Photographing White-throated Dippers in their icy habitat

White-throated Dippers (Cinclus cinclus) are at home on clean streams in the middle and high mountains. Even without having seen it, you will recognize that the petite bird occupies its territory here by its whitish remains on certain stones in the stream bed. Like no other songbird at least in Europe, the White-throated Dipper has… Continue reading Photographing White-throated Dippers in their icy habitat

Migration of Red-footed Falcon along Alpine foothills

In the last days of May 2015, a remarkable presence of Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) was reported from southern Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria. Red-footed Falcons are a thrilling sight – not only for Western Europe. Therefore it is advisable to prepare for a seasonal pattern of occurrence by knowing migration routes, behavior and history of vagrant… Continue reading Migration of Red-footed Falcon along Alpine foothills

Black Grouse on lek in Finland

In Germany it is almost a dying experience: the sound of Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) in early spring. The indigenous population in the Rhoen – a mountaninour area in the middle of Germany –  is almost extinct. Only in the Alps a vital population still survives. If you want to take pictures of the Black… Continue reading Black Grouse on lek in Finland