Vineyard – inhabitants: Wryneck & Hoopoe

A hike through the vineyards in the Kaiserstuhl in the last south-western corner of Germany. In a wavy, butterfly-like flight, a bird with broad, deeply fingered wings drawn in black and white flies towards an old shed. It is a Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) that brings a large insect to feed the young. A beautiful… Continue reading Vineyard – inhabitants: Wryneck & Hoopoe

Kleinspecht beim Füttern an Bruthöhle

Im minütlichen Abstand kommen nun, Ende Mai, die Eltern des Kleinspechts (Dendrocopos minor) an einer abgestorbenen, gar nicht so dicken Erle (Alnus sp.). Hier befinden sich bereits mehrere Spechtlöcher, doch die Kleinspechte haben extra eine neue Bruthöhle in die Erle gemeißelt. Nun hört man die Jungen ganz leise rhythmisch rufen. Bei weitem nicht so laut… Continue reading Kleinspecht beim Füttern an Bruthöhle

Song Thrush during nest building

The Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) is a secret species. After a cold winter, the birds distinctive rather melancholy singing can be heard at some point. At first cautious, its songs and calls sounds a little later high from the treetops of many forests. This is also the case in the pine forests of Brandenburg. In… Continue reading Song Thrush during nest building

Grünspecht trinkt aus Astloch

Mit seinem markanten Lachen läßt der Grünspecht (Picus viridis) den Vogelbeobachter im zeitigen Frühjahr nicht im Unklaren über seine Anwesenheit. Das sich beschleunigende „Klew-Klew-Klew-Klew-Klew-Klew“ in, zum Ende hin, abnehmender Lautstärke ist in der Paarungs- und Brutzeit häufig zu hören. Zu sehen ist der Grünspecht dagegen noch lange nicht so häufig. So heimlich wie die Singdrossel… Continue reading Grünspecht trinkt aus Astloch

Vogelfütterung – Eigenbau

In jedem Winter – besonders bei Schneelage – wird der Wunsch wach, sich an einer Vogelfutterstelle mit der Fotografie der heimischen Vögel zu beschäftigen. Frei nach dem Motto „… das müßte doch toll aussehen, wenn der schwarze Amselmann im Schneegestöber – auf einem Baumstamm landet und ….“. In der Zwischenzeit habe ich einige Vorrichtungen geschaffen.… Continue reading Vogelfütterung – Eigenbau

Photographing flying birds with slow shutter speed

A flying Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) low over the Blankensee in Brandenburg only 20 km south of Berlin. It was a gray day and the foggy clouds did not allow really short exposure times with acceptable ISO ​​despite the Canon EF 400mm f / 2.8L IS II USM camera lens. A few duck birds flying… Continue reading Photographing flying birds with slow shutter speed

Naturparadies in Schwemmteichen

Ende Mai ertönt im ersten Dämmerungslicht ein vielfältiges und beeindruckendes, ja geradezu ohrenbetäubendes, Stimmenkonzert aus den weiten Absetzbecken der Schwemmteiche bei Golßen im südlichen Brandenburg. Die Schwemmteiche dampfen, die Morgendämmerung wechselt minütlich einen anderen Lichtschein in den Himmel. Ein echter Traum. Ein Morgen wie aus dem Bilderbuch. Aber dieses Naturparadies ist aus Menschenhand gemacht und… Continue reading Naturparadies in Schwemmteichen

Black Stork: a rare but regular migrant in Germany

On a beautiful late summer day in late August, I was busy most of the day moving my winter hide to another place to rebuild it. We therefore had little time to take pictures. A little exhausted, we made our way home in the evening when we discovered a Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) a few… Continue reading Black Stork: a rare but regular migrant in Germany

Eurasian Nightjar in Brandenburg landscape

The sun has set already. The location which was so productive only some years ago is very quite. 3 Common Cuckoos (Cuculus canorus) attracted by the high-pitched call of the male chase each other over the heath, which is overgrown more an more. I am disappointed when I leave the site at around 9:30 p.m.… Continue reading Eurasian Nightjar in Brandenburg landscape

Eared Grebe with a chick in Brandenburg

Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) with chicks are rarely seen, let alone observed in detail and photographed. While Little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) or Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus) too, can be found everywhere, at least in Europe, and at least one of the two species can be admired in fairly calm waters, Eared Grebes are much… Continue reading Eared Grebe with a chick in Brandenburg

After nesting: Young Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are out of the nest

The day before yesterday the young woodpeckers were fed at the brood tube. From time to time, young Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers (Dendrocopos minor) stuck their heads out of the hole of a dead, not so thick Alder tree (Alnus sp.). Yesterday the feeding activity in the breeding cave has been stopped. The breeding hole appeared… Continue reading After nesting: Young Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are out of the nest

Feeding at a breeding cave: a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker family

While the male of the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) usually approached the breeding cave in a lean Alder tree (Alnus sp.) approx. 10 cm below the lower edge and then took action a little later, i.e. to hatch, the female more often first flew first to a dry branch above the cave and then… Continue reading Feeding at a breeding cave: a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker family