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

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

Photography without disturbing: the Red-backed Shrike in Germany

In June, the females of the Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) are still sitting on their eggs. But towards the end of the month, they should start feeding the young birds. Then the nature photographer is already very excited. Over time, you get to know the pairs in an area quite well. One, of the total… Continue reading Photography without disturbing: the Red-backed Shrike in Germany

Caspian Tern on southern shores

„Among the vast hordes of sea birds nesting in the great colonies of the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts, this king of all the terns may be seen climbing into the air on its long, strong wings, its big red bill wide open, yelling out its loud raucous cry of defiance. As the dominant, ruling… Continue reading Caspian Tern on southern shores

Capercaillie in wildlife enclosure

Old and weakened trees have not been felled and removed from the forests for years, but remain there until they are knocked over by the wind or pushed down by the snow. Insects such as the bark beetle, which are seen as pests in commercial forests, are allowed to make their natural contribution to forest… Continue reading Capercaillie in wildlife enclosure

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

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

Common Shelduck in contryside of the Niederen Flaeming

As far as the eye can see, the agricultural steppe spreads in the area of ​​the Niederen (Lower) Flaeming in the south of Brandenburg. The area covers the intensive agricultural land west, south and east of Jüterbog, from Marzahna in the west to Dahme / Mark in the east. The flat undulating, slightly hilly landscape… Continue reading Common Shelduck in contryside of the Niederen Flaeming

A young Night Heron near Cologne

The late summer evening in August 2020 was surprisingly cool, although the hike from the parking lot to the river bank section turned out to be sweaty. In Ornitho.de a Black-crowned Night-Heron, (Nycticorax nycticorax) had been reported from the Siegaue near Bonn. That would be a nice observation. There were already other interested birders on… Continue reading A young Night Heron near Cologne

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

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