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Erster Erfahrungsbericht mit der Canon EOS 1 DX Mark II

Als zufriedener Canon EOS 1D X und ehemaliger EOS 1D Mark IV – User wollte ich irgendwann natürlich auch die nächste Generation dieses Profimodells testen. Über die Jahre hatte ich festgestellt, daß mich sowohl die Canon EOS 1D Mark IV oder auch die D1 X fast immer voll überzeugte, aber eben auch nur fast immer. Bei beiden kritisiere ich den lauten Silent-Mode. Weiter war ich davon überzeugt, daß es inzwischen technische Verbesserungen in der AF-Verfolgung geben müsste. Trotz iTR AF in der Canon EOS 1D X waren die Ergebnisse gerade vor strukturierten Hintergrund nicht wirklich überzeugend. Fliegende Vögel stellen die Technik eben nicht nur aufgrund ihrer Geschwindigkeit sondern auch aufgrund des vielfältigen Lebensraums vor einige Herausforderungen.

Vögel im Flug zu fotografieren ist eine der anstrengendsten aber auch erfüllensten fotografischen Herausforderungen. Die Vögel in Continue reading Erster Erfahrungsbericht mit der Canon EOS 1 DX Mark II

Junge Rohrweihe am Köder

RohrweiheEin traumhafter Hochsommermorgen mit Morgennebel über den Feldern. Die Tage im Sommer scheinen manchmal vogelleer. Doch am frühen Morgen ist die Aktivität unübersehbar.  Die Reste eines Rehs liegt gut 25 Meter vor dem tonnenförmigen Hide. Gespannt warte ich auf die Ankunft des Schreiadlers (Aquila pomarina). Diese mittelgroßen Greife sind im Osten Deutschland, vor allem in Vorpommern, eine nicht so ungewöhnliche Erscheinung. Es ist aber nicht leicht, ein Exemplar aus nächster Nähe zu fotografieren. Zuerst tut sich gar nichts. Dann aber beobachte ich einige Pferde, die den Köder ausgiebig beäugen. Sie stehen nebeneinander in „sicherer“ Entfernung und halten den Köder gut im Blick. Irgendetwas scheint faszinierend und angsteinflößend gleichzeitig zu sein. Irgendwann steht auf einmal eine junge Rohrweihe (Circus aeruginosus), die direkt auf dem Köder Platz nimmt. Nachdem sie sich versichert hat, daß außer den Continue reading Junge Rohrweihe am Köder

Dem Schreiadler ins Nest gucken

SchreiadlerGucken und warten! Manchmal stundenlang, immer wieder mit dem Fernglas auf und über den gegenüberliegenden bewaldeten Hang schauen. Manchmal – am Nachmittag – muß man gegen das Licht blicken, was sehr unangenehm ist. Wobei das Laubwerk der Baumkronen jetzt Mitte April nur noch spärliche Lücken bietet. In ein paar Tagen sind die Bäume dicht belaubt. Doch irgendwann muss der Schreiadler ja kommen. Milos möchte die Balz erleben, die meist unmittelbar nach der Ankunft am Brutplatz beginnt und sehr spektakulär ist. Die Balzflüge am und über dem späteren Brutplatz sind von ausdauernden Wellenflügen des Männchens geprägt. Da steigt der Schreiadler in einem Wellenflug auf, schwingt Continue reading Dem Schreiadler ins Nest gucken

Tripreport Carpathians of Slovakia, June 2014

Steinadler - JungesAfter having visited the Carpathians of Slovakia in April mainly for Hazel grouse photography, I wanted to observe different birds in the same area. In preparation I ordered a birdlist of the species from a local guide which birds might be possible and got the Continue reading Tripreport Carpathians of Slovakia, June 2014

Hide Photography in Bulgaria in July; Images from the Dobruja

Eurasian Golden-Oriole, maleThe north-eastern countryside of Bulgaria called Dobruja or in Bulgarian Dobrudzha or in romanian Dobrogea was not famous of being one of Bulgaria´s birding hot spots for bird-lens before. But a trip to the Romanian Dobrogea in may 2012 was already very productive. Thus maybe an excursion to that thinly populated area south of the city of Silistra might be good as well.

No disappointment!

The area is a charming countryside which has to offer surprisingly good locations to shoot images of excellent birds.

Having been spent 4 days at the place aiming to photograph Golden Oriole, Ortolan Bunting, Bee-eaters, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Barred Warbler, Tawny Pipit, etc. on invitation of Iordan Hristov one of the two owners of Nature Travel has been very productive – as you can see in the gallery. The other owner, Sergey Panayotov, and his friend Iordan Hristov offer Wildlife Workshops, trips with bicycles and canoes but also the chance to sit in one (or more) of their hides located in the superb gently rolling countryside of that part of Bulgaria. The center of these activities is an ancient farmhouse with an orchard meadow behind. The area in General is dry and can be – at least in that aspect – best compared to the Macin Mountains in Romania.

One of the main targets was the Golden Oriole photography. For this the tower hide was used. This brand-new photohide is in the yard of a small farmland. The tower overlooks the branches of a walnut-tree where birds often perch. Several bird species have their territories around the yard and they often perch on the highest branches for their displays in spring. When bird-lens was shooting the images you see in the gallery the breeding season was almost over. I felt, that the birds use the exposed position of this tallest tree to orientate between a open field and a forest behind and the cherry trees in the orchards of that nice village. An excellent chance to photograph Continue reading Hide Photography in Bulgaria in July; Images from the Dobruja

Migration of raptors over the Macin Mountains National Park

Because Macin Mountains is famous as an important migration hotspot for raptors in autumn, we decided to visit this site after a visit in May again at the end of September.

An excellent choice. Arriving only at around 11:00h the activity of the “normal” birds were low. But the highlight, we were looking for, was the migration of flying raptors anyway. This time of the day was just right – as you can see in the gallery. We did manage to observe two adult, White-tailed Eagle, Haliaeetus albicilla in a heavy fight with a pair of Common Raven, and a juvenile individual just flying slowly overhead. Short after a Long-legged Buzzard, Buteo rufinus, hovered over our observation point in search of prey.

Long-legged Buzzard, Buteo rufinus, is one of the largest buzzards of Europe and is the most common bird of prey in the Macin Mountains National Park. He usually builds his nest on cliffs. Other breeding raptors of that area include Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Levant Sparrowhawk and Saker Falcon. But of the rarer breeding raptors we did not see one, but one (or more) migrating Pallid Harrier, Circus macrourus , were seen hovering on the cliff along. We were surprised to see so often (or so many) Pallid Harriers here in Macin again – as we were happy to see the migration of Pallid Harrier along the Black Sea coast north of Constanta. An Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus, could be observed in a furious air combat with a Eurasian Hobby, Falco subbuteo.

Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo, and Lesser Spotted Eagle, Aquila pomarina, were seen just migrating against the steel-blue sky in the wonderful mountainous scenery. It was a brilliant afternoon with not to many images today and large crops to some of them. But the birds which were photographed were top quality.

Of course we did not find any of the breeding songbirds we found in May. As you can read in a blog or see in the gallery at that time we had two species of Continue reading Migration of raptors over the Macin Mountains National Park

Top Birds at Romania´s Black Sea Coast

South of the Danube Delta is a wide stretch of a sandy shoreline with shallow lagoons. This is part of Romania´s Black Sea coast. May is Migration and early breeding time. Whereas the association of the east Romanian countryside is normally with the core Danube Delta with its speciality birds like Pelicans, Black-necked and Red-necked Grebes, Glossy Ibises, Spoonbills, the stretch of coast just south of the Danube Delta up to the northern city limits of Constanta is an excellent birding spot, too. A small group of bird photographers went for that countryside, with the area called Dobrudja more to the west and the area of Vadu at the coast. The tour was organized by Sakertours. The Bird Diversity we enjoyed was high; over 90 species of birds we found in only 3 days, some had just arrived from their wintering grounds in Africa. Highlights of the tour you will find in the gallery. Among others we made photoshots of Great Bittern, Botaurus stellaris, European Honey-buzzard, Pernis apivorus, Montagu’s Harrier, Circus pygargus, Long-legged Buzzard, Buteo rufinus, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Aquila pomarina, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, 2 species of Sparrowhawks Continue reading Top Birds at Romania´s Black Sea Coast