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Young Nightingale in the countryside of Brandenburg

NachtigallLaterally, the warm first sunlight falls on the exposed hedge. A fence post stands picturesquely in front of it. For a long time, I look out of a hide at the place illuminated with the rise of the sun. The hedgerow is still in the shade. Suddenly, there is a grey-brownish bird standing on a branch in the shadow of the hedge in the middle of the Niederer Fläming. The yellow bordered bill and an obviously not yet pronounced cheek feathering could point to a young bird. I am undecided. The bird looks slim and really striking is the chestnut brown, long tail. The creamy-white bottom is striking as well. The most common bird in this oasis in the midst of the agricultural steppe is the Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus); immediately after comes the Greater Whitethroat (Sylvia communis). But this bird belongs in another family. Quickly I think of a young Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), but I also do not want to exclude a young Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) first. But a little later I really see a small thrush exposed on a haystack. Striking is a dark beard in a white throat. In addition there is a dirty grey chest drawing. Yes, that is definitely a young Bluethroat. It looks very different from the grey-brownish bird. Slimmer and bigger. It is indeed a Common Nightingale.

First, the bird is still covered by branches and leaves. But then it sits free in the hedge. It is obviously keen to inspect the fence post. Finally, the young bird from the hedge flies to the stake, secures the Continue reading Young Nightingale in the countryside of Brandenburg

Grey Heron fighting with a Common Newt

GraureiherThe Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) flies elegantly on the wetland in the middle of the agricultural landscape of the Lower (Niederer) Fläming. Carefully the bird secures to all sides before it starts on the muddy shore with the search for food. Although at the beginning it just stands silently on the edge and obviously lets the whole scenery work on it in contemplation. For a long time, I look at the Grey Heron and its feeding site from a hide. Then I return my eyes to the lonely Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), who has been scared off by the Grey Heron and is looking for food on the opposite bank. The wader gets then society in the form of a Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) as well.

After a while, the Grey Heron apparently managed to convince himself of the lack of space. After some settling in, he walks along the shore; the other birds (the Common Snipe and the Green Sandpiper) are on the lookout. The proximity of the good 5 times as big heron is obviously suspect for them. Suddenly I hear a loud splash in the water. The Grey Heron has captured swimming a Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris).  Smooth Newt, also known as the Common Newt is a species of amphibian, the most common one in Germany. The Heron brings the Smooth Newt ashore and chews extensively on the newt. I am surprised that the Grey Heron does not swallow the Smooth Newt directly down. But the Newt probably does not taste that well. At some point the Grey Heron leaves the Smooth Newt fall on the land and returns – clearly disgusted – back Continue reading Grey Heron fighting with a Common Newt

Belziger Landschaftswiesen – wichtig nicht nur für Grosstrappen

GrosstrappeZwei nebeneinander stolzierende Trapphähne zu sehen, ist ein seltenes Schauspiel geworden. Vom einst großflächigen Verbreitungsgebiet der Großtrappe (Otis tarda) konnten deutschlandweit nur drei Brutgebiete erhalten werden. Das Gebiet der Belziger Landschaftswiesen nördlich von Bad Belzig ist eines dieser letzten Großtrappen-Einstände. Das Land Brandenburg war stets die Hochburg der Großtrappen in Deutschland. Deshalb wurde der Vogel auch der „Märkische Strauß“ genannt.  Während die Landbesitzer die Vögel gerne jagde, klagten Bauern immer wieder über Schäden auf den Feldern. Lebten 1939 in der damaligen Mark Brandenburg noch etwa 3.400 Trappen, so sanken die Bestände in den folgenden Jahrzehnten rapide. Heute kann man Großtrappen wieder in Brandenburg beobachten, wenn sie im Morgengrauen mit aufgeplusterten Gefieder balzen. Ein Muß für den Naturliebhaber und auch ein tolles Fotoprojekt. Dabei sind nicht nur die opulenten Balzrituale sondern durchaus auch Rivalenkämpfe zu beobachten.

Unter den Bedingungen der heutigen Landwirtschaft Continue reading Belziger Landschaftswiesen – wichtig nicht nur für Grosstrappen