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Gänsegeiervorkommen in Deutschland im Jahr 2014

GänsegeierDer im Blog vom 5. Januar 2014 beschriebene subadulte Gänsegeier (Gyps fulvus) im Wonnegau bei Worms ist nun im Journal „Seltene Vögel in Deutschland 2014“ (s. S 10) in einen größeren Kontext gestellt worden. Dabei wurde zusammengestellt, daß dieser große Greif auch an vielen anderen Orten in Deutschland gemeldet wurde. Mit 21 Nachweisen 2014 bestätigte der Gänsegeier damit seinen Status als seltener, aber regelmäßiger Gast in Deutschland. So wurde er u.a. von Schleswig-Holstein vom 15.2.-13.3.2014 von Fehmarn, von Niedersachsen am 22.5.2014 bei Wittingen im Kreis Gifhorn oder am 5.7.2014 von Preten, Kreis Lüneburg, von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern am 29.3.2014 von der Ortschaft Dranske auf Rügen, von Nordrhein-Westfalen am 2.2.2014 von Warstein-Hirschberg im Kreis Soest, am 18.5.2014 aus Grefrath im Kreis Viersen, am 22.5.2014 von Hilden in der Nähe von Düsseldorf, von Hessen am 18.5.2014 von Gambach im Wetteraukreis gemeldet.

Der Vogel, der in Rheinland-Pfalz vom 2.-26.Januar 2014 aus der Nähe von Dirmstein im Kreis Bad Dürkheim war der Gast, der Continue reading Gänsegeiervorkommen in Deutschland im Jahr 2014

Wallcreeper in the Sierra de Guara in Northern Spain

MauerläuferMy first attempts were not successful. The very reliable Wallcreeper wall in the town of Alquezar in Aragon revealed a Sparrowhawk instead. In search of this elusive high mountain dweller I payed attention to an article by Dave Gosney from 19th of find March 2008  on ” Birding abroad“. The article is titled: “Finding Wallcreepers in the Sierra de Guara“. The Sierra de Guara is a mountain range south of the famous Ordesa National Park in northern Spain. The peaks Continue reading Wallcreeper in the Sierra de Guara in Northern Spain

Griffon vulture in the Wonnegau in the middle of Germany

Eurasian GriffonCurrently, an unusual visitor from the south of Europe can be seen in an area of Rheinhessen between the cities of Gruenstadt, Worms and Ludwigshafen. The distance to Frankfurt am Main is only 100km in south-western direction. The bird is a Eurasian Griffon – or Griffon Vulture – (Gyps fulvus). The Vulture has been detected in the area on 02nd of January 2014 . Most Birder observe with spotting scopes from the concrete field roads that run through this intensively used agriculture landscape. The last days, the vultures could be observed in a field between the suburbs Obersuelzen and Obrigheim. The area is intensively  used by wind farm deployments – as you see in the images.

After days with mild but rainy weather the forecast for Sunday afternoon was quite favorable and I took the chance to photograph in a sudden clearing of the skies some shots of the Eurasian Griffon sitting on the ground of a field, which later took flight. A few pictures can be seen here. The Vulture is not an particulary shy, but you should not startle the bird and additionally the rain has extremely softened the fields and the field roads not fixed with a hard surface. Photo distances are therefore to be bridged only with a long tele lens.

When I arrived on Sunday, 5th of Jan. 2014, it was very cloudy. The bird sat quietly in a field and was only occasionally harassed without haste by some Carrion Crows (Corvus corone) flying over the big bird. The Crows seemed to be quite friendly – at least compared to the behavior when a Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) showed up. Fiercely this raptor was attacked. The griffon vulture was found not worried. Only now and then he scratched the bill with his legs. As the sun came out, he find Continue reading Griffon vulture in the Wonnegau in the middle of Germany