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Der Rickelsbüller Koog, das nördlichste Naturschutzgebiet Deutschlands

SingschwanDas Vogelparadies zwischen Wiesen und Watt deint zehntausenden Zugvögel als Rastgebiet. Zugvögel verbringen alljährlich in dem 535 Hektar großen Naturschutzgebiet an der deutsch-dänischen Grenze mindestens einige Tage, um „aufzutanken“. Rund 150 verschiedene Arten sind hier schon beobachtet worden, darunter Alpenstrandläufer (Calidris alpina), Große Brachvögel (Numenius arquata) und Austernfischer (Haematopus ostralegus). Auf offenen Flächen bauen Wiesenvögel wie Wiesenpieper (Anthus pratensis) und Feldlerche (Alauda arvensis) ihre Nester, und im Schutze des Schilfes leben Enten. Ab Ende März besetzen die Brutvögel den Koog. Etwa 50 verschiedene Brutarten sind bisher nachgewiesen, darunter auch so seltene Arten wie Lachseeschwalbe (Gelochelidon nilotica), Seeregenpfeifer (Charadrius alexandrinus) und Grauammer (Emberiza calandra). Zu den gefiederten Gästen, die das ganze Jahr im Koog bleiben, gehören Kiebitz (Vanellus vanellus) Austernfischer, Rotschenkel (Tringa totanus) und Stockenten(Anas platyrhynchos). Was den Ricksbüller Koog besonders attraktiv macht, ist seine Vernetzung mit den umgebenden Naturräumen wie etwa dem dänischen Margrethe-Koog oder dem Wattenmeer vor dem Landesschutzdeich.

Der Rickelsbüller Koog ist ein idealer Ausgangspunkt für die Vogelbeobachtung und Exkursionen am Rande des Nationalparks Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer.   Das Naturschutzgebiet Continue reading Der Rickelsbüller Koog, das nördlichste Naturschutzgebiet Deutschlands

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

Moorhen chases Snipe at Rieselfelder Munster


Migration season starts in Germany right now. One of the best places to see especially the early fall migrants – the waders – is the old sewage farm in the north of Muenster, called Rieselfelder Munster. Early morning, 6:30 am. Still dawn. Haze over the water and I am watching through a well located hide here on the edge of the best lagoon, called E1. Waders are my main interest, but I would not complain, if an early Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) or Continue reading Moorhen chases Snipe at Rieselfelder Munster

Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) near Muenster/ North Rhine-Westphalia

Carolinakrickente, Amerik. Krickente, After a message on Ornitho.de I decided to visit the sewage farms in the north of Muenster. A Green-winged Teal, a close relative of our European Teal (Anas carolinensis) was said to stay for a few days already in Muenster. The duck was in the area of an old abandoned sewage farm. The species has been seen since at least the 16th of March on the pond named E1. From the Rhine -Ruhr region, the sewage farm is  easy to reach and the sewage ponds – the Rieselfelder Muenster – are famous to reveal rarities especially in the spring season. The area is a real birding hotspot. First, there was nothing to see but the sheer numbers of ducks. Gadwalls (Anas strepera), Continue reading Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) near Muenster/ North Rhine-Westphalia

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