Wet Wagtail shaking its feathers

Completely soaked, a black and white bird stands on a beam. Here, at the corner of a settlement, I can photograph a Wagtail (Motacilla alba), which stands on a beam after a band and shakes and dries itself extensively. The feathers are completely soaked. It is not known whether the bird is a non-swimmer; In… Continue reading Wet Wagtail shaking its feathers

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… Continue reading Northern Shoveler in heavy hailstorm

Corn Crake, a shy inhabitant of the Warta river in Poland

Drops of dew hang on the sloping blades of grass in the wide floodplain of the Warthe in the early morning. It’s summer and the sun rises very early. A fat, red ball has pushed itself over the horizon. But the sun has not yet sent out its rays to banish the last remnants of… Continue reading Corn Crake, a shy inhabitant of the Warta river in Poland

Photography of Cuckoos in their territory

As soon as I arrived at a hide, I hear the calls of at least 5 Common Cuckoos (Cuculus canorus). You don’t have to do much to get a individual in front of the lens. The elemantary drive of the birds to set up or maintain a territory is basically sufficient. Nevertheless, I wanted to… Continue reading Photography of Cuckoos in their territory

Corn Crake: Photography at Ujście Warty National Park

Early morning in the Ujście Warty National Park, only 80 kilometers away from Berlin. This is the perfect hour and the perfect place to find and photograph the Corn Crake (Crex crex). And soon I hear the calls of a Corn Crake (Crex crex) in the background of a densely overgrown meadow not far from… Continue reading Corn Crake: Photography at Ujście Warty National Park

Wryneck in Brandenburg/ Germany

A game protection fence separates the meadow from a growth area for the Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris). High rhythmic, choppy sounds and a bird flying into a Guelder-rose (Viburnum opulus), rests a few seconds suggest a nest. The enthusiasm is great when the view through the binoculars shows a brown-grey bird with a striking black… Continue reading Wryneck in Brandenburg/ Germany

Great Tit inspects Hoopoe-nest

With spread wings, the Great Tit (Parus major) swoops towards a hole in a wooden wall. The Tit inspects the large round hole for a good 3 seconds during the approach, flying sometimes less than 10 cm from the entrance.   The pair of Great Tits has been doing gymnastics around an open shelter or… Continue reading Great Tit inspects Hoopoe-nest

Female Red-backed Shrike aggressively attacks Cuckoo

The little songbird vehemently attacks the Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) on its perch. Seemingly fearless, the female of the Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) attacks. She cannot accept a parasite that endangers her brood.   At the end of May, in the first twilight, a diverse and impressive, almost deafening, concert of voices can be heard… Continue reading Female Red-backed Shrike aggressively attacks Cuckoo

How to photograph Hoopoes? Part II

I already discussed shortly the limits and possibilities of remote photography at the Hoopoe’s nest in the blog “How to photograph Hoopoes? Part II” described. At the beginning of June the Eurasian Hoopoes (Upupa epops) are so far advanced that 3 young are waiting begging for food in the nest. Whether you photograph the approaching… Continue reading How to photograph Hoopoes? Part II

A Blackcap with nesting material in its beak in Montenegro

A Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), a female recognizable by the rusty-brown crest, suddenly sits on a low branch. It has fine, but long, nesting material in its beak. Despite the short distance to us, it sits irresolutely on the branch with the blackish roots for a while. In fact, the male Blackcap builds several nest beginnings… Continue reading A Blackcap with nesting material in its beak in Montenegro

White Wagtail with nestling food

With a thick package in its beak consisting of small Diptera such as Flies (Brachycera) and Mosquitoes (Nematocera), Caddisflies (Trichoptera) and small Dragonflies (Odonata), a White Wagtail, (Motacilla alba) suddenly sits in the pollarded willow just in front of the bird observation tower. As in previous years, a pair of White Wagtails has built a… Continue reading White Wagtail with nestling food

How to photograph Hoopoes? Part I

It’s the beginning of June. The Eurasian Hoopoes (Upupa epops) successfully reared the nest with 3 young in a shelter for the first few days. Due to the size of the garden plot, the nest and the approaching Eurasian Hoopoes could be photographed both from the car and from a camouflage tent. Just half an… Continue reading How to photograph Hoopoes? Part I