Small Pratincole at Yala NP beach/ Sri Lankas

Tiny grains of sand whirl up. The wind on the southern coast of Sri Lanka is very decent again. There is sand and salt in the air. The combination of wind, sand drifts and blazing sun does not allow many visitors to enjoy the beautiful beach just 100 meters from the hotel in the dunes.… Continue reading Small Pratincole at Yala NP beach/ Sri Lankas

Sandbrachschwalbe im Süden Sri Lankas

Winzige Sandkörner wirbeln hoch. An der Südküste Sri Lankas windet es schon wieder sehr anständig. Sand und Salz liegt in der Luft. Die Kombination aus Wind, Sandverwehungen und praller Sonne läßt nicht viele Besucher den schönen Strand nur 100 Meter vom Hotel in den Dünen entfernt, genießen. Zuerst geht es an ein paar glattgeschliffenen Felsen… Continue reading Sandbrachschwalbe im Süden Sri Lankas

Pelagischer Trip in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten

Kurz nach 14:00 Uhr geht es  mit dem Boot los. Der Fahrer ist ein einheimischer Skipper, der sonst wohl Sportfischer mit raus nimmt. Man merkt und sieht, daß Treibstoff bzw. dessen Kosten keine Rolle spielt. Die beiden dicken Yamaha-Motoren haben zusammen 600 PS (wenn ich die Aufschrift richtig lese). Direkt im Hafen sehen wir schon… Continue reading Pelagischer Trip in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten

Shalatayn – birding in the south-east corner of the WP

The main target of the trip was the Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotus). This uncommon resident breeder of the south-east corner of Egypt can be found sporadically from Gebel Elba down to the Somali border. The best place to see the species is at Bir Shalatayn. Here a dozen of these vultures can be seen feeding… Continue reading Shalatayn – birding in the south-east corner of the WP

Spoon-billed Sandpipers and other waders in Thailand on wintering grounds

The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is one of the big megas in the birding space – not only for twitchers, but Thailand in general is an excellent birding destination. During a trip to Thailand in January 2011 I was looking for wintering birds from the palearctic. The whole trip was a great success, seeing especially many waders… Continue reading Spoon-billed Sandpipers and other waders in Thailand on wintering grounds

Bird migration in late fall on Seychelles – an abstract

Escaping the cold and shorts days in Germany in late fall is a real privilege. This time the target was the Seychelles Islands. Relaxing and birdwatching is both possible on these famous island near the equator. Whereas the bigger islands as Mahé or Praslin are famous for its endemic (and rare) land birds the smaller… Continue reading Bird migration in late fall on Seychelles – an abstract

Cranes on Happy Island, Chinas´s Helgoland, Part I

China’s Helgoland? Is there such a thing? Well, it depends on what you consider to be the specific characteristic of the “Shijiu Tuo Island” or “Bodhi Island” (in English simply “Happy Island”) mentioned island. Shijiu Tuo Island or simple Happy Island, about 3 hours drive from the seaside resort of Beidaihe located on the Yellow… Continue reading Cranes on Happy Island, Chinas´s Helgoland, Part I