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Ausflug nach Corvo/ Azoren

SanderlingUm 9:00 sind wir auf dem Parkplatz oberhalb des Walfang-Museums in Santa Cruz, der alten Fabrica da Baleia do Boqueirao. Die Fahrt startet am Porto do Boqueirao. Unten wartet schon Carlos auf uns, der – trotz Nebensaison – sogar das ganze Boot für diesen Trip voll bekommt. Ok, ein Samstag bei schönem Wetter. Bei nicht zu rauer See geht es rüber gen Corvo. Es wird der direkte Weg genommen. Der Trip dauert doch eine gute Stunde, was für Menschen mit Seekrankheit ein echter Alptraum sein kann.

Ich halte Ausschau nach pelagischen Vögeln. Aber den Dunklen Sturmtaucher (Puffinus griseus), oder einen Wellenläufer (Oceanodroma leucorhoa), die jemand Mitte Oktober mal zwischen Corvo und Flores gesichtet habe, sehe ich nicht. Nur Gelbschnabel-Sturmtaucher (Calonectris borealis). Endlich kommen wir am Hafen von Corvo an. Es ist leicht bewölkt und angenehm mild. Am Hafen warten schon Vans, die jetzt die Insassen der Boote hochfahren.

Es stellt sich heraus, daß die meisten Touristen sich hochfahren lassen und dann gleich wieder für den gleichen Preis (5,- €/ Person) wieder herunter bringen lassen. Wir aber wollen die schöne Caldeira über der dicke Nebelwolken sehen, richtig genießen und Continue reading Ausflug nach Corvo/ Azoren

Hoopoes on Fuerteventura

As the plane gained altitude and the rugged, steep cliffs of the Canary Island of La Palma disappeared more and more in the haze, I decided to come back. Was it the allure of warm semi-desert with cactus like their spurge, the rugged caldera in the northern part of the island, which had thrilled me so, or it was the most overcast, cool bay-rainforests in the center of the island? Maybe it was because of the loud booming of the frogs that filled the night in the subtropical atmosphere. Eurasian HoopoeHowever, it could also Island Canary (Serinus canaria), also commonly known as the Canaries, the endemic subspecies of our chaffinches, the La Palma Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs palmae), the Canary Islands Pipit (Anthus berthelotii), the nasal flight calls of Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris borealis) have been, or were there in the end, “only” the graceful Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops), which unfortunately I could not take pictures again as I had planned it all along?

Anyway, in the fall of 2011, I visited the Canary Islands again a visit. This time was the turn of Fuerteventura and now the Photo luck finally seemed to be on my side:

On a remote poultry farm with a lot of rotten and rusty agricultural machines, more precisely, on and around the corresponding dunghill with its many small, hidden, white grubs, not two, three Hoopoes had gathered – no, there were not fewer than 9 individuals. Running busily back and forth, they punted “nervous” in the soft decomposition products around. The birds often pushed the beak from the side, i.e. with inclined head in the manure inside. The beak is very sensitive to tactile stimuli. The reaction is a rapid collapse of the beak. When the tactile grip managed to feel the prey the caterpillar was swallowed as a whole. Hoopoes impress between meals like by placing her bonnet and tail compartments. If they threaten, they are spreading their wings in addition. This happened often with so many competitors for food in such a small space. Then aggressive reations are inevitable. So it was not surprising that the hoopoe with his usually horizontally carried rear bonnet fanned the bonnet suddenly when a conspecific rival dared to go through the accepted distance. In an extreme case, a bird raised the optically effective defense by increasing the body by sudden turning of the wing on the ground at the same time spreading the tail.

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