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

Population developments in Germany for European Bee-eater

Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster): They cover thousands of kilometers between the winter quarters and the breeding area. It is summer and most migratory birds have long returned from their winter quarters. Their breeding business is in full swing. One bird species is already thinking about the return flight: Merops apiaster, the European Bee-eater. The colorful birds… Continue reading Population developments in Germany for European Bee-eater

Magnificent Bird-of-paradise in the rainforest

Heavy rains during the last night made the path through the steep slopes of the rainforest almost impassable. Again and again I sink up to my knees in the mud while I try to follow my guide, who is carrying my luggage and using his machete to help us through the thicket of lianas and… Continue reading Magnificent Bird-of-paradise in the rainforest

Gurney’s Pitta at Khao Pra Bang Khram Park in southern Thailand

I wake up in the middle of the night to the heavy pounding of rain falling on the tin roof. It takes a good 1 hour before I can go back to sleep. Then I remember: the reason to come to Khao Pra Bang Khram Park (formerly Khao Nor Chu Chi) is the chance to… Continue reading Gurney’s Pitta at Khao Pra Bang Khram Park in southern Thailand

Prey and spectrum of food of European Bee-eater

The name already reveals part of the food spectrum of the magnificent birds. Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) lead a short, eventful life in Germany. The colorful birds only arrive in our latitudes in the second half of May. Bee-eaters feed exclusively on insects, specializing in the hunting of large and medium-sized flying insects. Bees, bumblebees, beetles,… Continue reading Prey and spectrum of food of European Bee-eater

Photographing European Bee-eater: How and Where

A thin branch in the most beautiful evening light and on it a European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster). This is an image many nature photographers want to shoot. This raises the question of course of what the Bee-eater’s habits and preferences are. If you take a closer look at Bee-eater photography, you ask yourself e.g. how… Continue reading Photographing European Bee-eater: How and Where

Birds in Kakum NP from Canopy Walkway

A strange bird is looking through the leaves like a dwarf Gnom. The Bristle-nosed Barbet (Gymnobucco peli) is the bird which welcomed us during a visit in the early morning. Fog and mist in the first light of dawn makes the rain forest look like a Chinese drawing. In the humid lowland rainforest of Ghana… Continue reading Birds in Kakum NP from Canopy Walkway

Birding in Chobe Nationalpark/ Botswana

In the first morning light a mokoro-boat splits the shallow waves of the early river. Silence lies over the wide river plain in the morning haze. The birding specials in the area around the Chobe River in the north of Botswana, characterized by flood plains, grasslands and riparian woods along the river courses, are real… Continue reading Birding in Chobe Nationalpark/ Botswana

Wildlife in The SPERRGEBIET / Namibia

Only after I have held many talks and signed a pile of paper, I get access to the “Sperrgebiet”, a diamond restricted area. Not only the precious stones benefited from the enormous security measures. Incidentally, the most protected nature reserve in the world was created – an African wilderness that is not in the public… Continue reading Wildlife in The SPERRGEBIET / Namibia