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Streit bei Bruchwasserläufern

BruchwasserläuferFotoarbeiten mit Limikolen haben ihren ganz besonderen Reiz. Zahlreich sind sie während der Zugzeiten in Mitteleuropa zu beobachten. Dann sind auch mal spektakuläre Aufnahmen praktisch auf Augenhöhe möglich. Es ist noch dunkel als ich in dem Feuchtgebiet ankomme. Die Sterne schimmern zwar am Firmament; es scheint aber doch recht diesig zu sein. Es ist noch dunkel, wenn auch die Dämmerung nicht mehr weit ist.

Ich lege mich lang hin auf eine Luftmatratze. Ein Bruchwasserläufer (Tringa glareola) kommt als erster auf der nahrungsreichen Flachwasserzone einiger Ponds an. Sofort fängt er an zu stochern und kommt immer wieder formatfüllend am Fotografen vorbei. Es ist nicht ganz einfach, den Überblick zu behalten. Ein Tarntuch habe ich mir über den Kopf gezogen und dann auch noch den Hut drauf. So bin ich zwar von den Umrissen nicht als Mensch auszumachen, aber der Überblick ist dadurch natürlich erschwert. Man guckt eben immer nur mit dem verengten Winkel des 600er.

Als nächstes kommt ein kleiner weißer Bursche angeflogen. Es ist ein Zwergstrandläufer (Calidris minuta), der ebenfalls ausgiebig am Rand der Pfütze – eher auf dem Sand selber – nach Nahrung sucht. Dann kommt ein weiterer Bruchwasserläufer angeflogen. Es dauert nicht lange, dann stellt der Bruchwasserläufer, der zuerst an der Pfütze war, fest, daß dieses Revier viel zu klein für 2 Bruchwasserläufer ist. Ein kurzes Gegenüberstehen, die Flügel Continue reading Streit bei Bruchwasserläufern

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

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

Silberreiher des Typs “modesta”

SilberreiherSilberreiher (Ardea alba) mit Merkmalen des Typs “modesta” waren bereits Gegenstand ausgiebiger Diskussionen im Club300.de. Diese Reiher zeichnen sich auf Anhieb durch ganz rote Beine und Füße und durch einen auffallend dünnen, völlig schwarzen Schnabel und in der Verlängerung einem hellblauen, türkisfarbener Zügel aus.

Während einige vermuten, daß es sich bei Silberreiher um einen normalen alba-Silberreiher der lediglich sein Prachtkleid in die falsche Jahreszeit gelegt hat, vermuten andere die Zuordnung zu einer Unterart, eben der des Typs “modesta” oder auch eine hormonelle Ursache (damit würde es sich trotz der auffallenden Färbungsunterschiede nicht um ein eigenes Taxon handeln).

Auffallend ist jedenfalls, daß die Vögel offensichtlich alle keine Schmuckfedern tragen, die Vögel in der Regel einzeln in mehr oder weniger großen Silberreihertrupps und in West-Europa vor allem im Winterhalbjahr zu finden sind. Die Herkunft der bei uns regelmäßig erscheinenden Silberreiher reicht weit bis in den Osten Europas. Die Continue reading Silberreiher des Typs “modesta”

Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri, as a vagrant for the Western Palearctic

SumpfseeschwalbeTerns in general are excellent fliers, which may, from time to time, appear as vagrants outside of their home range. Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri, are no exception in that. Only some days ago, a Forster’s Tern was found on the coast of Ireland. An adult winter Forster’s Tern could be observed at Corronroo along with Common Loon (Gavia immer), 3 Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Long-tailed Ducks (Clangula hyemalis), some Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), 2 Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus), 3 adults and 1 first-winter Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) or (Larus melanocephalus) and 1 second-winter Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus). This would have been an excellent selection of birds for a continental birding day in the middle of wintertime. Other Forster’s Terns could be found in Galway on Mutton Island, at Nimmo’s Pier, at Doorus and off Newtownlynch Pier. All observations were made between mid December 2014 and beginning of January 2015.

In the Western Palaearctic the first Forster’s Tern, probably an adult specimen, was taken Continue reading Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri, as a vagrant for the Western Palearctic

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

Wolgadelta im Mai – Erfahrungen von Zug- und Brutvögeln

Whiskered Tern flying over youngWeite ursprüngliche Auenwälder, überschwemmte Wiesen bis zum Horizont, Seeadler auf jedem Baum. Wo gibt es das – noch dazu in Europa? Dazu fährt man entweder ins Donaudelta oder noch viel weiter. Eine Gruppenreise führte in der ersten Hälfte des Monats Mai 1998 ins Wolgadelta südlich von Astrachan im südlichen Russland. Danach wurden die Hügel-Seen-Region und die Federgrassteppe westlich sowie die Halbwüste nordwestlich von Astrachan angesteuert.

Der Tagesablauf in Damtschik an den 4 Tagen sah so aus. Um 5:45 aufstehen, dann kurz balancierend auf Holzbohlen zum Frühstück. Nach dem Frühstück Continue reading Wolgadelta im Mai – Erfahrungen von Zug- und Brutvögeln

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

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