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Neuer Rückzugsort für den Gartenrotschwanz nach Waldbrand

GartenrotschwanzDie Kameras des Waldbrandüber-wachungssystems schlagen Alarm. Ein Feuer ist zwischen Hennickendorf und Märtensmühle entdeckt worden. Es handelt sich nach Angaben des Landesbetriebes Forst um einen Kiefernjungbestand.

Gut 50 Feuerwehrleute bewachten die Brände jeweils über Nacht. Das Feuer zu löschen war nach Angaben eines Sprechers der Feuerwehr nicht möglich, da der Standort in der Nähe einer ehemaligen Kaserne liegt und sich dort noch alte Munition befinden könnte, die durch die Flammen explodieren könnte.

Später heißt es, daß von einem Holzstapel aus der Brand gelegt wurde. Es ist Juni im berühmt-berüchtigten Hitzesommer 2019. Die Vegetation ist trocken, die Feuersbrunst breitet sich rasend schnell aus. Winde treiben sie in einem 500 bis 1000 Meter breiten Streifen voran, bis der Brand an Wegen und Freiflächen von der Feuerwehr kontrolliert und schließlich zum Erliegen gebracht werden kann. Bei Hennickendorf loderte es damit auf etwa 60 Hektar. Der Brand bringt aber nicht nur Zerstörung, sondern auch neue Chancen. Damit für die Natur Neues entstehen kann, muss Altes vergehen. Das Waldbrandgebiet sieht im Jahr des Brands tatsächlich furchtbar aus. Wie eine schwarze Ödnis, wie eine Mondlandschaft sieht es teilweise aus. Doch schon bald wird sich das Leben dann explosionsartig ausbreiten.

Farbenprächtige Blütenmeere sind in der Anfangszeit nach einem Continue reading Neuer Rückzugsort für den Gartenrotschwanz nach Waldbrand

Beautiful Sunbird on a flower in Ghana

ElfennektarvogelA male Beautiful Sunbird (Cinnyris pulchellus) balances busily and without misstep on a bare stem of a Aloe, which lead to some, small yellowish flowers with red borders. There, the photographer has a chance to shoot the bird, which is aptly called its English name. The male of the Beautiful Sunbird places the rather long, slightly bent black beak against the calyx of the flower and sucks the nectar for a short while. Then the Beautiful Sunbird is already on the way to the next flowering.

I had become attentive to the Beautiful Sunbird when I decided to explore the motel area in the Mole National Park in northern Ghana. Along the simple bungalows I ran to the end and discovered a very bird-rich place. A sewage pipe appeared in the middle of dense scrub with many trails to the surface and had created a small pool. You do not want to know which corners of the motel are drained this sewage pipe. Already from a distance, the smells were anything but attractive. But the combination of water and scrub attracted the birds magically. The scrub provided reasonably well protected Continue reading Beautiful Sunbird on a flower in Ghana

Steppe habitat just outside Castilla de la Mancha

The Spanish province of Valencia was visited in summer. One reason was to relax for a week. The second argument was to get a feel for avian delights of an area of the country normally thought of in mainstream tourism terms. As a habitual visitor to the more well-known birding destination of Andalucía and Portugal, I wasn’t expecting too much but was enjoyably surprised by the numbers and variety of Valencia’s avian inhabitants. One day I headed for the steppe habitat just outside Castilla de la Mancha. This area is blessed with an incredibly diverse range of habitats and excellent birding sites.

A stop at the tiny Bonete Municipal Cemetery en route meant we could search a small lake and a few trees, giving us great intimate views of Egyptian Vulture (Neophron pernocterus), Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), a lonesome Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina) and – best of all – a yellow-and-black male Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus). European Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) are common in these lowland Continue reading Steppe habitat just outside Castilla de la Mancha

Birdphotographie in the Picos De Europa

While the southern landscapes in Spain – like the Estremadura – are among the most popular photo destinations on the Iberian Peninsula, the mountains in the north, like the Picos De Europa, are largely unknown to many bird photographers.

On my travels to Spain mountainous birds of the Hochgebirge had been too short. They were at the center of a birding trip this time. The target species were: bearded vulture Yellow-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus), (Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus), Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus), Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris) and Citril Finch (Serinus citrinella).

During a break at one of the numerous clear streams I hear a wonderful melodic bird song. I quickly set up my mobile camouflage tent. This is a converted camping landruiser. I slowly approach the song. Suddenly a yellowish-green bird flies back and forth Continue reading Birdphotographie in the Picos De Europa

New Natura 2000 bird sanctuary: Bergstrasse Dossenheim – Schriesheim

WendehalsOn 11 December 2014, the first information boards for the Natura 2000 bird sanctuary “Bergstrasse Dossenheim – Schriesheim“were presented to public by the Chairman of the BUND Dossenheim, Dermot O’Connor. The press is coming soon. When designing the images for the info panel – inter alia the Wryneck (Jynx torquilla), Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), Grey-faced (or Grey-headed) Woodpecker (Picus canus) and Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia). BUND Dossenheim chosed images from www.bird-lens.com. Bird-lens.com is proud to present these photos as part of its efforts to strengthen the importance of nature conservation in the region.

Dossenheim is a municipality in the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis in the north-western part of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Dossenheim is located just 80km south of Frankfurt/ Main main station and thus reached by car in less than an hour’s drive.

The so-called Natura 2000 Vogelschutzgebiet is a Special Protection Areaa according to the EU-Birds Directive. The reserve has a size of 916,13 Acres. The Bergstrasse Continue reading New Natura 2000 bird sanctuary: Bergstrasse Dossenheim – Schriesheim