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Kleiber an Nisthöhle in Estland

Kleiber (europ.)In dem baltischen Staat Estland mit seiner flachen Topographie ist ein wild schäumender Fluß eine Seltenheit. Die Meldung auf der lokalen Birderplattform für Estland, daß hier eine Zitronenstelze (Motacilla citreola) gesichtet worden, war, machte daher neugierig. Nach einem erfolgreichen Foto-Shooting der Doppelschnepfe (Gallinago media) in der Nähe von Haapsalu wartete ein Aufenthalt im Lahemma NP auf mich. Bei einem Besuch des alten Wasserkraftwerks von Kunda können wir wunderschön ein Paar des Kleibers (Sitta europaea) an seiner Bruthöhle beobachten.

An einem Park mit seinem Clubhaus parken wir den Wagen. Wir laufen durch den anständig mückenverseuchten Park. Der Kunda Hydro-electric Dam ist wirklich sehenswert. Eine tief eingeschnittene Schlucht und ein aufgestauter Fluß der vormals auf natürliche Weise einen recht anständigen Höhenunterschied überwand. Na, gut. Nur so macht ein Wasserkraftwerk Sinn. Eine Continue reading Kleiber an Nisthöhle in Estland

Keoladeo National Park, a paradise also for Western Palearctic birds

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)Is it possible to combine business and birding in India? The country is large, the distance too and most business is performed in a metropolitan area – New Delhi. Although supposedly in the area of New Delhi only 250,000 people live after the Indian census of 2011, but there are at least several million in the greater Delhi area . Nature must stand back there. Nearby , however, is Keoladeo . According to wikipedia is a national park in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Keoladeo is also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. The National Park is located about 50 km west of Agra near the town of Bharatpur and not too far south of the city of New Delhi, the capital of India. As a business trip to New Delhi allowed for a few days off for birding, I opted for the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary.

From Germany first the trip went to New Delhi. I stayed in the city, had four grueling days in business meetings with constantly running air conditioning in darkened rooms and then went on a weekend to my well-deserved relaxation destination, the Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur. But before the bird’s enjoyment there are more exhausting times to cope with. Although there are only about 200 km to the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. But they are strenuous. At least 3 hours – rather 4 hours – you are traveling on dusty, crowded highways in almost constant traffic jam. But then you’re on your final destination: in Keoladeo, India´s paradise for water birds. It is for India which for Botswana is the Okavango and the Everglades mean for America. The local population knows Keoladeo as “Ghana” . In their language the word means “forest” or “jungle”. Keoladeo was originally the private duck hunting ground of the Maharajas of Bharatpur. In the swamps many water birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia are wintering. Supposedly over Continue reading Keoladeo National Park, a paradise also for Western Palearctic birds