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A rare vagrant: Pine Buntings in Germany

FichtenammerThough a Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalos) is present in the Winsener Marsch near the Lower Elbe south of Hamburg for some days now, the Pine Bunting is a real exception in Germany. No wonder, that the bird keeps the twitcher in Germany in suspense.

Several times in the last days a bright Bunting could be noticed between about 400 Yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella), 4 Corn Buntings (Emberiza calandra) and many Finches (Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs), European Greenfinches (Chloris chloris) and Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) and Eurasian Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus). The white edges on the wing feathers were striking. However, all of the bunting were very mobile and mostly far away from the observers.

The Pine Bunting is widespread in Siberia as a breeding bird in the open pine forest west to the Urals, although its range only barely extends into Europe during the breeding season. After the breeding season, the Pine Bunting generally migrates further south through Asia. In the western Palearctic, however, there are also areas where it is found quite regularly, albeit as a localized wintering bird. The bird can be seen quite regularly in northern Israel in winter. It is Continue reading A rare vagrant: Pine Buntings in Germany

Nachschlag zum Tienschan-Laubsänger aus dem Spreewald

Tienshan-LaubsängerNachdem ein Tienshan-Laubsänger (Phylloscopus humei) im nördlichen Spreewald gemeldet worden war und viele Vogelbegeisterte sich diesen Seltenheitsgast angeschaut haben, stellt sich die Frage, wo man die Art sonst noch beobachten kann, er vielleicht dort auch besser zu fotografieren ist und ob der Tienshan-Laubsänger ggf. auch woanders als Irrgast auftritt.

Birdl-lens.com konnte auf verschiedenen Reisen diese Vogelart bereits fotografieren. Damit sind natürlich deutlich bessere Resultate bzgl. der Fotoqualität drin. So konnte die Art z.B. aus einer Tien-Shan-Fichte in der Ala Archa – Schlucht – ungefähr 40 km südlich von der Hauptstadt Bishkek in Kirgisistan fotografiert werden. Auch in einem Bergwald am Tschon Ak Suu, in der Nähe des riesigen Issyk Kul – Sees in der gleichnamigen Provinz in Kirgisistan war bird-lens.com mit den Sichtungen bzw. Fotografien eines Tienshan-Laubsängers mit seinen Jungen erfolgreich. Im nebligen Morgenlicht war ein Tienshan-Laubsänger ein Jahr später am Ruili Reservoir in der Provinz Yunnan, im Westen Chinas schön zu sehen. Die vielleicht naheliegende Vermutung, daß es sich um die in West-China brütende Unterart mandellii handeln muß, ist vielleicht gar nicht richtig, da in der Provinz Yunnan auch das Überwinterungsquartier diesen kleinen Laubsängers seine nordöstlichste Verbreitungsgrenze hat. Auch im Keoladeo Ghana NP bzw. dem Bharatpur – Park in der Provinz Rajasthan in Indien konnte ein Tienshan-Laubsänger in seinem Winterquartier hoch in einem Baum mit den Flügeln schlagend gesichtet werden. Schon gar nicht mehr so weit von der Westpaläarktis entfernt konnte schließlich ein Tienshan-Laubsänger auf einer dünnen Baumspitze Continue reading Nachschlag zum Tienschan-Laubsänger aus dem Spreewald

Common Barn-owl in Sri Lanka

The buoyant, slow, wavering flight of the Common Barn-owl (Tyto alba) with its legs dangling makes the owl appear ghost-like. Sometimes it can be seen as a fast, dark shadow in the evening sky. The nocturnal birds are a special challenge for bird photographers. They can only be photographed with a lot of knowledge of the right location, some time and normally a considerable use of technology. This individual to photograph on a perch just after sunset near a lake (they call it tank) in Tissamaharama, southern Sri Lanka, was only possible due to the intense knowledge of the local guide.

The Common Barn-owl owes its name to the pronounced heart-shaped face veil. The shape and bright color of the veil make it easy to distinguish it from other owls. The owl’s silent flight is famous. Because the body plumage is very soft and the outer wing feathers are serrated the barn owl can glide silently through the night. In contrast to one or the other domestic owl species, the barn owl is Continue reading Common Barn-owl in Sri Lanka

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) on Norderney

Northern HarrierNorderney, the most densely populated island in the german Wadden Sea is with good reason called a bird paradise. Terns, Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Common Redshank (Tringa tetanus) , Brent Geese (Branta bernicla), Greylag Geese (Anser anser)and many other birds of water are to be found there, as well as the rare Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), or raptors as Kestrels, Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) and Buzzards. The birds are back from their wintering grounds in southern Europe and Africa and have reached their breeding grounds on Norderney safe.

On the meadows at the airport breed Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) defend clamoring their turf against intrusive neighbors in the Grohdeheller, Common Redshank (Tringa tetanus) flutes from their perch on the fence posts along the salt marshes in the Grohdepolder and the dunes to the east of the island host again a large breeding colony of gulls. Breeding pairs of the rare Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) live on the island, too. The Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus, also called the Hen Harrier was the main reason to arrange a trip to Norderney in early May this year. Finally the Northern Harriers have returned from their wintering areas. On a trip to China – on Happy Island – Northern Harrier could be photographed very successfully on migration  -interesting enough only females. The courtship and breeding period should now be photographed.

For shots of the beginning of courtship, it was too late. Beginning and mid of April you can observe Continue reading Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) on Norderney