Eared Grebe with a chick in Brandenburg

Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) with chicks are rarely seen, let alone observed in detail and photographed. While Little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) or Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus) too, can be found everywhere, at least in Europe, and at least one of the two species can be admired in fairly calm waters, Eared Grebes are much… Continue reading Eared Grebe with a chick in Brandenburg

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

Female Northern Goshawk in powerful flight approaching

High, shrill, loud calls resound through the morning pine forest in the east of the North German Plain. Suddenly a grey bird with a white underside can be seen elegantly flying between the pine trees, some of which are standing close together. It is the female of the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) flying in through… Continue reading Female Northern Goshawk in powerful flight approaching

After nesting: Young Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are out of the nest

The day before yesterday the young woodpeckers were fed at the brood tube. From time to time, young Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers (Dendrocopos minor) stuck their heads out of the hole of a dead, not so thick Alder tree (Alnus sp.). Yesterday the feeding activity in the breeding cave has been stopped. The breeding hole appeared… Continue reading After nesting: Young Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are out of the nest

Northern Goshawks at the nest

It is said that the best thing about finding the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) is to listen to the calls of the offspring. However, none of this was heard during my last visit to a nest with 3 young Northern Goshawks. Nonetheless, the recent inspection was successful. After doing some searching on a spring morning,… Continue reading Northern Goshawks at the nest

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

Dusky Thrush as rare vagrant in Germany

It was a bit of a sensation. A Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus) was sighted in a flock of Fieldfares (Turdus pilaris) in the middle of the Erzgebirge (Iron Mountains) near Stollberg, south-west of Chemnitz in south-eastern Germany. A Dusky Thrush discovered 4 years ago on Helgoland was the only report that I was able to… Continue reading Dusky Thrush as rare vagrant in Germany

A rare vagrant: Pine Buntings in Germany

Though a Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalos) is present in the Winsener Marsch near the Lower Elbe south of Hamburg for some days now, the Pine Bunting is a real exception in Germany. No wonder, that the bird keeps the twitcher in Germany in suspense. Several times in the last days a bright Bunting could be… Continue reading A rare vagrant: Pine Buntings in Germany

White-tailed Eagles on an icy coot hunt

The night was cold, so that a layer of ice had formed on the vast lake. Already 70 percent of the lake area was frozen over. The ice layer was strong enough to carry the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla). After a few days of snowing, it didn’t get any drier, but it was significantly colder.… Continue reading White-tailed Eagles on an icy coot hunt

Vagrant Hume’s Warbler in Brandenburg

The decision to try the ornithologist’s luck despite the distance of 75 km was made quickly. A Hume’s Warbler (Phylloscopus humei) was reported on ornitho.de from the northern Spreewald. Oh, sure just a short sighting – and the bird is gone, I was thinking first. But the next day, the Hume’s Warbler was still hanging… Continue reading Vagrant Hume’s Warbler in Brandenburg

Swimming and Birding in Amphoe Khlong Thom/ Thailand

Suddenly there is something beautifully bright orange in front of me in the bamboo thicket. It’s the Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina). What a beauty! I hadn’t expected that at bird all. The Orange-headed Thrush can be found in India, in the Himalayan region to southern China, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand and Indochina and on some islands… Continue reading Swimming and Birding in Amphoe Khlong Thom/ Thailand

Marshall’s Iora in Sri Lanka

Marshall’s Iora (Aegithina nigrolutea) – recently called White-tailed Iora – is endemic to the Indian Subcontinent, where it prefers lowland thorn scrub and tree groves. It is closely related to the Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) and the two were previously considered conspecific. In Sri Lanka I had the opportunity to observe a male neaer the… Continue reading Marshall’s Iora in Sri Lanka