Radde’s Accentor in Turkish Ski resort in eastern Turkey

A spring, well hidden by willow bushes, seems to be a very good bird attraction here in the barren landscape. Again and again dripping wet birds come out of a thicket of willows, shake their feathers and dry themselves. So they bathe in the hiding place of the willow. A Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) is… Continue reading Radde’s Accentor in Turkish Ski resort in eastern Turkey

Snow Buntings on the North Sea Coast

We’ve had some couple of Snow Buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) on the coast around Westkapelle for the last month or two. The coast near Middelburg is in the province of Zeeland. A small flock of five individuals at a spot just behind the dike and a single bird at a lighthouse. I decided to go and… Continue reading Snow Buntings on the North Sea Coast

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

Pied Wagtail at sewage plant north of Berlin

Normally, the Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) occurs in Germany in winter as a vagrant in the north-west, especially at the North Sea. In 2021, for example, the species was found on Hohe Klint near Oxstedt in the district of Cuxhaven, on the island of Borkum, on the salt marshes of Juist or (on several… Continue reading Pied Wagtail at sewage plant north of Berlin

Bird paradise at Lions Bluff Lodge/ Kenya

Thick clouds and fog are hanging over the plain. The sun have just risen over the horizon – but on the other side of the hill. Twilight disappears fast. Just great. We sit down on the porch and enjoy the morning with a cup of coffee. The first calls are immediately to hear. An Impala… Continue reading Bird paradise at Lions Bluff Lodge/ Kenya

Caucasian Grouse in the pontic mountains near Sivrikaya/ Türkiye

Suddenly a male Caucasian Grouse (Tetrao mlokosiewiczi) flies up at our feet. The Caucasian Grouse lifts itself out of the rhododendron with powerful wing beats but without any audible noise, gaining only slightly in height and then gliding down the sparsely overgrown slope with wings held horizontally and wing tips hanging down. The first Caucasian… Continue reading Caucasian Grouse in the pontic mountains near Sivrikaya/ Türkiye

Greater Short-toed lark on migration along the Pontic Mountains in Turkey

We walk along a narrow pebble beach on the Black Sea coast. What is really remarkable is that I see a fawn colored bird flying in that has a remarkable eye stripe and a thick beak. Spontaneously I think of a Pipit (Anthus sp.), but it is a Greater Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla), which turns… Continue reading Greater Short-toed lark on migration along the Pontic Mountains in Turkey

Red-footed falcons resting during migration south of Berlin

A violent thunderstorm announces itself over the meadows south of Saarmund in the Nuthe-Nieplitz-Niederung. Four individuals of the Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) fly together with Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) to catch prey in the high grass of the meadows. The Common Kestrel do not appear to be affected by the presence of the other falcon… Continue reading Red-footed falcons resting during migration south of Berlin

Corn Crake: Photography at Ujście Warty National Park

Early morning in the Ujście Warty National Park, only 80 kilometers away from Berlin. This is the perfect hour and the perfect place to find and photograph the Corn Crake (Crex crex). And soon I hear the calls of a Corn Crake (Crex crex) in the background of a densely overgrown meadow not far from… Continue reading Corn Crake: Photography at Ujście Warty National Park

Wryneck in Brandenburg/ Germany

A game protection fence separates the meadow from a growth area for the Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris). High rhythmic, choppy sounds and a bird flying into a Guelder-rose (Viburnum opulus), rests a few seconds suggest a nest. The enthusiasm is great when the view through the binoculars shows a brown-grey bird with a striking black… Continue reading Wryneck in Brandenburg/ Germany

Levant Sparrowhawk at Rumija Mountains

A sunny day above Stari Grad with blue sky and mediterranean midday heat. It’s already pretty hot. Suddenly we see a circling, bright-looking raptor, which can be seen against the blue sky and obviously feels comfortable in the thermals of the mountain cone behind it. My guess, Levant Sparrowhawk, is confirmed when looking through the… Continue reading Levant Sparrowhawk at Rumija Mountains

How to photograph Hoopoes? Part I

It’s the beginning of June. The Eurasian Hoopoes (Upupa epops) successfully reared the nest with 3 young in a shelter for the first few days. Due to the size of the garden plot, the nest and the approaching Eurasian Hoopoes could be photographed both from the car and from a camouflage tent. Just half an… Continue reading How to photograph Hoopoes? Part I