Giant Otters in Manu

A tropical thunderstorm is just unloading; when the murmur of the rain fades, we continue on a muddy path through the forest. Then we go by boat on a curici, a lake that consists of a truncated oxbow lake. “Lobo,” Luis suddenly calls into the unreal silence. “Lobo de Rio”, wolf of the rivers, as… Continue reading Giant Otters in Manu

Saih al-Salam, paradise in the midst of semi-desert and acacia savannah in the Emirates

The first chains of Sandgrouse appear early in the morning. Still, it is remarkably cool. But very soon, the air will be heatened up to the highest degrees. Sandgrouses do not only arrive quenching their thirst on the extensive waters. Species such as the Arabian Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus erlangeri) and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata)… Continue reading Saih al-Salam, paradise in the midst of semi-desert and acacia savannah in the Emirates

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

Lumo Reserve; a paradise in eastern Africa

The breathtaking panoramic view over the golden-green savannah between Tsavo East and Tsavo West, the North-South Pare Mountains and the Taiga Hills will stay with us forever. But the small “gifts” right along the way are also a miracle. Thus you can soon see the first Little Bee-eaters (Merops pusillus cyanostictus). Here you can really… Continue reading Lumo Reserve; a paradise in eastern Africa

Whiskered terns and waterfowl at estuary on the Caspian Sea of southern Azerbaijan

The view of the shallow bay is just great. We are en route to explore the lagoons and coastal habitats between Liman, Narimanabad and Baliqcilar in southern Azerbaijan. The huge bay of Kizil Agach (another spelling: Qizilagach or Ghizil-Agaj) is the largest wetland in Transcaucasia. It is easily accessible from the causeway between Liman and… Continue reading Whiskered terns and waterfowl at estuary on the Caspian Sea of southern Azerbaijan

Arctic Terns, globetrotters of the planet

The Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) is a real globetrotter. She is graceful in flight and downright dainty. This makes their worldwide occurrence all the more amazing. The birds breed around the Arctic Ocean to the northern tip of Greenland at almost 84°N and still comes regularly to breed on the North Sea coast at 54°N.… Continue reading Arctic Terns, globetrotters of the planet

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

Special Birds in Nationalpark Biogradska Gora: White-throated Dipper

A beautiful mountain stream in the Biogradska Gora National Park in eastern Montenegro. A rest on a bridge. A few minutes later we see a black bird with a white bib comes flying over the shallow but wide mountain stream. A White-throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) takes a seat on a fallen tree trunk. She diligently… Continue reading Special Birds in Nationalpark Biogradska Gora: White-throated Dipper

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

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

Great Snipe photography in Estonia

A creaky staccato. A Great Snipe (Gallinago media) shakes itself in extacy. Then the snipe jumps briefly in the air. This can last for many hours at the midnight mating court, a lek. Common Snipes (Gallinago gallinago) also perform their courtship with sounds. But these are very different from those of the Great Snipe. Loud,… Continue reading Great Snipe photography in Estonia

Save a young European Starling

A European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) tears its beak wide open and presents its orange-yellow throat. Ist mothers prey is quickly stuck in his throat. What sounds like an everyday story in the breeding season of Starlings could mean the last meal for the young European Starling. It has been raining the whole day. The blades… Continue reading Save a young European Starling