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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

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

Fischadler in Speyside

FischadlerWelcher Ornithologe träumt nicht mal von einer Fischadler – Beobachtung bei der man dem Adler direkt ins Nest gucken kann. Oder den Adler beim Anflug an´s Nest ablichten kann. Ok, in Ost-Deutschland kommt der Fischadler (Pandion haliaetus) schon etwas häufiger vor. Aber aus Artenschutzgründen ist der Zugang streng reglementiert. Das ist auch gut so. Gut, daß es dennoch Wege zu schönen Fischadlerfotos gibt. Um gute Fotos des Fischadler zu bekommen sollte einen ein Besuch in die Speyside mitten in Schottland führen. Dies ist eine berühmtenGegend für – zumindest britische Verhältnisse – seltene Vögel wie Steinadler (Aquila chrysaetos), Ohrentaucher (Podiceps auritus) und Kornweihe (Circus cyaneus).

Also führte uns ein Flug Mitte Juli bei einer reinen Flugzeit von 1,5 Stunden nach Edinburgh. Nach einem Start in Düsseldorf bei strahlendem Sonnenschein erwartet uns dort tristes Grau und Nieselregen um die 12 ° Celsius. Der Wetterbericht ließ auch nichts Gutes ahnen, denn das durchwachsene Wetter soll die nächsten 2 Tage anhalten. Ich nahm an dem sehr unübersichtlichen Flughafen von Edinburgh den Continue reading Fischadler in Speyside