to look for birds as well. Besides an observation of an adult Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) north of Callantsoog in the newly established nature reserve “The Nollen van Abbestede”,  I could see a lot of young birds – the so-called pulli – of various birds on the sea shore.

Identification of Pulli – young birds in general – not only on the coast of the Northern Sea – is not an easy task. Sometimes you are lucky with the „Handbuch der Voegel Mitteleuropas“, by Urs N. Glutz von Blotzheim. For waders some useful information you will find in “Strand- und Sumpfvögel Europas – Einschließlich Nordafrika und des Nahen Ostens”by Wolfgang Makatsch. Some nice information with images of clutches, locking jaws, dune-plumage, some photos of the nursery of the birds you will find in “Vogelnester : nach Farbfotos erkannt” in the selection  Sauers Naturführer by Dr. Frieder Sauer. Besides that, there are little comprehensible images Continue reading Pulli – young birds on Northern Sea Coast

Junger Wiesenpieper in den Schoorlse Duin in Noord-Holland/ NL

WiesenpieperDer junge Wiesenpieper (Anthus pratensis) schaut noch ein wenig ängstlich – aber auch neugierig. Ein paar wunderschön, bunt blühende Pflanzen am Rande eines ausgezeichneten Dünenlebensraums beeindruckten neben ihrer Schönheit mit einer starken Anziehungskraft auf einige Singvögel. Die blühenden Pflanzen und deren Saat zog vor allem Finken wie den Karmingimpel (Carpodacus erythrinus), aber auch Continue reading Junger Wiesenpieper in den Schoorlse Duin in Noord-Holland/ NL

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) on Norderney

Northern HarrierNorderney, the most densely populated island in the german Wadden Sea is with good reason called a bird paradise. Terns, Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Common Redshank (Tringa tetanus) , Brent Geese (Branta bernicla), Greylag Geese (Anser anser)and many other birds of water are to be found there, as well as the rare Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), or raptors as Kestrels, Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) and Buzzards. The birds are back from their wintering grounds in southern Europe and Africa and have reached their breeding grounds on Norderney safe.

On the meadows at the airport breed Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) defend clamoring their turf against intrusive neighbors in the Grohdeheller, Common Redshank (Tringa tetanus) flutes from their perch on the fence posts along the salt marshes in the Grohdepolder and the dunes to the east of the island host again a large breeding colony of gulls. Breeding pairs of the rare Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) live on the island, too. The Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus, also called the Hen Harrier was the main reason to arrange a trip to Norderney in early May this year. Finally the Northern Harriers have returned from their wintering areas. On a trip to China – on Happy Island – Northern Harrier could be photographed very successfully on migration  -interesting enough only females. The courtship and breeding period should now be photographed.

For shots of the beginning of courtship, it was too late. Beginning and mid of April you can observe Continue reading Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) on Norderney