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Zwergscharbe: vermehrtes Auftreten in Deutschland

ZwergscharbeWieder ist eine Zwergscharbe (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus) über ornitho.de gemeldet worden. Diesmal vom Stotternheimer See bei Erfurt. Vorher war die Art (der gleiche Vogel?) von der Südbucht des Sulzer Sees ebenfalls bei Erfurt gemeldet worden. Der Vogel war vom 3. Bis zum 11. Dezember 2018 immer wieder gut zu sehen. Man brauchte allerdings Geduld. Wenn er anfangs nicht zu sehen war, konnte er später auf demselben Ast wie an den Vortagen beobachtet werden. Häufig hielt er die Flügel ausgebreitet um sie zu trocknen. Die in Thüringen festgestellte Zwergscharbe passt sehr gut in das Bild eines gehäufteren Auftretens der Art in Mitteleuropa ab den Jahren 2000, als sich Meldungen aus den Niederlanden, Österreich, der Schweiz, vom Bodensee, den Sauldorfer Baggerseen in Baden-Württemberg, vom Flemhuder See in Schleswig-Holstein, bei Flemsdorf in Brandenburg und aus dem hessischen Lahntal häuften. Wissenschaftler vermuten, daß dieses Phänomen mit dem starken Anstieg der Brutpopulation in der Hortobágy in Ungarn zu erklären ist.

Die seltene Scharbe hat aktuell scheinbar einen Verbreitungsschwerpunkt in Mitteldeutschland. So nimmt der Continue reading Zwergscharbe: vermehrtes Auftreten in Deutschland

Emergency landing for lapwings

Northern LapwingShorebirds as the Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), are heavily suffering from the return of winter. The return of the winter in the past two weeks with temperatures down to minus two-digit nummbers also in the western part of Germany is devastating for waders. Due to observations of the Hessischen Gesellschaft für Ornithologie und Naturschutz (HG ON) [engl.: Hessian Society for Ornithology and Nature Conservation] in the Main-Kinzig district especially many Northern Lapwings on route from the wintering areas in Africa and southern Europe to their breeding grounds in the north were forced for ​​an emergency landing. This in search of food and to protect from snow and cold temperatures.

In this situation one can observe to the phenomenon Continue reading Emergency landing for lapwings

Ferruginous Duck near Frankfurt – Germany

Ferruginous DuckNow that winter has proceeded quite well some good birds show up on “stupid” spots like recreation areas and parks. In a series of blogs Bird-lens has already described some excellent spots like the Langener Waldseen to observe birds, but this spot came to my awareness the first time. This was due to the fact that a female Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) showed up on a abundant gravel spit near Offenbach-Rumpenheim, just 10 km east of the city of Frankfurt. The location is called the “Schultheisweiher”. Normally the Ferruginous Duck is looking for the companionship of Aythya – ducks like Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) and Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula). The Ferruginous Duck was discovered on the 31st of January 2013 on the Schultheisweiher is there now for more than 1 week.

The photo was shot yesterday when the sun came out after heavy clouds and snow showers distracted a visit on the previous days. The female Ferruginous Duck could be seen next to at least 22 Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) and approx. 50 Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) on the north-western corner of the lake. The female Ferruginous Duck could be seen first only sleeping, then preening the plumage and finally swimming and even diving.

To cope with the growing demand for top shots of the rarer species of the Palearctic Bird-Lens is keen to enrich the range of pictures of birds you can find in the western palearctic. Trips to remote places to capture images of rare birds of western palearctic were very successful. This nice image is only a first impression, what you will find in the gallery in the “Pictures Shop” very soon. Just give me a message, if I could serve you with an image needed.

Influx of Hawk Owls (Surnia ulula) cancelled?

Hawk OwlNow that winter has proceeded quite well already with cold temperatures all over the northern part of the continent, the Influx of Hawk Owls might been cancelled. In a blog in November, Bird-lens mentioned that there might be a good chance that twitchers of the north of Middle Europe can observe Hawk Owls (Surnia ulula) on their homegrounds. This should be not only true for Denmark but also at least for the northern part of Germany for this autumn/winter as there were very good numbers in Finland with 164 observations reported within 7 days It seemed that similar numbers were reported from Sweden. But up to now only 1 bird showed up in 2013. It is still present (at least until yesterday, 6th of February) in Porsmose near Næstved, Denmark. Porsmose  is roughly 80 km south-west of the Danish capital Copenhagen.This individual has been seen at least since January 6th 2013 but was only the 2nd observation this winter in Denmark.

From time to time there are wintering birds far inland. Last time, a Northern Hawk-owl (Surnia ulula) could be seen in inland Germany was on February 13th 2011 near   1 Bad Vilbel, in the state of Hessen, north of Frankfurt.

To cope with the growing demand for top shots of the rarer species of the Palearctic Bird-Lens is keen to enrich the range of pictures of birds you can find in the western palearctic.  Trips to remote places to capture images of rare birds of western palearctic were very successful. This nice image is only a first impression, what you will find in the gallery in the “Pictures Shop” very soon. Just give me a message, if I could serve you with an image needed before the new pictures are online.