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Mäusebussarde im Schnee am Köder

Common Buzzard in FlightIst es möglich Mäusebussarde (Buteo buteo) im Winter, am besten noch im Schnee, in guter Anzahl zu beobachten und zu fotografieren. Ist das möglich mitten im bevölkerungsreichen, Deutschland? Ja, das ist es!

Das Tal des Flusses “Leine” und die umliegenden waldbedeckten Höhen namens “Leinebergland” sind nicht direkt bekannt als die Hot Spots der Vogelbeobachtung in Deutschland. Aber im Winter wird die reizvolle Landschaft zwischen den Städten Hildesheim im Osten und Hameln im Westen von Vogelbeobachter und Vogelfotografen aufgesucht, um Bilder von Mäusebussarden und anderen Vögel an Winterfutterstellen zu machen.

Nachdem ich schon die Jahre vorher im Winter in Salzhemmendorf war (s. Blog auf englisch) wollte ich diesmal auf Einladung von Wolf-Dieter Peest einen weiteren Tag bei Schnee in einem seiner neuen Ansitze verbringen. Das stellte sich als sehr produktiv heraus – wie man in der Galerie sehen kann. Wolf-Dieter Wildlife bietet Workshops für die digitale Fotografie und Continue reading Mäusebussarde im Schnee am Köder

Common Buzzard at the bait in wintertime

Common BuzzardTo observe and photograph Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) at the bait in wintertime in good numbers  – sometimes 8 individuals on one occasion. Is this possilbe right in the center of a heavy industrialized country like Germany? Yes, it is!

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 in wintertime the charming countryside between the cities of Hildesheim to the east and Hameln to the west is invaded by keen birdwatchers and bird photographers to shoot images of Common Buzzards and other excellent birds on a winter feeding site.

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 Continue reading Common Buzzard at the bait in wintertime

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