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Lammergeier at Mount Olymp/ Macedonia

BartgeierThe rush of wind through feathers is the only sound to break the silence as a huge bird glided by just a few meters from a crack high in the mountains around Mount Olymp. A Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) soars above the mountains, scavenging for a meal. It is the only species of bird that cracks open bones to feast on the marrow inside. Lammergeiers are able lifting large carcasses to great heights. Then they drop them onto the rocks below to break up the bones and access the marrow. Smaller bones are swallowed whole.

Like other mountainous areas of Greece, Mt Olympus has a fine selection of raptors and these include Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Eurasian Griffon (Gyps fulvus), Cinereous Vulture or Eurasian Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus), Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Levant Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brevipes), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)  and Lanner Falcon (Falco biarmicus). A national park in the eastern part of the Olympus Mountains of northern Thessaly includes some of the most dramatic scenery in the whole of Greece and is popular with hikers as well as birders. Lammergeiers were regularly seen until a few years ago and they were thought to be no longer permanently resident in the area.

But this year, an adult Lammergeier has been seen and photographed on the 6th April in Mt. Olympus by Thomas Nikolopoulos. The Lammergeier in flight appeared with a Golden Eagle on the grey sky.  This is the first observation of an adult plumage bearded vulture since several years.

Two years ago, though, a 2nd-3rd calendar year bird was observed. Lammergeiers do occur in Crete, where the population is stable, at around 7 pairs. In the Alps the population has been increasing Continue reading Lammergeier at Mount Olymp/ Macedonia

Nockberge: ein österreichischer Biosphärenpark

RauhfusskauzDer Name Nocke bezeichnet die runden Formen der bis zu 2.400 m hohen Berge im Süden der österreichischen Alpen. Als Bestandteil der Gurktaler Alpen bestehen die Nockberge vorwiegend aus kristallinen Gesteinsarten und zählen erdgeschichtlich zu den ältesten Gebirgen Österreichs. Die geologische Besonderheit dieser Berglandschaft ist jedoch der rund drei Kilometer breite Kalk- und Dolomitgesteinszug, der den Nationalpark durchzieht. Vor allem dank dieser besonderen geologischen Verhältnisse entwickelte sich in den Nockbergen eine äußerst vielfältige Tier- und Pflanzenwelt. 1987 als Nationalpark Nockberge gegründet, wurden die Nockberge 2012 in einen Biosphärenpark nach Konzept der UNESCO umgewandelt. Im Unterschied zu den Nationalparks, die dem Schutz von Wildnisgebieten dienen, sind die Biosphärenparks Kulturlandschaften. Die Nockberge sind vom bäuerlichen Leben geprägt, wie es hier seit Jahrhunderten gepflegt wird. Die Almwirtschaft ist der Garant für den Erhalt der weiten Wiesenflächen mit ihrer typischen Blumen.

Besonders die Vogelwelt ist mit einigen besonderen Vertretern in den Nockbergen vertreten. Genannt werden sollen nur Steinadler (Aquila chrysaetos), Steinhuhn (Alectoris graeca), Birkhuhn (Tetrao tetrix), Auerhuhn (Tetrao urogallus), Alpenschneehuhn (Lagopus muta), Mornellregenpfeifer (Charadrius morinellus), Uhu (Bubo bubo), Sperlingskauz (Glaucidium passerinum), Rauhfusskauz (Aegolius funereus), Continue reading Nockberge: ein österreichischer Biosphärenpark

Steinadler im Winterquartier

SteinadlerWer den seltenen Steinadler (Aquila chrysaetos) fotografieren möchte, vielleicht auch noch am Köder im Schnee fährt am besten nach Norwegen. Dort hat Ole Martin Dahle, auch der „Adler- Mann“, genannt, mehrere Fotoverstecke in der Wildnis Norwegens eingerichtet.

Die Ausbeute von circa 1 Woche Fotografierei, die man auf Einladung von Ole Martin Dahle nördlich von Trondheim verbringen kann, kann sich normalerweise sehr gut sehen lassen. Wer nicht gar so weit fahren möchte, kann es auch in Schweden versuchen. Im Süden des Landes liegen ebenfalls Überwinterungsquartiere des majestätischen Greifvogels. Dort treffen sich zahlreiche Vogelarten auf engem Raum. Für Naturfotografen ist das ein zwar kühles aber fotografisch lohnendes Revier. Mit viel Glück läßt sich sogar die Begegnung von Stein- und Seeadler beobachten.

Kongeørn, Continue reading Steinadler im Winterquartier

Fotografie der Vögel am Beinn Eighe/ Schottland

SteinadlerDer Weg ist steil, die Sonne brennt – schottlanduntypisch – von einem fast wolkenlosen Himmel, die Schweißperlen stehen uns Wanderern auf der Stirn. Da fällt ein großer Schatten auf uns. Der Blick geht gegen den Himmel. Wir können es kaum glauben. Direkt über uns zieht gemächlich und ohne uns offensichtlich zu beachten ein ausgewachsener Steinadler (Aquila chrysaetos). Vielleicht ist er auf der Suche nach einem Moorschneehuhn (Lagopus lagopus)? Die weiten Schwingen, die langen „Finger“ und der keilförmige Schwanz sind sehr gut zu bestimmen. Der Adler würdigt uns nach einem nochmaligen Kreisen keines Blickes. Es gibt zahlreiche Paare von Steinadlern in der Region zu finden. So auch im Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve und in den Reservaten der Inseln Rum und Eigg. Aber den Steinadler so schön zu sehen, war die Wanderung am Beinn Eighe schon wert.

Malt Whiskey, Schafe auf grünen Weide, Continue reading Fotografie der Vögel am Beinn Eighe/ Schottland

Dem Schreiadler ins Nest gucken

SchreiadlerGucken und warten! Manchmal stundenlang, immer wieder mit dem Fernglas auf und über den gegenüberliegenden bewaldeten Hang schauen. Manchmal – am Nachmittag – muß man gegen das Licht blicken, was sehr unangenehm ist. Wobei das Laubwerk der Baumkronen jetzt Mitte April nur noch spärliche Lücken bietet. In ein paar Tagen sind die Bäume dicht belaubt. Doch irgendwann muss der Schreiadler ja kommen. Milos möchte die Balz erleben, die meist unmittelbar nach der Ankunft am Brutplatz beginnt und sehr spektakulär ist. Die Balzflüge am und über dem späteren Brutplatz sind von ausdauernden Wellenflügen des Männchens geprägt. Da steigt der Schreiadler in einem Wellenflug auf, schwingt Continue reading Dem Schreiadler ins Nest gucken

Tripreport Carpathians of Slovakia, June 2014

Steinadler - JungesAfter having visited the Carpathians of Slovakia in April mainly for Hazel grouse photography, I wanted to observe different birds in the same area. In preparation I ordered a birdlist of the species from a local guide which birds might be possible and got the Continue reading Tripreport Carpathians of Slovakia, June 2014

Golden Eagle at the Laguna de Gallocanta/ Spain

Going for Laguna de Gallocanta, this lake on 1,000 m asl in the middle of Northern Spain, seems to be good for impressive numbers of wintering birds as well as Steinadlerfor surprises. Some years ago, there has been observations of a Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis). Actually, I wanted to watch and photograph Common Cranes (Grus grus) on their resting and wintering grounds. These birds breed in Germany, Fennoscandia and the Baltic States, and then take a western migration route through Europe to wintering areas. It is estimated that the total number of birds that migrate along the western route count up to 70,000 individuals. Most of them 50,000-60,000 wintering in Spain. The rest of Continue reading Golden Eagle at the Laguna de Gallocanta/ Spain

Baffin Shackleton Snow Boot, customer review

Baffin Men's Shackleton Snow BootAfter some reviews-blogs had been written in bird-lens.com about photo equipment as the Canon EOS 1 Mark IV or the Canon EOS 1DX and the Canon 400mm f4 DO I think, I write also a short experience review of the Baffin Men’s Shackleton Snow Boot, because I ‘m often asked about my experiences not only with camera staff but also personal equipment which in many cases are as important for successful photo shootings as the photo gear is.

With my Meindl Hiking boots (Meindl Ortler) I have been very satisfied all the time until the beginning of April this year when I spend 4 days photographing Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) in the vicinity of Oulu in Finland. Finding the Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) can be hard stuff, but even harder to prevent loosing her. To walk/ run behind the owl means walking in 1,5 meters of harsh snowcover, sometimes breaking through the icy cover, sometimes not. This in temperatures between -20° and -5°. It did not take a long time and my feet were deeply frozen whatever socks you wrap around them.
Maybe I should clarify, that I am a bird photographer, who is specialized on photographing as many species of birds for scientific purposes as possible. The subjects to shoot brought me to Varanger in Northern Norway in February or to Finland in early April. Now I trip to Norway was scheduled again. End of November for Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) s. The experience of Finland should not repeat. So I bought a pair at the german Outdoor Shop “Globetrotter” for roughly 300,- €.

After 7 days in use I can Continue reading Baffin Shackleton Snow Boot, customer review

White-tailed Eagle catching fish in Norway

White-tailed EagleWhite-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) are now at least in the eastern part of Middle Europe (as East Germany or Poland) a familiar sight . Nevertheless, it is not easy to photograph an eagle on close range. The animals are not extremely shy towards people, but they show respect and thus quite a distance from people , as it should be for wildlife.

So if you want to photograph wild eagles in Europe, you have several opportunities (including one in East German) or you do it right the first time. As far as I find out, there’s no better place to go than the Norwegian fishing village Lauvsnes near Flatanger in the province of North – Trøndelag, 200 km north-west of Trondheim. Here in the middle of Norway, Ole Martin Dahle has managed to gain confidence of some White-tailed Eagles. For several years, he offers with his company Norway Nature boat trips where you can watch the White-tailed Eagles during prey capture. Ole is noticeable in his many years of experience and he offers a professional service.

After I had observed and photographed the impressive Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) at the bait Continue reading White-tailed Eagle catching fish in Norway

Spring migration and birds of prey in Extremadura – April 2013

In spring 2013, there will be an ornithological study tour to the region of Extremadura, southwesternSpain. It includes the provinces ofBadajozand Cáceres east of the border withPortugal, and is not only famous for the best-preserved medieval monuments inSpainbut among nature lovers for its unique combination of oak woodlands, grasslands, agricultural landscapes, lakes and rocky regions. Accordingly, the avifauna is highly diverse (about 340 spp.), with many species having their distribution centers for the Iberian Peninsula and southwestern Europe in that region. The spectrum ranges from common birds like the Lesser Kestrel, Azure-winged Magpie and Thekla Lark to outspoken rarities, such as White-headed Duck, Little and Great Bustard, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Black-shouldered (or Black-winged) Kite, (European) Roller and Great Spotted Cuckoo – species which are only distributed here and/or are already gone at most other places in Europe. The list of remarkable sightings is growing continuously; in spring of 2012, for the first time Lesser Crested Tern and Little Swift were recorded for the Extremadura.
A highlight of the tour will be a visit to the Monfragüe National Park north of Trujillo, which has been established

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