Distribution patterns of Black-necked Grebes

Black-necked Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) know how to use favorable conditions surprisingly spontaneously in individual years, as if “scouts” were permanently on the move, which guide other birds to new habitats and locations. One example is the spontaneous emergence of a breeding colony at the Alfsee in the Landkreis (district) Osnabrück in Lower Saxony in June… Continue reading Distribution patterns of Black-necked Grebes

A memory of a Pterosaur

An image that could have come from a book about pterosaurs due to the monochrome background of a late afternoon sky. A larger winged animal is being chased by a tern against a pinkish-gray sky. The body posture or the cutout from a body turn seems almost artistic and unusual. Although, the background of the… Continue reading A memory of a Pterosaur

Aufregung in Möwenkolonie

Schon seit einiger Zeit waren hin- und herfliegende Zwergdommeln (Ixobrychus minutus) an den Linumer Teichen nicht mehr gesichtet worden. Plötzlich gibt es Aufregung an einem der Brutflöße einer Möwenkolonie (eigentlich eine gemischte Kolonie aus Lachmöwe (Larus ridibundus) und Flußseeschwalbe (Sterna hirundo)). Einige Jungvögel hatten einen ersten Ausflug vom Brutfloß gewagt und schwammen nun im Umkreis… Continue reading Aufregung in Möwenkolonie

Rotmilane und ihre Beute

Rote Milane (Milvus milvus) und ihre Gewohnheiten sind durch ihre Beute und die Art des Beuteerwerbs bestimmt. Rote Milane sind vor allem auch Aasfresser, die auf ihren langgestreckten Flügeln im eleganten Flug die Landschaft auf der Suche nach Nahrung auf dem Boden erkunden. Sie haben nicht die Kraft oder Schnelligkeit anderer Greifvögel, wie dem Habicht… Continue reading Rotmilane und ihre Beute

Flight photography of the Red Kite

It takes no special effort to see a Red Kite (Milvus milvus) in Brandenburg. But to be successful with more than a photograph of proof takes more. It is of little interest to scan a Red Kite at a distance or high up in the sky. The straight-forward search flight can go seamlessly into a… Continue reading Flight photography of the Red Kite

Common Black-headed Gull hunted by a Peregrine in the sewage farm near Muenster

While searching for the Green-winged Teal which still can be seen on the pond E1 in the sewage farm Münster, I was also able to observe and photograph a successfully hunting Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) a young Common Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus). With binoculars I watched from the hide at the entrance to the E1… Continue reading Common Black-headed Gull hunted by a Peregrine in the sewage farm near Muenster

Wanderfalken – Angriff auf Lachmöwe in den Rieselfeldern Münster

Während der Suche nach der Carolinakrickente – oder Amerikanische Krickente – , die seit dem 16.03.14 auf dem Teich E1 in den Rieselfeldern Münster zu sehen ist, konnte ich ebenfalls die erfolgreiche Jagd eines Wanderfalken (Falco peregrinus) auf eine junge Lachmöwe (Larus ridibundus) beobachten und auch leidlich fotografieren. Mit dem Fernglas beobachtete ich von der… Continue reading Wanderfalken – Angriff auf Lachmöwe in den Rieselfeldern Münster

Heavy influx of migrating White-winged Tern in Germany

Today saw a remarkable influx of White-winged Tern, Chlidonias leucopterus, in several parts of northern Germany. Observations were recorded from the Seeburger See (lake) near Goettingen (1 indiv.), from the Wedeler Marsch near Pinneberg (13 indiv.), from the Winsener Marsch near Winsen an der Luhe (2 indiv.), from the Sulzdorfer Wiek on the islands of… Continue reading Heavy influx of migrating White-winged Tern in Germany

An early Common Gull, Larus canus on Romania´s Black Sea coast

September is fall migration time in Romania´s Black Sea coast. After having seen the spectacular mass migration of Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, in an area south of the Danube Delta with its wide stretch of a sandy shoreline with shallow lagoons we arrived at the sandy beach near the little town of Vadu. The shoreline… Continue reading An early Common Gull, Larus canus on Romania´s Black Sea coast