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Heidemoore in der Wahner Heide

Schwarzkehlchen (europ.)Die leuchtend weißen, weithin sichtbaren Blüten des Wollgrases wiegen sich sanft im Wind. Sie bieten einen herrlichen, unschuldigen Anblick. An manchen Standorten bildet diese Pflanze wogende Teppiche, über denen verschiedene Libellenarten nach Beute jagen. Ein männliches Schwarzkehlchen (Saxicola rubicola) wippt auf einem vorjährigen Staudenstengel und überwacht sein Revier am Rand der Wasserfläche. Die Heide-Moor-Landschaft ist zu allen Jahreszeiten wahrhaftig fotografisch besonders lohnenswert.

Mein bevorzugtes Fotorevier waren lange die Heidemoore in der Wahner Heide im Südosten Kölns. Bis vor einigen Jahren wurde die Wahner Heide als militärisches Übungsgebiet genutzt. Der sandige Untergrund kam bei dem Übungsbetrieb zu Tage. Die Heide-Moor-Landschaft besteht überwiegend aus Sandheiden, die trockenere Bereiche einnehmen, während sich in Dünentälern Feuchtheiden und Heidemoore mit nährstoffarmen Stillgewässern gebildet haben.

Heiden sowie Heidemoore zählen zu den besonders bedrohten Continue reading Heidemoore in der Wahner Heide

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) on Norderney

Northern HarrierNorderney, the most densely populated island in the german Wadden Sea is with good reason called a bird paradise. Terns, Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Common Redshank (Tringa tetanus) , Brent Geese (Branta bernicla), Greylag Geese (Anser anser)and many other birds of water are to be found there, as well as the rare Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), or raptors as Kestrels, Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) and Buzzards. The birds are back from their wintering grounds in southern Europe and Africa and have reached their breeding grounds on Norderney safe.

On the meadows at the airport breed Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) defend clamoring their turf against intrusive neighbors in the Grohdeheller, Common Redshank (Tringa tetanus) flutes from their perch on the fence posts along the salt marshes in the Grohdepolder and the dunes to the east of the island host again a large breeding colony of gulls. Breeding pairs of the rare Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) live on the island, too. The Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus, also called the Hen Harrier was the main reason to arrange a trip to Norderney in early May this year. Finally the Northern Harriers have returned from their wintering areas. On a trip to China – on Happy Island – Northern Harrier could be photographed very successfully on migration  -interesting enough only females. The courtship and breeding period should now be photographed.

For shots of the beginning of courtship, it was too late. Beginning and mid of April you can observe Continue reading Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) on Norderney

Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Schwanheimer Duene

Eurasian Golden-OrioleThere are not too many foreign birdwatchers coming to the middle of Germany for just birding. But Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is the gateway to continental Europe. Many airlines use the Airport as a hub for connecting flights all over the world. If you have spare time between two flight and you are a birdwatcher, you might be interested to know, where you can find good places to stretch your legs, enjoy fresh air and enjoy birding for typical european birds. One of these places is only 15 minutes away from the Frankfurt Airport. This is the Schwanheimer Duene (Dunes of Schwanheim) located in a southern outskirt of Frankfurt. In so far, the area is more or less the same distance than the Langener Waldseen. But whereas these lakes, situated just 2 km east of the runway of Frankfurt AP, are a highly frequented recreation area in summertime, the Schwanheimer Duene is especially good in spring and summer. Thus an excellent alternative to the Langener Waldseen which are very productive in wintertime.

The Schwanheimer Duene is one of the few inland dunes in Europe. It was established after the last ice age of sands that have been blown out of the riverbed of the River Main. Then, a forest grew on it. In the last century farmers cleared the forest and put on cherry meadows. Several dry periods ended these attempts in the second half of the 19th Century. The dune devasted and started to wander. Between 1882 and 1890 the dune moved aground to its present location.

Following the desolation a  typical plant community of inland dune developed, which can be encountered up to nowadays. This plant community is called Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Schwanheimer Duene