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Middle Spotted Woodpecker at Hainich National Park, Thuringia

MittelspechtA high-pitched call in early spring is heard from afar. An obtrusive väh-wäh-wäh – combination of calls can be heard after. A beautiful old mixed beech forest with several layers and plenty of dead wood is home of the Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius).  A small hiking trail passes the ground at Langes Tal in the Western Hainich park area. The Middle Spotted Woodpecker is easily been seen in 5 meters height when it is calling. The Middle Spotted Woodpecker uses oak-dominated forest stands in the National Park. Beech dominated forest areas are only used when the beech trees are well over 140 years old or a high proportion of mixed tree species is available.

Signs of woodpecker’s nesting holes can be seen afterwards. The area of the Hainich National Park in general is important for many other species of Picids, including Grey-headed (Picus canus), Lesser Spotted (Dendrocopos minor)  and Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) which are all quite common.

Using the playback method, along transects, an annual scientific study counted Woodpeckers distribution and abundance. In the context of the point stop count all woodpecker species occurring in the national park were proven. The results show that, as expected, the most common species were Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) (41 % on average per year), Grey-headed Woodpecker (20 %) and Middle Spotted Woodpecker (21%). These species were detected in each study year. Continue reading Middle Spotted Woodpecker at Hainich National Park, Thuringia

Vogelfotografie in Eis und Schnee

RaubwürgerAuf dem niederen Fläming überwintert seit Jahren der Raubwürger (Lanius excubitor). Mein Ziel war es, diesen scheuen Vogel vor die Linse zu bekommen. Ab Anfang Oktober suchte er wieder sein Winterquartier auf. Es war nicht schwer, seine Lieblingswarte, einen Heckenrosenbusch, auszumachen. In etwa 10 Meter Entfernung stand ein Anhänger mit einer Jagdhütte darauf. Dieser sollte – nach Rücksprache mit dem Jagdpächter – mein Fotoansitz sein. Die Hütte war aus Holz gezimmert und geräumig genug. Damit mußte sich glücklicherweise der Raubwürger nicht an ein Versteck gewöhnen, denn die Hütte stand schon ein Weile. Fotografiert habe ich ihn allerdings erst im Dezember, als er mit der Mäusejagd begann. Besonders fasziniert mich, wenn der Winter plötzlich hereinbricht, die Landschaft über Nacht mit Schnee und Raureif überzieht, wenn die Luft klar und eisig ist. Solche Tage muss man nutzen, denn in unseren Breiten sind sie nicht sehr häufig. Meistens bin ich dann bereits vor Sonnenaufgang unterwegs.

Der Fläming weist schon kontinentales Klima auf. Im Winter kann es Temperaturen bis zu minus 20°C und über mehrere Wochen hohen Schnee geben. Da heißt es dann, sich warm anzuziehen. Um kalte Continue reading Vogelfotografie in Eis und Schnee

Irish Bird Trip to the Frankfurt area in Germany; 16thMay-19th May 2014

Black KiteWe flew in from Kerry airport Ireland and landed at Hahn to met by Johannes Ferdinand from Bird-Lens our bird guide.  During our stay we had no rain, some cloud in the mornings and plenty of sunshine all day. We saw a total of 113 birds including lifers Marsh Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris), Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix), Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius), Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo bubo), and adult Black-necked or Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) and Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica). Johannes had organised our trip to Continue reading Irish Bird Trip to the Frankfurt area in Germany; 16thMay-19th May 2014

Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Wagbachniederung:

Purple HeronFrankfurt Airport (FRA) is the gateway to continental Europe. Many airlines use the Airport as a hub for connecting flights all over the world. If you are coming from Frankfurt Airport and heading down to the south for e.g. Munich or Stuttgart or the Black Forest, you might consider to squeeze in a morning of birding you might have a look at the wagbachniederung. Here you can walk, enjoy some fresh air and enjoy birding for typical european birds.

One of these sites is the best riparin woods 110 km south of Frankfurt, called The “Wagbachniederung” . This location is situated on the right bank of the Rhine at Waghaeusel southeast of Speyer between Mannheim and Karlsruhe. The Wagbachniederung was formerly a loop of the Rhine, which was separated from the main Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Wagbachniederung: