Northern Shoveler in heavy hailstorm

A hailstorm falls over the ponds of Stangenhagen. While many wading and waterfowl used to stand stoically by the lake, the masses of birds that meet here in late summer to moult and rest for the first time on their way to their winter quarters are now beginning to move. First, the Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) fly up in a dense flock. The thunderstorm is too violent and heavy. But they can’t find refuge anywhere and so they come down again a little later in the same place. Common Snipes (Gallinago gallinago) seek shelter in the reed. Ducks keep flying from one pond to the other. A male Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) flies particularly beautifully in the heavy summer showers in front of the alluvial forest. From the observation tower it can be admired at eye level in flight with its bright blue and green on the flight feathers. Although he is “only” in non-breeding plumage now, the photo shows both the dynamics of the flight and the adversities of the environment in which birds have to prove themselves every day.

Not only Northern Shoveler, Northern Lapwing and Common Snipe White Wagtails, but many other good birds, as the White Wagtail, (Motacilla alba), the Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus), Bearded Tits or Bearded Reedlings (Panurus biarmicus) and Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) can be spotted in the ponds south of Stangenhagen near Trebbin in southern Brandenburg. The area is part of the Nature Park “Lowlands of Nuthe and Nieplitz”. The small rivers Nuthe and Nieplitz are located south-west of Berlin and form a unique lowland habitat.

In order to meet the growing demand for top images of the rarer species of Palaearctic has specifically made trips to remote places. Additionally every chance is used, if a rare bird is around the homeground. This to do everything to ensure excellent photos of the Birds of the Western Palearctic . The yield of pictures also of rare Western Palaearctic birds is very good. There are other nice images of birds, that you will find behind the tab “Picture Shop“. Just give a notice if you need a picture of a bird which is not online.

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