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

Vineyard – inhabitants: Wryneck & Hoopoe

A hike through the vineyards in the Kaiserstuhl in the last south-western corner of Germany. In a wavy, butterfly-like flight, a bird with broad, deeply fingered wings drawn in black and white flies towards an old shed. It is a Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) that brings a large insect to feed the young. A beautiful… Continue reading Vineyard – inhabitants: Wryneck & Hoopoe

Newly fledged Red-backed Shrike in Spruce

High, soft but intense calls sound from an old clearcut that is now reforesting itself with European Spruce (Picea abies). Between emerging Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) and Rowan (Sorbus aucupariaeinem), I walk up a slope on a carpet of Blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and follow the calls. Right next to a hunter’s perch amidst man-sized spruce trees,… Continue reading Newly fledged Red-backed Shrike in Spruce

Northern Goshawk dripping wet in the rain

The rain is long awaited in southern Brandenburg, roughly 40 kilometers south of Berlin. The weeks before it had rained only sporadically. In the evening it was said that more than 10 liters / square meter had dropped. After strong thunderstorms with heavy heavy rain, the weather situation only calmed down slightly at night. There… Continue reading Northern Goshawk dripping wet in the rain

Juvenile Great Grey Shrikes: first days outside the nest

End of May. Loud, plaintive shouts echo from a willow bush on the edge of a wetland directly on a canalised lowland river in southern Brandenburg. Small, short-tailed, high-contrast black and white birds slip between leafes and branches calling loudly. It quickly turns out. They are young Great Grey Shrike or Great Gray Shrike (Lanius… Continue reading Juvenile Great Grey Shrikes: first days outside the nest

Cuckoos landing on a perch in Brandenburg

I spot the bird in an Ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) along a drainage canal. The Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) sits high in the tree and calls, dropping its wings slightly and wagging its tail. It doesn’t keep him waiting for long. The competitors dispute his territory. A little later the next control room is flown… Continue reading Cuckoos landing on a perch in Brandenburg

Great Gray Shrike at its nest in a poplar

Sometimes you will become aware of the Northern Shrike or Great Gray Shrike (Lanius excubitor) in or especially before the breeding season through its musical talent. But that is rare. Because his song consists of short, repeated verses, which are interrupted by longer silent intervals. Normally it is introduced with “trrr” or “prrr” notes, which… Continue reading Great Gray Shrike at its nest in a poplar

European Bee-eater: life in Germany

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) lead a short, eventful life in Germany. The iridescent birds only arrive in our latitudes in the second half of May, and in August they migrate back to the south. In between, they have just enough time to raise their young and prepare them for the long way to the winter… Continue reading European Bee-eater: life in Germany