Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius), a clever food thief

Since October I have had a feeding place for the birds in my garden. Every now and then Eurasian Jays (Garrulus glandarius) hang around the feeding place. Usually they rarely comes within photo shooting range. During winter feeding, however, it also shows up more frequently from a shorter distance. In our latitudes it is the… Continue reading Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius), a clever food thief

Midges buzz around Pygmy Cormorant in evening light

„The clouds offer an almost fantastic sight; domes rise from their surface and slowly reshape themselves into columns several meters high, swaying back and forth in the light summer wind, thinning out to spread out above like pine crowns, and finally dissolving to make way for other columns. The apparition lasts until nightfall; the twitching… Continue reading Midges buzz around Pygmy Cormorant in evening light

Thrushes feeding on fruits in winter

A beautiful Redwing (Turdus iliacus) roam on the lichen-covered branches of the Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) to enjoy the red berries in thick fog. A bush of the European Holly (Ilex aquifolium) – also simply called Ilex – in the back of my front yard has been glowing full of red fruits since autumn, too. But… Continue reading Thrushes feeding on fruits in winter

White-bearded Manakin at Monte Pacoal Nationalpark in Mata Atlântica

Just before the turnoff to NP Monte Pacoal is a great granite cone that really looks like a finger. This is the summit of Monte Pascoal which is only 536 m high, but looks very impressive. The weather is quite sunny all the time, but humid. But when I get to the NP, I experience… Continue reading White-bearded Manakin at Monte Pacoal Nationalpark in Mata Atlântica

Boreal Owl – living in harsh conditions in the high-altitude forest

The little owl seems almost curious to look down at the excited observer. He had flown up without any sound. Now the bird alternately looks down (to the photographer) and then up again – probably to identify avian enemies in good time. The yellow iris reflects the sun and sparkles. It is a Boreal Owl… Continue reading Boreal Owl – living in harsh conditions in the high-altitude forest

Photographing flying birds with slow shutter speed

A flying Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) low over the Blankensee in Brandenburg only 20 km south of Berlin. It was a gray day and the foggy clouds did not allow really short exposure times with acceptable ISO ​​despite the Canon EF 400mm f / 2.8L IS II USM camera lens. A few duck birds flying… Continue reading Photographing flying birds with slow shutter speed

Bramblings in autumn forest

It prevails, wonderfully calm autumn weather. Otherwise, autumn is associated with rain and storm. It promises to be a sunny October day. In the morning I set off for a longer walk in the Brandenburg quarry forests. The sun penetrates the haze, over which is a steel-blue sky spread. After the first few meters, a… Continue reading Bramblings in autumn forest

Spot-throated Hummingbird in the Marañon valley

A complex series of high chirping sounds and rolling, wheezing, humming or rollovers in one song let me take a closer look at the shadow of a bush. It is the Spot-throated Hummingbird (Leucippus taczanowski) that sings at the spot. I am on the way from the small town of Chamaya in the wider area… Continue reading Spot-throated Hummingbird in the Marañon valley

Black Stork: a rare but regular migrant in Germany

On a beautiful late summer day in late August, I was busy most of the day moving my winter hide to another place to rebuild it. We therefore had little time to take pictures. A little exhausted, we made our way home in the evening when we discovered a Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) a few… Continue reading Black Stork: a rare but regular migrant in Germany

Eurasian Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) in Brandenburg/ Germany

When twilight turns to darkness, you can hear a sustained, discrete purring on the former military training grounds in the southern part of Brandenburg,. It seems to come from the darkness of the small poplar and birch groves. In the secondary growth of birch, poplar, aspen and pine trees with some open sandy places underneath… Continue reading Eurasian Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) in Brandenburg/ Germany

Eared Grebe with a chick in Brandenburg

Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) with chicks are rarely seen, let alone observed in detail and photographed. While Little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) or Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus) too, can be found everywhere, at least in Europe, and at least one of the two species can be admired in fairly calm waters, Eared Grebes are much… Continue reading Eared Grebe with a chick in Brandenburg

European Bee-eaters between heaven and earth

In the midday heat I am led to my hiding place. In the evening the sun is best and gives a nice backlight. It is June and the rolling hills of the Bulgarian coastal plain are covered with blooming sunflowers. A tractor is chugging in the village. Otherwise everything is quiet. I slipped into the… Continue reading European Bee-eaters between heaven and earth