Tag Archives: Hippolais polyglotta

Female Pygmy Sunbird in northern Cameroon

Grünbrust-NektarvogelOn a thorny acacia tree is quietly sitting a bird. I shot some photos and head off with the group. Someone noticed a Senegal Eremomela (Eremomela pusilla) at that moment. And indeed: what I saw at home was – on first sight – the image of a yellow warbler

But a Senegal Eremomela? I was skeptical. I could see only a hint of a pale white supercilium. The back and mantle were uniform and not green, becoming brighter yellowish green on the rump. And the throat and upper breast were as bright lemon yellow as the lower breast, belly and vent. The bill was blackish with a pale part only in the beginning and the legs are not pale brownish but grey. I asked for help in ID at www.birdforum.net. After some confusion with the Continue reading Female Pygmy Sunbird in northern Cameroon

Birdphotographie in the Picos De Europa

While the southern landscapes in Spain – like the Estremadura – are among the most popular photo destinations on the Iberian Peninsula, the mountains in the north, like the Picos De Europa, are largely unknown to many bird photographers.

On my travels to Spain mountainous birds of the Hochgebirge had been too short. They were at the center of a birding trip this time. The target species were: bearded vulture Yellow-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus), (Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus), Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus), Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris) and Citril Finch (Serinus citrinella).

During a break at one of the numerous clear streams I hear a wonderful melodic bird song. I quickly set up my mobile camouflage tent. This is a converted camping landruiser. I slowly approach the song. Suddenly a yellowish-green bird flies back and forth Continue reading Birdphotographie in the Picos De Europa

Vogelfotografie um den Picos de Europa

OrpheusspötterWährend einer Pause an einem der zahlreichen klaren Bäche höre ich einen wundervollen melodischen Vogelgesang. Rasch richte ich mein „fahrbares Tarnzelt” ein, einen umgebauten Camping-Landcruiser und nähere mich langsam fahrend dem Gesang. Plötzlich fliegt ein gelblich-grüner Vogel rastlos hin und her. Mal singt er von der Spitze einer weiter entfernt stehenden Kiefer herab, dann wieder aus einem nahen Brombeergebüsch heraus. Ich muß meine Gesangserinnerungen ein wenig sortieren. Schnell gelange ich zu dem Schluß, daß es sich um einen männlichen Orpheusspötter (Hippolais polyglotta) bei dem kleinen Sänger handelt. Leider wechselt der Vogel derart hektisch seine Sitzwarten, daß es anfangs unmöglich ist, ihn zu fotografieren. Um den Orpheusspötter möglichst für einen längeren Zeitraum in meine Nähe zu locken, spiele ich mein Tape mit Vogelstimmen ab. Der Gesang eines vermeintlichen Konkurrenten läßt den Vogel in einem nur wenige Meter entfernten Busch landen. Er singt aus voller Kehle, um den Konkurrenten zu vertreiben.

Während die südlichen Landschaften in Spanien – wie die Estremadura – zu den beliebtesten Fotozielen auf der iberischen Halbinsel gehören, sind die Gebirge im Norden, wie die Picos De Europa vielen Continue reading Vogelfotografie um den Picos de Europa

Melodious Warbler in the lower Wetterau near Frankfurt

Melodious WarblerAfter a message on Ornitho.de – an portal for internet sightings – I visited the city of Bad Vilbel – a suburb called Massenheim- in the lower Wetterau about 20 km north from Frankfurt city. There, the reported Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta) could be discovered singing. Bird-lens was ablte to shoot some photo documents.

The slowly eastward spreading bird is increasingly present in western Germany. The Melodious Warbler normally arrives in the northern part of the distribution area in mid-April and settles  preferably in young successional stages. This warbler prefers dense vegetation with broom, blackberries, hawthorn and rosehip. These plants can be found on wasteland, former clearcuts, fallow vineyards, gravel Continue reading Melodious Warbler in the lower Wetterau near Frankfurt