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Pelagischer Trip in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten

ArabiensturmtaucherKurz nach 14:00 Uhr geht es  mit dem Boot los. Der Fahrer ist ein einheimischer Skipper, der sonst wohl Sportfischer mit raus nimmt. Man merkt und sieht, daß Treibstoff bzw. dessen Kosten keine Rolle spielt. Die beiden dicken Yamaha-Motoren haben zusammen 600 PS (wenn ich die Aufschrift richtig lese). Direkt im Hafen sehen wir schon mal eine Sandbank mit Hemprichmöwe (Larus hemprichii), Heringsmöwe (Larus fuscus), Dünnschnabelmöwe (Larus genei), Flußseeschwalbe (Sterna hirundo) und Lachmöwe (Larus ridibundus) (teilweise schon mit der Prachtkleid-Kapuze). Bei den Großmöwen sind nun direkte Vergleiche möglich. So hat eine Großmöwe perfekt das Aussehen, das im “Gulls of Europe, Asia & North America” von Olsen et.al. für Continue reading Pelagischer Trip in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten

Vogelreichtum auf schottischer Inselwelt

KrähenscharbeFelsnadeln, die aus dem schäumenden Meer emporsteigen. Abweisend auf den ersten Blick, doch voller Leben, wenn man in den Sommermonaten in die Nähe kommt. Wenn von Schottland die Rede ist, muß man unbedingt auch auf den Vogelreichtum der Inselwelt vor der Küste hinweisen. Orkney, Shetland oder St. Kilda sind weltbekannt, aber nicht so einfach und schnell zu erreichen, wie die kleinen Inseln nur einige Meilen vor der schottischen Ostküste nahe Edinburgh. Am bekanntesten ist sicher der berühmte Boss Rock oder die Isle of May. Kurz hinter der schottischen Grenze in England, sind die Farne Islands ein perfektes Ziel für Naturfotografen. Jede dieser Inseln kann für einige Stunden pro Tag betreten werden und bietet hervorragende Fotomöglichkeiten. Der Bass Rock ist der namensgebende Vogelfelsen für den Basstölpel (Morus bassanus). Außer auf Helgoland kenne ich nirgends bessere Fotomöglichkeiten für diese Art. Die Isle of May einige Meilen vor Anstruther beherbergt vor allem Tordalken (Alca torda), Papageitaucher (Fratercula arctica), Krähenscharben (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) und Trottellummen (Uria aalge).  Ein vergleichbares Artenspekturm gilt für die Farne Islands. Hier kommen zusätzlich noch Continue reading Vogelreichtum auf schottischer Inselwelt

Fall migration at the Black Sea Coast/ Romania

Spectacular numbers of Pallid Harrier, Circus macrourus, and Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, were the highlight of the first day. Having spent 3 days in May north of Constanta at Romania´s Black Sea coast, it was decided to try our luck with birds again in the area around the village of Vadu. The target was, to increase the birdlist and to look what differences in the bird diversity we could experience. South of the Danube Delta is wide stretch of a sandy shoreline with shallow lagoons. This is part of Romania´s Black Sea coast. September– like May – is migration time. Whereas the association of the east Romanian countryside is normally with the core Danube Delta with its special 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 not only for migrating birds, too. Two dedicated bird photographers went for the countryside area near of Vadu at the sandy coast in the 3rd week of September 2012. The area called Dobrudja with its steppe habitat more to the west was neglected this time. All breeding specialities should have gone already.

The trip date was perfect, allowing us to see good variety of species, many of them in considerable numbers, especially raptors. We also saw waders, gulls, herons, pelicans and passerines.

The Bird Diversity we enjoyed was high; exactly 90 species of birds we found in only 2,5 days. Highlights of the tour you will find in the gallery. Among others we made photos of Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis, Dalmatian Pelican, Pelecanus crispus, Purple Heron, Ardea purpurea, Ruddy Shelduck, Tadorna ferruginea, Common Shelduck, Tadorna tadorna, Black Kite, Milvus migrans, Western Marsh-Harrier, Circus aeruginosus, Pallid Harrier, Circus macrourus, Montagu’s Harrier, Circus pygargus, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus, Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, Eurasian Hobby, Falco subbuteo, Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus, Common Quail, Coturnix coturnix, Syrian Woodpecker, Dendrocopos syriacus, Red-backed Shrike, Lanius collurio, Sedge Warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, many Willow Warblers, Phylloscopus trochilus, Common Chiffchaff, Phylloscopus collybita, lots of Blackcaps, Sylvia atricapilla, only a few Common Whitethroats, Sylvia communis, many Lesser Whitethroats, Sylvia curruca, many Spotted Flycatchers, Muscicapa striata and Red-breasted Flycatchers, Ficedula parva, good numbers of Common Redstarts, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Whinchats, Saxicola rubetra, Northern Wheatears, Oenanthe oenanthe and a single Tawny Pipit, Anthus campestris.

This tour gave us the opportunity to witness the spectacular autumn migration Continue reading Fall migration at the Black Sea Coast/ Romania

An early Common Gull, Larus canus on Romania´s Black Sea coast

September is fall migration time in Romania´s Black Sea coast. After having seen the spectacular mass migration of Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, in an area south of the Danube Delta with its wide stretch of a sandy shoreline with shallow lagoons we arrived at the sandy beach near the little town of Vadu. The shoreline was dotted with gulls (Common Black-headed Gull, Larus ridibundus, Yellow-legged Gull, Larus michahellis, and Mediterranean Gull, Larus melanocephalus, Little Gull, Larus minutus and some Caspian Gull, Larus cachinnans. Additionally Gull-billed Tern, Sterna nilotica,  Sandwich Tern, Sterna sandvicensis and Common Tern, Sterna hirundo,) and waders (Common Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula, Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata and Sanderling, Calidris alba). A blog describing what could be seen on that excellent birding spot will follow very soon on the 30th of October 2012.

One observation of a gull was remarkable. A gull in non-breeding plumage was swimming not too far from the shore. Heavy streaks on the neck were clearly visible and the bill showed a black ring on grey ground. A black area below/in front of the eye underlined the head markings even more. Only checking the images at home, it was possible to identify this gull as a Common (or Mew) Gull, Larus canus moulting in 2nd winter plumages. According to local ornithologists the Common Gull in September is an unusual record. Usually the Common (or Mew) Gull, Larus canus is starting to appear on its wintering grounds Continue reading An early Common Gull, Larus canus on Romania´s Black Sea coast