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Kaiseradler im Randowbruch zwischen Grünz, Zehnebeck und Zichow

KaiseradlerNach einem wunderschönen aber recht kühlen Morgen hatte sich der Himmel mit hochnebelartiger Bewölkung zugezogen. Ein Plattenweg führte nach Süden zu Wiesen, die am Vortag gemäht worden waren. Massen an Schreitvögeln nutzte die Chance, sich zwischen den gemähten Halmen den ein oder anderen Happen – meist Mäuse – zu sichern. An Graureiher (Ardea cinerea) standen sicher 30 Exemplare auf einem Hektar Wiese, dazu sicher 20 Weißstörche (Ciconia ciconia) und einige Kraniche (Grus grus). Auch Greife, darunter Rohrweihen (Circus aeruginosus), Mäusebussarde (Buteo buteo) und Schreiadler (Clanga pomarina) warteten im Hintergrund auf ihre Chance.

Nur ein Vogel, eine Besonderheit, war noch nicht aufgetaucht. Die ersehnte Sichtung des immaturen Kaiseradlers – wohl ein Weibchen im 5. Kalenderjahr – konnte noch nicht vermeldet werden. Ein Blick entlang einer Baumreihe ließ mich stutzen. Ein Greif mit einer weit auf den Rücken reichenden blonden „Mähne“ saß in einer Esche an einer gemähten Wiese. Ja, das war Sissi, der Kaiseradler (Aquila heliaca), der nun schon im 2. Jahr im sommerlichen Randowbruch zu finden ist. verlaufen. Wenig später, der Tag war noch jung und nur wenige Beobachter waren im Gebiet, konnte ich den Kaiseradler zusammen  mit einem subadulten Seeadler (Haliaeetus albicilla) auf einer Wiese sitzen sehen.

Hoch kreisend tauchte der Kaiseradler später am Tag kurz gegen 10:00 (das verpaßte ich leider) um dann gegen 14.10 und 15.00 Uhr Continue reading Kaiseradler im Randowbruch zwischen Grünz, Zehnebeck und Zichow

Birding Berlin: Ducks in winter in Charlottenburg Palace

A splash drops of water, a wild tumult. Just a moment ago the two male Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) had been standing side by side on the ice-plate. Now they quarrel like crazy. Diving, swimming, fluttering and finally escaping, they obviously let their aggression run wild. Most of the short but intense fights end with the fact that one of the males gets through and drives his rival away with a bite in the tail. The defeated duck flies a short distance; and after a few minutes they are together again on the ice – as if nothing had happened. Since the winter temperatures are now also noticeable in the middle of Berlin, large areas of the large ornamental pond – the Karpfenteich (i.e. carp pond) – are covered in ice in the western part of the park in Charlottenburg Palace Park. Only a small part, located in close proximity to the tributary to the river Spree, has remained an open water surface, which is the center of attraction for many waterfowl such as Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) and Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula). Goosanders (Mergus merganser) are also well represented. Even a male Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) appeared, but it looked quite pale, suggesting an escaped ornamental bird or a hybrid. Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is standing on the shore quite close to the trails in the park. The ornamental park in the middle of the city of Berlin is a very special bird paradise. Partly natural water surfaces form a beautiful combination with the more than 100 years old thick Beeches and Oaks. For managed parks, the park has an amazing amount of old wood.

Birding parks in big cities are often surprisingly good. Berlin is a great place to combine a city trip with a birding excursion. A U-bahn ticket for the trip to Sophie-Charlotte Platz is cheap. From here it is only a short walk along Schlossstrasse to the Charlottenburg Palace. The extensive gardens here are home for many bird species, Continue reading Birding Berlin: Ducks in winter in Charlottenburg Palace

Grey Heron fighting with a Common Newt

GraureiherThe Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) flies elegantly on the wetland in the middle of the agricultural landscape of the Lower (Niederer) Fläming. Carefully the bird secures to all sides before it starts on the muddy shore with the search for food. Although at the beginning it just stands silently on the edge and obviously lets the whole scenery work on it in contemplation. For a long time, I look at the Grey Heron and its feeding site from a hide. Then I return my eyes to the lonely Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), who has been scared off by the Grey Heron and is looking for food on the opposite bank. The wader gets then society in the form of a Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) as well.

After a while, the Grey Heron apparently managed to convince himself of the lack of space. After some settling in, he walks along the shore; the other birds (the Common Snipe and the Green Sandpiper) are on the lookout. The proximity of the good 5 times as big heron is obviously suspect for them. Suddenly I hear a loud splash in the water. The Grey Heron has captured swimming a Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris).  Smooth Newt, also known as the Common Newt is a species of amphibian, the most common one in Germany. The Heron brings the Smooth Newt ashore and chews extensively on the newt. I am surprised that the Grey Heron does not swallow the Smooth Newt directly down. But the Newt probably does not taste that well. At some point the Grey Heron leaves the Smooth Newt fall on the land and returns – clearly disgusted – back Continue reading Grey Heron fighting with a Common Newt

Das Orange-tufted Sunbird– ein Spezialist der Cameroon Highlands

Die hügelige Gegend mit dem üppigen Grün, den Farnbüschen und den Baumstreifen vermittelt einen Eindruck von Schottland. Außerdem ist es für afrikanische Verhältnisse richtig angenehm temperiert, um nicht zu sagen kühl.

Das soll eine top Stelle für Nektarvögel sein. Die im weiteren Verlauf zu sehenden Sunbirds sind fast alle neu für den Trip. Zuerst ist ein eher unscheinbares, gelb-oliver Nektarvogel zu sehen, der am Rande eines Busches zu sehen ist. So unscheinbar, wie nur ein Weibchen eines Nektarvogels sein kann. Ob es groß oder klein ist, kann man auf die Entfernung nur unzureichend erkennen. Damit könnten wir den seltenen – im englischen Orange-tufted Sunbird – Bouviernektarvogel (Cinnyris bouvieri) als Neuzugang vermelden. Wenig später taucht ein „Kollege“ dieser Art auf. Aha, der hat schon mehr Farbe zu bieten. Die Flügelschulter bzw. die Vorderkante ist schillernd grün und der Schwanz dunkel-blau am Ansatz. Ansonsten ist der Vogel aber ebenfalls eher gelb-oliv. Dann taucht auch noch ein Vogel auf, der bei gleichen Grundvoraussetzungen auch noch ein schillerndes blau mit einzelnen lila Blättchen aufweist. Offensichtlich die gleiche Art aber in unterschiedlichen Mauserphasen. So klar das einem nun erscheint, so sehr war ich doch durch die Meldung eines Rotbauch-Nektarvogels (Cinnyris coccinigaster) Continue reading Das Orange-tufted Sunbird– ein Spezialist der Cameroon Highlands

Waders at Lake Neusiedl

SäbelschnäblerMost people thinking about Austria have immediately snow, mountains and hiking in mind. A very different, but extremely interesting picture, is offered for the birder in Burgenland, in the area around the lake Neusiedl. The question is, however, is a bird paradise at the same time also a photographer´s paradise? The landscape in the easternmost tip of Austria is a typical Puszta landscape with numerous, small, flat salt lakes, the so-called “Lacken”, and a big water body but only one meter deep the Lake Neusiedl (German: Neusiedler See) or Fertő. With an area of ​​about 320 km², which is almost half covered with high reeds, it is considered to be the largest steppe lake in Europe and has a decisive influence on the climate in this area. This is very mild in this region. Temperatures in excess of 30 ° C may already prevail in May. Fortunately there is almost always a gentle breeze. Otherwise when the breeze fails, the heat becomes unbearable.

Almost all year round is tourist season. We visited Lake Neusiedler in spring and summer, as well as in autumn, and found that the months April to mid July were the most interesting for animal photography. In early summer, the meadows around Neusiedler See are transformed into a colorful flower carpet. The autumn Continue reading Waders at Lake Neusiedl

Land under water in Poland

RotschenkelIn the 18th century settlers made the long, marshy lowland area of ​​the Warta and the river Netze habitable. Individual farmsteads and villages from that time can still be seen from the dike of the Warta. None of the houses has no stork nest.

Today, only the diked areas at the Warta estuary reminds of the original landscape. The meadows between Kostrzyn and Slonsk are gradually being drained here via an old trench and canal system.

Today only a few farmers graze their cattle and horses here. Therefore, herbaceous thickets and willow bushes are increasingly spreading to many areas that have long been no longer cultivated in today’s national park. The easiest way to get to the national park is from Kostrzyn via the main road 133 to Slonsk, a larger village that used to have city rights in former times. After entering the village turn left at a grocery store to take the road to Przyborow. In this village, a paved road leads to the right of the paved road to a concrete country road, which ends for cars at a bridge with a sheltered hut. Behind it, the concrete runway meanders over three kilometers along the Postomia to the Warta. Another easy-to-access gateway starts at Przyborow, on the right off the main road, just opposite a simple shop. The bumpy side path leads down to the causeway along the canal, where Great Grebes (Podiceps cristatus) are often seen. Sometimes Red-necked Grebes (Podiceps grisegena) or Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea) can be found there, and seagulls (Larus spec.) and Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) almost always Continue reading Land under water in Poland

Im Reich des Wachtelkönigs

RotschenkelSeltsam, rätschende Geräusche kommen nachts aus den Wiesen im Warthevorland. Das ist die Stimme des Wachtelkönigs (Crex crex), der auch Wiesenralle genannt wird. Dies ist eine der seltensten und gefährdetsten Vogelarten Deutschlands.

Den Wachtelkönig, der nur selten in der dichten Vegation auszumachen ist, aber dennoch der berühmteste Brutvogel des Odertals ist, sah ich in den letzten zwei Jahren gleich drei Mal auf einem Plattenweg von einem Grasdickicht ins andere huschen. Im Unteren Odertal werden in jedem Jahr um die 100 rufende Männchen gezählt. Das dürfte für Polen die weitaus größte und gleichzeitig stabilste Population sein. Die Wiesenbrüter im Unteren Tal der Warthe genießen einen Vorteil, der Naturfotografen die Arbeit schwer macht: In dem weiten Gebiet finden sie fast überall Pfützen, Wasserstellen und nahrungsreiche Uferzonen. Somit sind sie nach der Brutzeit nicht auf bestimmte Plätze angewiesen. Ich habe tagelang an vorher erkundeten Stellen in einem Tarnzelt gesessen, ohne zu einem vernünftigen Foto zu kommen, weil die Motive selbst für 400 mm- oder 500 mm-Brennweite unerreichbar waren. Am anderen Ende des Tümpels flogen Löffelenten (Anas clypeata) ein, Graureiher (Ardea cinerea) verjagten Artgenossen, Rotschenkel (Tringa totanus) führten ihre Jungen auf eine überschwemmte Wiese, Flußuferläufer (Actitis hypoleucos) sprinteten durchs Flachwasser, eine Großfamilie von Graugänse (Anser anser) führte die Jungen ins Wasser und Rehe wanderten Continue reading Im Reich des Wachtelkönigs

Graugänse ziehen über den Blankensee

GraugansSpätherbst ist die Zeit der Gänse in der Nieplitzniederung. Diese weite, teils intensiv landwirtschaftlich geprägte, Landschaft ist dann Heimat nicht nur nordischer Entenvögel sondern auch der Graugänse (Anser anser). Nasskaltes Wetter mit einem wolkenverhangenen Himmel darf einen Vogelbeobachter aber nicht abhalten, den rastenden und fliegenden Trupps einen Besuch abzustatten. Vielleicht findet man ja gerade bei richtig trübem Wetter mit tiefen Wolken in Verbindung mit Nieselregen eine Seltenheit. Man kann die ganze Szenerie aber auch einfach nur auf sich wirken lassen. Wenn sich morgens mit unglaublichem Getöse die großen Gänsescharen, die die Nacht vor dem Nieplitz-Delta verbracht haben, in Bewegung setzen, fährt es einem durch Mark und Bein. Traumhaft, wie ein Gänsetrupp nach dem anderen die eisige Wasserfläche verläßt um sich dann im Dämmerungslicht tief über den See fliegend auf zu den Äsungsflächen in der Umgebung zu begeben. Ein morgendlicher Ausflug zum Blankensee verschafft dem Frühaufsteher nicht nur eine wunderschöne Wasserlandschaft in einer Zeit des Übergangs vom Herbst zum Winter,  sondern auch viele wunderschöne Vogelbeobachtungen. Manchmal ist der Morgen von Minustemperaturen und einem klaren Himmel, dann wieder von Nebel geprägt. Neben den allgegenwärtigen Graureihern (Ardea cinerea) und Silberreihern (Ardea alba) sind auch immer mal wieder Continue reading Graugänse ziehen über den Blankensee

Little Egret at Ponta Delgada, Flores

SeidenreiherA white bird standing calm near the sea. It is the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta). A small heron. As you would expect from a heron, this bird is beautiful, graceful and shows long legs, neck and beak. A solitary and patient fisherman, the bird is waiting for low tide to make ambushes in still waters on the rocks. On other occasions, the Little Egret risk more and hunt patiently near the surf. As its name indicates this heron is small, of dimensions clearly inferior to Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) and the Great Egret (Casmerodius albus). Compared with the herons that regularly visit the Azores, only Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is smaller than the Little Egret.

All its feathers are white and limpid. On the chest they are longer and form a tuft, in a kind of bib. Also on the back of the head you can see two elongated plumes, but only during the breeding season. Its beak is black and straight and the eyes are yellow. The legs are also black, but the toes, quite characteristic, are bright yellow.

In case of doubt in the identification of this species in the field it is to be remembered that both the Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) and the Cattle Egret have the yellow beak. Although the legs are all Continue reading Little Egret at Ponta Delgada, Flores

Schreiadler im August

SchreiadlerDie Landschaft zwischen Meckelenburger Seenplatte, Feldberger Seenlandschaft und Neubrandenburg wirkt auf den ersten Blick nicht wie ein Naturparadies. Eine hügelige, weiträumige, von Landwirtschaft geprägte Landschaft, die sich auffallend vom Liebreiz der südlichen Seenlandschaften unterscheidet. Nicht destotrotz gibt es hier die wohl einmalige Gelegenheit aus einem schon lange etablierten Versteck heraus, den Schreiadler (Clanga pomarina) praktisch auf Teleobjektiv-Länge zu fotografieren.

Ein wolkenverhangener Morgen – in der Nacht hatte es geregnet – war genau die richtige Voraussetzung, um sich in dem geräumigen Hide wohl zu fühlen. Nur früh muß es ein. Der Schreiadler ist sehr vorsichtig und sollte ungestört an dem Tümpel einer Pferdekoppel landen können. Es hießt, daß der Schreiadler schon mit dem Jungvogel vor Versteck aufgetaucht sei. Außerdem sei der Jungvogel unberingt, da sein Nest von den Vogelbringern in diesem Sommer nicht gefunden wurde. Das sieht auf Fotos natürlich Continue reading Schreiadler im August

Brutgeschäft bei Graureihern in Stuttgart

GraureiherDie Brutvorbereitung der Graureiher (Ardea cinerea) am Max-Eyth-See, einem bekannten Erholungssee direkt bei Stuttgart, findet Anfang bis Mitte Februar statt. Dann besetzen die Graureiher ihre Horste. Die Nester werden ausgebessert oder neu gebaut. In dieser Zeit Ist es sehr lebhaft in der Kolonie. Unermüdlich suchen die Vögel auf dem Boden und in den Baumkronen nach abgebrochenen Zweigen. Haben sie dabei einen etwas dickeren erwischt, fliegen sie schwerfällig wieder zu den Horsten. Es werden auch Zweige von Bäumen abgerissen oder von anderen Horsten stibitzt. Diese Phase im Jahresablauf der Graureiher, eignet sich gut, um schöne Verhaltensbeobachtungen zu machen.

Der Max-Eyth-See ist Continue reading Brutgeschäft bei Graureihern in Stuttgart

Graureiher bei Stuttgart: Beutefang

GraureiherEin stilles, quälend langes Warten. dann ein heftiger Stoß und der Fisch zappelt im Schnabel. Nicht immer, aber doch sehr oft. Neben der Brutvorbereitung der Graureiher (Ardea cinerea) kann man diese Vögel auch beim Beutefang am Max-Eyth-See erleben. Der Max-Eyth-See ist ein bekannter Erholungssee direkt bei Stuttgart. Nach dem Besetzen der Horste ist die Zeit der Jungenaufzucht bei den Graureihern wieder eine gute Zeit für den Naturfotografen. Wenn die Jungen Ende März, Anfang April schlüpfen, haben viele Bäume schon Blätter und die Einsicht in die Kolonie ist nicht mehr so gut wie zur Zeit der Brutvorbereitung. Während der  Zeit der Jungenaufzucht sind die Graureiher gezwungen, viel Nahrung herbeizuschaffen.

Dies wiederum bietet Gelegenheiten, um die Vögel beim Beutefang zu erleben. Meist stehen die Reiher im seichten Wasser still vor dem Schilf und stoßen dann blitzschnell Continue reading Graureiher bei Stuttgart: Beutefang

On migration: a Siberian Rubythroat on Happy Island

RubinkehlchenHappy Island is considered to be (one of) the best location to watch the East Asian migration. This turned out to be already on the first – very successful – photo morning of my stay on a late autumn day on Happy Island. Wow, a real hotspot for migratory bird observation on China’s south-east coast. I got up at 5:45 am. I grabbed not only the Continue reading On migration: a Siberian Rubythroat on Happy Island

Merlin im Fiener Bruch – Brandenburg

MerlinAls holarktischer Brutvogel ist der Merlin (Falco columbarius) in ausreichender Zahl nur im Winterhalbjahr in Mitteleuropa anzutreffen. Vor allem im Oktober und bis Mitte November kommen dazu Durchzügler, die den kleinsten einheimischen Falken auch für ortsansässige Ornithologen erlebbar und beobachtbar machen.

In dem Zusammenhang soll erwähnt werden, daß die nähere und weitere Umgebung von Berlin auch ein Paradies für Vogelbeobachter ist. Einer dieser Gebiete um Berlin ist der Fiener Bruch bei Continue reading Merlin im Fiener Bruch – Brandenburg

Caspian Seashore & Volga delta in May

Squacco HeronBird richness on the northern shore of the Caspian Sea is amazing. Caspian Sea is counted the largest inland body of water in the world. More than 100 rivers provide inflow to the Caspian, with the Volga River being the largest. Pristine floodplain forests, flooded grasslands to the horizon, eagles on almost every tree. A trip to the lowlands south of Astrakhan in southern Russia is not easy due to the distances and border formalities. But the only alternative is a trip to the Danube delta. To ease preparation, it was decided to participate in a guided trip in the first half of May 1998 to Volga delta. After that, the trip continued to the hill – lakes region and the feather grass steppe and the semi-desert north-west of Astrakhan.

In the Volga delta we stayed in Damtschik Continue reading Caspian Seashore & Volga delta in May

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

Dancing Great Egret in morning fog

Egrets in fog are a great motif. By the white color , the herons have always something mystical in the morning mist. White creatures are often used in myths and legends to serve as leaders to a different world. White deer, white horses and white rabbits are probably the most common associations for magic and are often brought into connection with fairies and other magical figures. To see a heron flying out of the fog in the first dim light of the early morning is a magical experience. The plumage of the Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) has a brilliant, pristine white. They seem to act as messengers from world far away from daily business life. The slow wing-beat has a unique beauty. If they stand patiently on the hunt in the shallow water, they are looking very majestic.

Great EgretIn nature only very few things are of pure white. Well, there are milk and snow , and of course white birds. A long time human being had to live with earthy tones, before technical progress brought us bleach and white color. White in the natural environment was unusual and therefore all the more fascinating .

There was no white heron in Germany when I was a kid. In general, there were very little egrets or herons. Herons were followed up in the 80s as a fish predator. The name “Fischreiher” (fishing heron) for the Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) can be found even today in zoological textbooks. The Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) has spread only in the last few decades in Germany. The population is on the rise in Germany for about twenty years. First as a winter visitor the first nest could be detected in 2012 in the north of Germany. The first definite breeding record for the egret in Germany involved two couples who had settled in a colony of Grey Herons. Egrets are not part of traditional fauna of the country. The people , therefore sometimes mess up identification with storks and cranes . Of course, the Herons do not dance – just as those shown in the gallery – nor does the Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) dance on the images but they do follow each other. For fun or to secure their feeding territory? Who knows?

The Great Egret is the heron with the largest geographical distribution. It is found on all continents except Continue reading Dancing Great Egret in morning fog

Birding in & around Frankfurt: The Palmengarten

Frankfurt is the financial capital of Germany. It is well known although the city limits inhabit only roughly 600,000 people. But the greater Frankfurt area of course is much more populated. If you are on business in Frankfurt and have some spare time between two meetings and you are a birdwatcher, you might be interested to know, where you can find good places to walk a bit and enjoy birding for typical european birds.

One of these sites is the Palmengarten. On an area of approx. 22 hectares near the old american embassy and just north-west of the towers of the banks, the Palmengarten botanical gardens display a range of interesting and beautiful plants. Almost every kind of exotic flora growing around the world can be found here, right in the middle of Frankfurt. The Tropicarium, an ensemble Continue reading Birding in & around Frankfurt: The Palmengarten

Early fall images from the Leinetal/ Hannover

The valley of the river „Leine“ and the surrounding hills called “Leinebergland” is not famous of being one of Germany´s birding hot spots. But a excursion to that charming countryside between the cities of Hildesheim to the east and Hameln to the west has to offer surprisingly good locations to shoot images of excellent birds.
Having been spend one day on invitation of Wolf-Dieter Peest has been very productive – as you can see in the gallery. Wolf-Dieter offers Wildlife Workshops but also the chance to sit in one (or more) of his hides located on ponds, small streams or at the border of agricultural fields. The Leinebergland 30 km south of the city of Hannover, with its many gravel pits, is a paradise for nature photographers. In the early 70s many gravel mining pits were built along the line between Hanover and Göttingen. Having exploited these areas, the remaining ponds and lakes are now on the way back to nature again and offer a new habitat to a huge number of animal and plant species. Many of these ponds are real paradises for nature lovers and the nature- of course. A description of the locations written in german, you will find here!
Wolf-Dieter managed to lease a good number of attractive properties over the last 15 years. There are ideal conditions for a photographic passion to shoot images of wild birds on close distance.
Wolf-Dieter´s favorite bird is the Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). Here in that countryside the kingfisher finds the habitat they need. Steep walls of mud or broken steep edges on disused gravel pits. It is said, that nowhere in Germany you will find a better location Continue reading Early fall images from the Leinetal/ Hannover

Bird Diversity in the Danube Delta

Bird Diversity in the delta of 2ndlargest river delta in Europe, after the Volga Delta is very high. Over 320 species of birds are found in the delta during the summer, of which 166 are breeding species. A group of bird-photographers decided to visit this site in May 2012 on a trip with Sakertours. Highlights of the tour you will find in the gallery. Among others there were photoshots of 7 species of herons (Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea, Purple Heron, Ardea purpurea, Great Egret, Casmerodius albus, Squacco Heron, Ardeola ralloides, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, Little Bittern, Ixobrychus minutus), 2 species of pelican (Great White Pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus and Dalmatian pelican, Pelecanus crispus), 3 species of grebes (Red-necked Grebe, Podiceps grisegena, Great Crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatus, Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis), 2 species of Chlidonias-terns (Whiskered Tern, Chlidonias hybridus and Black Tern,) Chlidonias niger),  2 species of ibises (Glossy Ibis, Plegadis falcinellus and Eurasian Spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia) and top birds like Pygmy Cormorant, Phalacrocorax pygmeus, White-tailed Eagle, Haliaeetus albicilla among others

Starting from Mila 23, a village right in the middle of the Romanian part of the delta Continue reading Bird Diversity in the Danube Delta