Sickle-winged Nightjar in Arroyo el Palmar

The first evening in the Parque Nacional El Palmar just should bring a pair of sunset palm photos. Suddenly I see a nightjar on the road. A little further on, more can be seen in the pale light. The eyes shone in the headlights. One oft he nightjars is ready to accept a photo and… Continue reading Sickle-winged Nightjar in Arroyo el Palmar

Turkish sick jay with begging young bird on Black Sea coast

The view of the blue sea through the pines and chestnut trees is really impressive. Well-known calls reveal that Eurasian Jays (Garrulus glandarius) initially roam around the hotel invisibly. Then I see them too. They are 2 birds of the same species. One looks amazingly disheveled, the other is obviously a hatchling that wants to… Continue reading Turkish sick jay with begging young bird on Black Sea coast

Juvenile Goshawk in Anatolian sky

An Accipiter hawk does fly low over the nicely constructed road south of Erzurum. I jump out of the car and keep on shooting with my Canon EF 400mm 1:4 DO IS II USM on a Canon EOS R 5. At home, I sort out the images. When viewing in Lightroom, my first thought is:… Continue reading Juvenile Goshawk in Anatolian sky

Young Levant Sparrowhawk in eastern Anatolia

On a ledge just above the road south of Erzurum sits a dark-looking raptor with heavily striped underside. The iris is dark. Very beautiful. Is that the bird, I had seen circling and identified as a Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) earlier? The sitting posture is more a reminiscent of a powerful falcon. No, that’s a… Continue reading Young Levant Sparrowhawk in eastern Anatolia

Chiffchaff: successful in spite of being very young

Still a little uncertain, a chubby something wobbles out of the dense willow (Salix sp.). Surprisingly unerringly, this Phylloscopus-warbler, which has probably just fled, caught a damp moth from the early morning, hits it a few times so that the scales squirt and devours it with relish. A little later it can be seen on… Continue reading Chiffchaff: successful in spite of being very young

Levant Sparrowhawk at Rumija Mountains

A sunny day above Stari Grad with blue sky and mediterranean midday heat. It’s already pretty hot. Suddenly we see a circling, bright-looking raptor, which can be seen against the blue sky and obviously feels comfortable in the thermals of the mountain cone behind it. My guess, Levant Sparrowhawk, is confirmed when looking through the… Continue reading Levant Sparrowhawk at Rumija Mountains

Eurasian Jays in fight for feeding in winter

The Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) is not an ugly, if predominantly brownish, bird while sitting. The combination of size and brownish color in combination with the light blue-black-and-white wing field make the jay largely unmistakable. Normally a Eurasian Jay likes to move forward by jumping on the ground. When the jay does fly, the otherwise… Continue reading Eurasian Jays in fight for feeding in winter

American Painted-snipe at the Rio de la Plata in the Estancia Palenque

An American Painted-snipe (Rostratula semicollaris) poking in the moist soil in the most beautiful morning light in early March 2000. What a picture. It looks much smaller than the Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago). The Painted-Snipe is foraging in shallow water at the edge of a sedge stand, picking up prey with the semicircular movement of… Continue reading American Painted-snipe at the Rio de la Plata in the Estancia Palenque

White-winged Nightjar: home on burnt ground

Forest fires are generally described in the media as crises or disasters. No wonder, when material assets are to be saved with many hundreds of firefighters in action. As macabre as it may seem, fire is essential for some birds to continue living in their native habitat. One such bird is the White-winged Nightjar (Caprimulgus… Continue reading White-winged Nightjar: home on burnt ground

Chlidonia’s terns in Germany

It applies to all species of the genus Chlidonias that they colonize nutrient-rich waters with rich bank vegetation, especially on lakes and slowly flowing rivers. They build their nests on floating plants and often form colonies during breeding season. Long stalks of rushes, ledges and cattails are used as building material. These are easy to… Continue reading Chlidonia’s terns in Germany

Dusky Thrush as rare vagrant in Germany

It was a bit of a sensation. A Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus) was sighted in a flock of Fieldfares (Turdus pilaris) in the middle of the Erzgebirge (Iron Mountains) near Stollberg, south-west of Chemnitz in south-eastern Germany. A Dusky Thrush discovered 4 years ago on Helgoland was the only report that I was able to… Continue reading Dusky Thrush as rare vagrant in Germany

ID immature Chlidonia’s terns

The Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) occurs widely across the world in Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. It is rare in Germany and only breeds in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Saxony-Anhalt. Evidence of breeding was also recently reported in Brandenburg. In other parts of the world, however, this Chlidonia tern is the most common of the genus.… Continue reading ID immature Chlidonia’s terns