Vögel im Majete Game Reserve: Bienenfresser und mehr

Der Ausflug in das Majete Game Reserve lässt mich an einem Gebüsch halten. Hier ist eine richtige Bird Party zu sehen. So ist u.a. ein Trauerdrongo (Dicrurus adsimilis), ein Gelbbauch-Spreizschwanz (Erythrocercus livingstonei), 2 Natalrötel (Cossypha natalensis), ein Streifenkopf-Heckensänger (Cercotrichas quadrivirgata) und ein Safranweber (Ploceus xanthops) – mit einem auffallend fleischfarbenen Schnabel – sowie ein Graukopfwürger… Continue reading Vögel im Majete Game Reserve: Bienenfresser und mehr

Bee-eaters in Majete Game Reserve near Lengwe NP

The trip to the Majete Game Reserve makes me stop at a bush. A remarkable bird party can be seen here. After some minutes I can detect Fork-tailed Drongos (Dicrurus adsimilis), Livingstone’s Flycatcher (Erythrocercus livingstonei), Red-capped Robin-Chats (Cossypha natalensis), Bearded Scrub-Robins (Cercotrichas quadrivirgata) and a Holub’s Golden-Weaver (Ploceus xanthops) – with a strikingly flesh-colored beak… Continue reading Bee-eaters in Majete Game Reserve near Lengwe NP

Common Swift and Northern House-Martin: a bad year in Germany?

You could read in May several times in the media that there were fewer Common Swifts (Apus apus) and Northern House-Martins (Delichon urbica) this year than in previous years. For example, a conservation organization reported on the results of the “Stunde der Gartenvogel”, which is equivalent  the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch number of these fast-flying… Continue reading Common Swift and Northern House-Martin: a bad year in Germany?

Swifts over Sanager River/ Cameroon

Swifts (Apodiformes) in the family Apodidae are small birds which spend the majority of their lives flying. These birds have very short legs and never settle voluntarily on the ground, perching instead only on vertical surfaces. Many swifts have long swept-back wings which resemble a crescent or boomerang. There are 13 species occurring in Cameroon.… Continue reading Swifts over Sanager River/ Cameroon

Alpensegler: eine Paarung im Flug

Während einer Reise vom 1. bis zum 8. Juli nach Rumänien und Bulgarien konnte eine bemerkenswerte Beobachtung in den rumänischen Karpaten im Bild festgehalten werden. Ein Männchen und ein Weibchen des Alpenseglers (Apus melba) wurden gesehen, wie sie unter einem Felsvorsprung in einer Steilwand flogen und dabei über mehrere Sekunden die Begattung vollzogen. Dies konnte… Continue reading Alpensegler: eine Paarung im Flug

Observations of a Great Reed-Warbler in the Rhine Valley

Based on a message in Ornitho.de in the beginning of May I when visited the Schiersteiner water works in the vicinity of Wiesbaden in the Rheingau region. This area is about 50 km west from the Frankfurt city center. A singing Reed Warbler had been seen. Maybe a nice photo opportunity. Shortyl after arrival at… Continue reading Observations of a Great Reed-Warbler in the Rhine Valley

Nachweis des Drosselrohrsänger (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) am Mittelrhein

Am 05.05.14 konnte auf Grundlage einer Meldung in Ornitho.de bei einem Besuch der Schiersteiner Wasserwerke in der Umgebung von Wiesbaden im Rheingau ca. 50 km westlich vom Frankfurt Stadtmitte mindestens ein singender Drosselrohrsänger entdeckt werden. Es konnten einige Fotobelege gemacht werden. Aktuell – zumindest bis vor 2 Tagen – ist mindestens

Copula in flight of Alpine Swift in Romania´s Carpathians

 During a trip from July 1st till 8th 2013 to observe birds in Romania and Bulgaria a remarkable sighting could be noted. A couple of Alpine Swift (Apus melba) was seen flying below a crag in a steep rock and copulated for several seconds. This could be seen in a beautiful gorge near the town… Continue reading Copula in flight of Alpine Swift in Romania´s Carpathians

All 4 Sylvia – Warblers in Weilbacher Kiesgrube near Frankfurt

This morning all 4 species of Sylvia-Warblers which regularly occur in Germany could be seen. First the male of a Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) showed up in the first light of this chilly but sunny morning. Then a beautiful singing individual of a Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) could be seen very near to a observation tower… Continue reading All 4 Sylvia – Warblers in Weilbacher Kiesgrube near Frankfurt

Migratory birds herald spring

Last weekend, you could observe heavy traffic in the skies over Frankfurt/ Germany. Although winter is not ready to lower its grip the first returning migrants already point to the imminent end of the cold season. In recent weeks, Eurasian Skylarks  (Alauda arvensis), and Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus), were seen already on their return. Particularly… Continue reading Migratory birds herald spring

Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Schwanheimer Duene

There are not too many foreign birdwatchers coming to the middle of Germany for just birding. But Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is the gateway to continental Europe. Many airlines use the Airport as a hub for connecting flights all over the world. If you have spare time between two flight and you are a birdwatcher, you… Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Schwanheimer Duene