Große Rosin: Northern Shoveler after heavy hailstorm

A hailstorm sweeps across the countryside. Just after the thunderstorm ceased a male Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) flies particularly beautifully in front of us on the watch tower. From the observation tower it can be admired in flight at eye level with its bright blue and green wings and the brown belly. Although it is… Continue reading Große Rosin: Northern Shoveler after heavy hailstorm

Vagrant Egyptian Nightjar on Fuerteventura

A Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius) was found on March 29, 2007 near La Lajita Beach on Fuerteventura. The Egyptian Nightjar was ringed and released the next day. After the onset of south-easterly winds and sandstorms from the Sahara, a Egyptian Nightjar was caught on the island of Fuerteventura at the end of March 2007, probably… Continue reading Vagrant Egyptian Nightjar on Fuerteventura

Stelvio National Park: bird diversity in the Alps

As the first light of dawn paints the sky in shades of pink and orange, a small group of intrepid bird watchers gather at the entrance to Stelvio National Park. Armed with binoculars, cameras and a shared passion for the winged inhabitants of this Alpine paradise, they embark on a journey into the heart of… Continue reading Stelvio National Park: bird diversity in the Alps

Snipes: Courtship in the air

A flooded area in the middle of the swampy lowland of the Nuthe, south of the Fläming in southern Brandenburg only 30 km south of Berlin. As soon as I arrive at the wetland at dawn, snipes (Gallinago gallinago) start flying. The area was heavily flooded in the winter. Now the highest water levels have… Continue reading Snipes: Courtship in the air

Rhinoceros Hornbill on the Kinabatangan River

A successful day of bird watching begins with the sighting of a pair of Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) feeding at one of the Fig tree on the banks of the Kinabatangan River together with Pink-necked Green-Pigeon (Treron vernans) and Green Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula aenea) and many more birds at Kinabatangan River. Later we had Bushy-crested Hornbill… Continue reading Rhinoceros Hornbill on the Kinabatangan River

Bird photography in your backyard: What to consider

20 small birds are constantly on the move between a garden bush and the nearby birdhouse. Right away I can identify Great Tits (Parus major), Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus), Nuthatches (Sitta europaea), Greenfinches (Chloris chloris), Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) and House Sparrows (Passer domesticus). While Great Tits and Blue Tits prefer to fly to the feeder,… Continue reading Bird photography in your backyard: What to consider

In search of the Eurasian Dotterel in Krkonoše-Mountains of Poland

A small gray bird walks shyly in the heath vegetation on the edge of the talus cones. It is a bird of the Krkonoše or Giant Mountains, which otherwise has its main distribution in Northern Europe, Northern Asia and Central Asia. In Poland, the Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) nests sporadically in high mountain grasslands and… Continue reading In search of the Eurasian Dotterel in Krkonoše-Mountains of Poland

Turtle dove carrying nesting material in Abu Simbel

From its nest in an African Mahagony (Thaya senegallensis) a European Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia turtur) flies over our heads to an acacia tree. There she obviously finds dead small, fine twigs and stalks. When it flies back practically the same way for the third time – this time with a fine twig in its beak –… Continue reading Turtle dove carrying nesting material in Abu Simbel

Peregrine Falcon on the coast of Big Sur

Fantastic light in a great landscape. But the hit is a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), which suddenly comes flying in on the steep rock in front of me and can be perfectly photographed eating its prey in the most beautiful morning light. First he crouches down over his plucking. He then secures and sees if… Continue reading Peregrine Falcon on the coast of Big Sur

Red-backed Shrike in the Nuthe-Nieplitz region

Forest edges and small trees – especially small ones – are the habitat of the Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio). A male, clearly visible, secures the half-open habitat. From time to time he calls out his unspectacular call, jumps to the ground and then flies back with or without prey on his favorite perch with a… Continue reading Red-backed Shrike in the Nuthe-Nieplitz region

Hoopoes – breeding in Germany

In undulating, butterfly-like flight, a bird with broad, deeply fingered wings comes flying onto an old shed. It is a hoopoe (Upupa epops) that takes a large insect, it looks like a mole cricket (Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa) to feed the young. On the second approach, the long, curved beak and the approximately 5 cm long, erectable… Continue reading Hoopoes – breeding in Germany

A Whinchat in the countryside

There are four different species of the brightly colored, small-thrush birds in Germany. The best known is probably the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) with its bright red breast. This masterful singer with his clear verses breeds mainly in gardens, forests and parks with a lot of undergrowth. In the winter months they are curious and… Continue reading A Whinchat in the countryside