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

Gray-faced Woodpecker: scientific studies required

The population of the Gray-faced Woodpecker (Picus canus) in the western Palearctic has declined sharply in the last 20 years. The causes of this are largely unknown, as there are few research results on the birds ecology. While population trends of the Gray-faced Woodpecker in Eastern Europe are stable or even positive in some cases,… Continue reading Gray-faced Woodpecker: scientific studies required

Song Thrush during nest building

The Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) is a secret species. After a cold winter, the birds distinctive rather melancholy singing can be heard at some point. At first cautious, its songs and calls sounds a little later high from the treetops of many forests. This is also the case in the pine forests of Brandenburg. In… Continue reading Song Thrush during nest building

Blue Tit nibbles on willow catkins

I wondered if the Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) was interested in something in the willow bushes – maybe the willow catkins – when a little bird activity at the observation tower died down. Anyway, I can see that two Blue Tits are intensively tending to the willows and the pollen from the willow catkins. At… Continue reading Blue Tit nibbles on willow catkins

Canada Goose attacked by Golden Eagle at Panoche Road

At first it is just a dark spot high in the sky, then I recognize the silhouette of a Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) against the blue of the sky. A little later I lose sight of the bird. Suddenly I see something flying again. I still wonder what a single Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is… Continue reading Canada Goose attacked by Golden Eagle at Panoche Road

An unusual tenant in raptor nest: Greylag Goose

A head looks cheeky from a huge nest 8 meters high in a European Larch (Larix decidua) in a sparsely leafy, mixed forest. The orange-pink beak is conspicuous and, in connection with the gray-brown head, only allows one breeding species to be itentified: a Greylag Goose (Anser anser). The bird sits crouched on the nest… Continue reading An unusual tenant in raptor nest: Greylag Goose

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

Black-winged Kite in winter near Torgau

For a birder interested in subtropical birding in the middle of german winter, there is a chance right now. Reports in Ornitho.de notice a Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) just 150 km or 2 hours drive away from Berlin. The Kite has positioned itself on the Elbe near Dommitzsch north of Torgau. With the great portrait… Continue reading Black-winged Kite in winter near Torgau

Pallas’s Grasshopper-Warbler searching in Sri Lanka

The morning light is fantastic this morning in southern Sri Lanka very close to the famous Bundala National Park. After we have already been very successful with some water birds, we now want to dedicate ourselves to a wintering bird from Central Asia. I was just able to photograph a female Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)… Continue reading Pallas’s Grasshopper-Warbler searching in Sri Lanka

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