Haselhuhn: Habitatsuche im Bayerischen Wald, Teil 2

Für das Haselhuhn (Bonasa bonasia) werden, über das Jahr verteilt, unterschiedliche Habitatpräferenzen angegeben werden. In einer 2-wöchigen Exkursion in den Böhmerwald bzw. Bayerischen Wald sollte sich zeigen, ob die bekannten Lebensraumbeschreibungen erstens gut zu identifizieren und zweitens gut zum Aufspürgen der Haselhühner geeignet waren. Im Allgemeinen bevorzugt das Haselhuhn junge Waldstadien mit Pionierwaldcharakter. Ein hoher… Continue reading Haselhuhn: Habitatsuche im Bayerischen Wald, Teil 2

Boreal Owl – living in harsh conditions in the high-altitude forest

The little owl seems almost curious to look down at the excited observer. He had flown up without any sound. Now the bird alternately looks down (to the photographer) and then up again – probably to identify avian enemies in good time. The yellow iris reflects the sun and sparkles. It is a Boreal Owl… Continue reading Boreal Owl – living in harsh conditions in the high-altitude forest

Capercaillie in wildlife enclosure

Old and weakened trees have not been felled and removed from the forests for years, but remain there until they are knocked over by the wind or pushed down by the snow. Insects such as the bark beetle, which are seen as pests in commercial forests, are allowed to make their natural contribution to forest… Continue reading Capercaillie in wildlife enclosure

Im Reich der Eulen

In der begehbaren Voliere steht man erstmal im Schatten und schaut in ein Gestrüpp aus jungen Buchen. Im Hintergrund stehen Fichten auf Felsblöcken. Der Blick fällt auf einen regungslos – oder fast regungslos – sitzenden Rauhfusskauz (Aegolius funereus). Den Schleier hat der Kauz „eingerollt“ sodaß die Augen deutlich kleiner erscheinen. Blätter verdecken die Eule teilweise.… Continue reading Im Reich der Eulen

Long-eared Owls in Hungary in winter

In a small side street of the sleepy town of Balmazújváros in eastern Hungary, almost in the city center next to the church, up to 10 Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) have been hiding in large trees for years. A bizarre sight that makes every photographer or birdwatcher’s heart beat faster. Long-eared Owls are not uncommon… Continue reading Long-eared Owls in Hungary in winter

Waldohreulen am Wintereinstand

In einer kleinen Seitenstraße des verschlafenen Städtchen Balmazújváros im Osten Ungarns, fast im Stadtzentrum neben der Kirche, verstecken sich schon seit Jahren bis zu 30 Waldohreulen (Asio otus) in großen Bäumen. Ein skurriler Anblick, der jedem Fotografen oder Vogelbeobachter das Herz höher schlagen lässt. Waldohreulen sind durchaus nicht selten. Allerdings sind sie außerhalb der Winterzeit… Continue reading Waldohreulen am Wintereinstand

Top Birds at Romania´s Black Sea Coast

South of the Danube Delta is a wide stretch of a sandy shoreline with shallow lagoons. This is part of Romania´s Black Sea coast. May is Migration and early breeding time. Whereas the association of the east Romanian countryside is normally with the core Danube Delta with its speciality birds like Pelicans, Black-necked and Red-necked… Continue reading Top Birds at Romania´s Black Sea Coast

Long-eared Owl chased by a Magpie

A rainy day in May at Romania´s Black Sea coast. Some good birds for a western birdwatcher like Reed, Corn and Black-headed Bunting, Great Reed-Warbler, Barred Warbler and a flying Lesser Spotted Eagle could be seen. A big surprise was what you see on the pictures: a Long-eared Owl, Asio otus, staying in a bush,… Continue reading Long-eared Owl chased by a Magpie

New Bird Images in Picture Shop

Bird Lens is proud to show some excellent images of the birds shot from a hide in Hungary in December in the gallery of the pictures shop. The hide is located in the eastern part of Hungary in a superb old oak forest. The hide has a drinking pool in front of the window of… Continue reading New Bird Images in Picture Shop