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Schwarzhalstaucher beim Brutgeschäft

Black-necked GrebeIn vielen Teilen Europas findet sich zur Brutsaison auf abgelegenen Seen alljährlich eine große Anzahl der seltenen Schwarzhalstaucher (Podiceps nigricollis) ein. Mit einem eigens konstruierten, schwimmenden Tarnzelt könnte man die Taucher beim Brutgeschäft beobachten ohne sie dabei zu stören. Denn sehr scheu sind die Vögel nicht. Im Gegenteil. Die ständige Anwesenheit von Naturschützern schützen die Schwarzhalstaucher und ihre Jungen vor illegalen Eiersammlern, Badenden und übereifrigen Anglern.

Ein rumänischer Freund hatte sich vorgenommen, Schwarzhalstaucher über eine Brutsaison aus einem schwimmenden Tarnzelt beim Brutgeschäft zu beobachten. Mit der Aussicht auf einen Fotografen-Sommer mit diesen wunderschönen Vögeln erwartete er die Heimkehr dieser kleinen, farbenprächtigen Taucher. Selten nur sieht man Schwarzhalstaucher im Flug ankommen. Sie tauchen einfach plötzlich im Frühjahr auf dem stark bewachsenen See auf.

Dies gibt Anlass zu der Vermutung, dass sie im Schutze der Dunkelheit ziehen. Nur in Zusammenarbeit mit Continue reading Schwarzhalstaucher beim Brutgeschäft

Birds in autumn in the Comana Natural Park / Romania

Having seen a spectacular bird migration in the Macin Mountains and at the Black Sea Coast near Constanta we decided to look for birds on a different spot. Maybe not really an important migration hotspot but a wetland near the capital of Romania should be still good at the end of September.

An excellent choice. Arriving early at around 7:00h the activity of the birds were already high. The fog was still hovering over the open water dotted with sedge and reed. We stopped the car from the country road on a dam connecting the Comana village with it´s famous Comana Monastery to the neighboring villages.

Immediately we saw masses of ducks and egrets on the water. A short walk along the newly built concrete dam (thanks to aid from the European Community) gave excellent views on the wetland.

But the highlight, which drew our attention was a feeding Little Crake, Porzana parva. This time of the day was just right. We did manage to observe a single individual for almost 15 minutes – sometimes really close. But the next birds were already waiting for us. A Spotted Redshank, Tringa erythropus, was quite relaxed when we approached him carefully. Just a few meters more and we saw a young Common Nightingale, Luscinia megarhynchos, preening in the rays of the early morning sun. Beautiful images!

Another highlights were a Sedge Warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, feeding on a spider, picking him out of his net. A comrade of the Sedge Warbler was caught by a Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus, in the meantime. This shows, that all is within the cycle of life.

The Comana Natural Park (Romanian: Parcul Natural Comana) is a protected area situated in the southern part of Romania, on the administrativ territory of Giurgiu County. The park is located at the Neajlov Delta and is just a 40-minute drive from downtown Bucharest. More information you will find here.

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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