Hoopoes in the Kaiserstuhl

Almost everyone knows the Hoopoe (Upupa epops) with its unusual headdress and friendly face. But there are only a few places in Germany where you can observe it quite easily. The Kaiserstuhl in the south-western corner of Germany is one of these special places, with one of the highest population densities in Germany. But that… Continue reading Hoopoes in the Kaiserstuhl

A rarity in Krkonoše-Mountains: the Alpine Accentor

We actually see the first Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris) at the summit of Sněžka, the highest peak in the Krkonoše, or Karkonosze – Moutains, which are also called „Giant Mountains“. As we were just leaving the plateau we see 9-12 individuals of this species calling and flying around the houses in the immediate vicinity of… Continue reading A rarity in Krkonoše-Mountains: the Alpine Accentor

Little Gull at Cape Gilazi in Azerbaijan

Out car stops on the edge of a wide sandy beach. The wind dies down for a moment. The sea stretches wide and overwhelming, outlined by black and white foam caps and a distant, dark gray horizon. Dozens of Little Gulls (Hydrocoloeus minutus) dot the white of sky and earth. On the way back from… Continue reading Little Gull at Cape Gilazi in Azerbaijan

Lesser Spotted Eagle in Brandenburg

Scientific research on the Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina) shows the facts. A good occurrence of the Lesser Spotted Eagle is mainly in the Randow-Welse lowland in Brandenburg or in or around the Feldberger Seenlandschaft. The exact locations of nest are top secret. But in the Randow-Welse lowland it might be possible to observe a… Continue reading Lesser Spotted Eagle in Brandenburg

Wallcreeper on a barren rock in Turkey

Anyone who discovers a Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) flapping and climbing up a rock face is immediately enchanted by its beauty. With the jerky spreading of the crimson bright wide wings, he resembles a butterfly. Unmistakably, the Wallcreeper climbs up the vertical rocks and keeps flashing its bright red feathers. The Wallcreeper is usually difficult to… Continue reading Wallcreeper on a barren rock in Turkey

Songbird migration at Cildir Lake in eastern Turkey

The planted pine grove is surprisingly productive. In the car, I patrol the edge of the forest, which is now in the morning sunlight. This draws out the resting migratory birds in masses. I patiently park my car a short distance from the pines and just wait. Several (5) Spotted Flycatchers (Muscicapa striata), a Willow… Continue reading Songbird migration at Cildir Lake in eastern Turkey

Eurasian Jackdaw of subspecies soemmerringii along Caspian coast

Heavy migration can be observed on the side facing the Caspian sea at the Besh Barmag Bottleneck. Between Rooks (Corvus frugilegus) there are also flocks of Eurasian Jackdaws of the eastern subspecies. Corvus monedula soemmerringii occurs from eastern Europe through Iran to northwestern India. I had seen this race of Eurasian Jackdaws before in northern… Continue reading Eurasian Jackdaw of subspecies soemmerringii along Caspian coast

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

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

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

Corn Crake, a shy inhabitant of the Warta river in Poland

Drops of dew hang on the sloping blades of grass in the wide floodplain of the Warthe in the early morning. It’s summer and the sun rises very early. A fat, red ball has pushed itself over the horizon. But the sun has not yet sent out its rays to banish the last remnants of… Continue reading Corn Crake, a shy inhabitant of the Warta river in Poland

White-backed Woodpeckers in Durmitor National Park/ Montenegro

For some time we had fought our way up the hiking trail, interrupted again and again by ankle-deep fields of snow. Then, at about 1,650 m above sea level, a woodpecker squeaking can be clearly heard. That can only be the White-backed Woodpeckers (Dendrocopus leucotos)? I play the calls and the drumming from the tape.… Continue reading White-backed Woodpeckers in Durmitor National Park/ Montenegro