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Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus) in Germany

ZwergscharbeIn size between a Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) and a Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) and black as well. Pygmy Cormorants are increasingly a sighting in Germany.  Right now, a Pygmy Cormorant has been reported from Stotternheimer See near Erfurt. Several images show, as the Pygmy Cormorant swims, rest and starts from the water in front of reeds on this lake in Thuringia. Before, this species – maybe the same bird – was reported from the southern bay of Sulzer Lake which is also close to Erfurt. The bird was always good to see from the 3rd  to the 11th of December 2018. Pygmy Cormorants found in Thuringia fit very well into the picture of a more frequent occurrence of the bird species in Central Europe starting from the years 2000, as reports from the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, from the Bodensee and from Germany. Scientists suspect that this phenomenon can be explained by the large increase in the breeding population in the Hortobágy in Hungary. The species seems to occur increasingly in Germany in the second half of the year – especially in late autumn and winter.

Pygmy Cormorants are in fact small relatives of the European Continue reading Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus) in Germany

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

Zwergscharben im Pinios-Delta/ Nordgriechenland

ZwergscharbeImmer wieder taucht ein kleiner schwarzer Wasservogel zwischen den im Wasser liegenden Baumstämmen der Kanäle im Pinios-Delta auf. Er hat Ähnlichkeit mit dem in Mitteleuropa häufigen Kormoran (Phalacrocorax carbo). Es ist aber der kleine Vertreter, die Zwergscharbe (Phalacrocorax pygmeus). Der Pinios mündet in einem Delta nördlich der Ortschaft Stomio ins Mittelmeer. Ein Großteil des fruchtbaren Schwemmlandes wurde schon vor Jahrzehnten trockengelegt und landwirtschaftlich genutzt. In den verbliebenen ursprünglichen Biotopen hat sich eine mannigfaltige Tier und Pflanzenwelt erhalten. 370 Hektar des Gebietes stehen unter Naturschutz. Dort bilden mit Lianen überzogene Platanen und Weiden dschungelartige Auwälder. Das Pinios-Delta umfasst eine Vielzahl von Feuchtgebieten und trockeneren Lebensräumen, darunter Fluss- und Küstenwälder, Salzmarschen und Süßwassersümpfe.  Obstgärten und Haine wechseln sich mit Auenwäldern, Küstenlagunen, Sanddünen und Stränden und sogar Steppenlebensräume ab.

Über 200 Vogelarten wurden bisher im Delta festgestellt, darunter alle europäischen Reiherarten, Bienenfresser (europ.) (Merops apiaster) und Blauracken (Coracias garrulus). Schwarzstirnwürger Continue reading Zwergscharben im Pinios-Delta/ Nordgriechenland

Birding in the city of Bucharest – Vacaresti wetland

Whiskered Tern feeding young with fishIn the South-Western corner of the capital of Romania, near and alongside the Dâmboviţa River, one of the nature jewels of Bucharest can be found. Park the car on the sidewalk and quickly you can see the first Whiskered Tern already, which fly croaking from the river and disappear behind you. Often the bird is carrying a small fish in its beak. Parallel to the city road there is a high dam which does not seem to promise too much. But then – if you stand on the dam – you will see a wide swampy landscape with only a few scattered willows. Otherwise, a lot of open water and almost no people. This is surprising, because right next door some pretty looking apartment buildings had been built in the last years. This is Vacaresti!
Soon you will hear the first Great Reed Warbler. A real bonus bird is the abundant Eurasian Golden Oriole. The Orioles you can hear all the time when you are walking on one of the paths that cross through the area. The paths – mainly trampled by anglers – pass the many ponds very closely. Thus keep a little distance, so the birds will not flush before you see them. If you keep quiet, you will see many birds – especially waders, ducks and herons. Last time, I had a female Common Pochard, right in the first pond. Whiskered Terns breed in the area and can be seen – as documented in the Gallery (here) – very closely feeding the youngsters.
The Vacaresti area was a development project of the ancient communist regime. Actually, planned as reservoir (flood protection and urban recreation area), this plan was abandoned after 1989 and the Vacaresti lake was created in its present form. Today, after more than 20 years, the area is a very interesting case of a natural ecological succession in an urban area. The area is approximately 155 hetares and is now home to a self-sustaining ecosystem with grasslands, lakes, temporary pools, puddles and partly an extensive reed beds. The area is home to many species of plants and animals and some of them are nor very common species. A team of botanists of the Botanical Garden Bucharest has identified two major plant communities: the Danube (Danubian) community and a community of settlement areas (anthropic community). Me, Cristian Mihai, have intensively studied the area visiting it many times in roughly 4 years (between 2007-2011) and identified more than Continue reading Birding in the city of Bucharest – Vacaresti wetland

More Bird Images in Picture Shop

Having checked the output of trips to the Emirates, Oman, Romania & Poland, Bird Lens is proud to show more excellent images of birds shot in these countries at excellent destinations in the gallery of the pictures shop. There were some excellent opportunities to photograph on several occasions in the desert, in the mountains and on the water. Besides the birds added are Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus), Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus), Ferruginous Pochard (Aythya nyroca), Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris), Little Crake (Porzana parva), Grey Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus), Grey-faced Woodpecker (Picus canus), Palestine Sunbird (Cinnyris oseus), Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka) and many more.

If you are interested in a particular species, please use the list of the western palearctic or use the “Search”-Function in the left column in the “Pictures Shop” or search by  the taxonomic systems in the “Pictures Shop”, too. To cope with the growing demand for top shots of Palearctic birds from customers all over the world Bird-Lens is proud to present a wide range of pictures now in the gallery. Are you interested? In the gallery you will find now 2.282 pictures of in total 668 species often in different plumages or as male/ female. Further updates of the image stock in the “Pictures Shop” is coming soon. Just give Bird-Lens Continue reading More Bird Images in Picture Shop