Tag Archives: Common Starling

Der ungewöhnlich „gemeine“ Star

StarEin Star (Sturnus vulgaris) hockt auf einem Weidepfahl auf den Azoren. Überall, wo ich Vögel fotografiere, sehe ich Stare. Manchmal allein, vor allem im Herbst in großen Schwärmen. Dese Vögel sind inzwischen sehr häufig in vielen Ländern der Welt. In den USA sind sie „eingewandert“ und werden daher als European Starlings genannt. Auf den Azoren wird er Estorninho-malhado gerufen.

Wegen seiner Allgegenwart werden Stare entweder gar nicht beachtet oder – vor allem in den Gegenden, in denen sie ausgesetzt wurden (so in den USA) – allgemein als Schädlinge betrachtet. Auch deutsche Winzer sind von Staren nicht immer begeistert.

Von der allgemeinen Bevölkerung werden sie häufig einfach ignoriert. Bei näherer Betrachtung zeigt sich jedoch ein wunderschönes Federkleid und ein unglaubliches Repertoire an Gesängen und Lauten. Die erwachsenen Vögel haben ein irisierend, schwarzes Federkleid und im Winter ist es mit weißen Flecken oder Tropfen gesprenkelt. Abhängig vom Winkel des Lichteinfalls reflektieren die schwarzen Federn glänzend grün oder lila. Continue reading Der ungewöhnlich „gemeine“ Star

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