Female Red-backed Shrike aggressively attacks Cuckoo

The little songbird vehemently attacks the Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) on its perch. Seemingly fearless, the female of the Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) attacks. She cannot accept a parasite that endangers her brood.   At the end of May, in the first twilight, a diverse and impressive, almost deafening, concert of voices can be heard… Continue reading Female Red-backed Shrike aggressively attacks Cuckoo

Kuckuckfotografie im Revier

Schon bei meiner Ankunft auf einer Jagdkanzel in den Schwemmteichen höre ich die Rufe mindestens von 5 Kuckucken (Cuculus canorus). Viel muß man nicht tun, um ein Exemplar vor die Linse zu kriegen.  Der Trieb, ein Revier einzurichten oder zu behaupten reicht grundsätzlich vollkommen aus. Trotzdem wollte ich noch etwas nachhelfen und einen Kuckuck mit… Continue reading Kuckuckfotografie im Revier

Cuckoos landing on a perch in Brandenburg

I spot the bird in an Ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) along a drainage canal. The Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) sits high in the tree and calls, dropping its wings slightly and wagging its tail. It doesn’t keep him waiting for long. The competitors dispute his territory. A little later the next control room is flown… Continue reading Cuckoos landing on a perch in Brandenburg

Great Gray Shrike at its nest in a poplar

Sometimes you will become aware of the Northern Shrike or Great Gray Shrike (Lanius excubitor) in or especially before the breeding season through its musical talent. But that is rare. Because his song consists of short, repeated verses, which are interrupted by longer silent intervals. Normally it is introduced with “trrr” or “prrr” notes, which… Continue reading Great Gray Shrike at its nest in a poplar

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

Junger Kuckuck am Schwarzen Meer

Eigentlich wollen wir nur ein paar Dünenabschnitte, die mit Büschen bewachsen sind, und ein paar Ponds direkt hinter dem Strand abgrasen. Die Büsche stellen sich als sehr produktiv heraus. In dem dichten Gezweig hat sich ein junger Kuckuck (Cuculus canorus) in seinem jugendlichen Federkleid ganz still mitten in Weide (Salix sp.) sitzt. Er rührt sich… Continue reading Junger Kuckuck am Schwarzen Meer

Red-footed Falcons in Berlin and Brandenburg

In case of observations of Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) it is important to rule out other small falcons. The type of hovering of the Red-footed Falcon is often called useful for species identification. In a case of observation in the Lower Flaeming, 50km south of Berlin, this was very helpful. The gentle hilly landscape of… Continue reading Red-footed Falcons in Berlin and Brandenburg

Rotfussfalken im Niederen Fläming

Der frühe Morgen hatte schon einen Steinschmätzer (Oenanthe oenanthe) auf dem Zug ergeben. Die sanfte Hügellandschaft des Niederen Fläming ist stark landwirtschaftlich geprägt. Daher bilden Beregnungsanlagen und Strommasten bereits Landmarken. Ein Pumpwerk in der Nähe von Bochow wird mit Stromleitungen an das E-Netz angeschlossen. Auf den Leitungen sitzen zwei recht zierliche Vögel, die schon aus… Continue reading Rotfussfalken im Niederen Fläming

Kuckucke auf dem Frühjahrszug

Bald ist wieder die Zeit auf die häufig besungenen und beschriebenen Rufe des Kuckuck (Cuculus canorus) zu achten. 7 Satelliten markierte Kuckucke haben damit begonnen, sich den Weg in die Brutgebiete zu machen. Wissenschaftler des britischen British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) wurden mit Transmittern ausgestattet, um den Zugverlauf dieser sagenumwobenen Vögel herauszufinden. Wie in Mitteleuropa… Continue reading Kuckucke auf dem Frühjahrszug

Observations of a Great Reed-Warbler in the Rhine Valley

Based on a message in Ornitho.de in the beginning of May I when visited the Schiersteiner water works in the vicinity of Wiesbaden in the Rheingau region. This area is about 50 km west from the Frankfurt city center. A singing Reed Warbler had been seen. Maybe a nice photo opportunity. Shortyl after arrival at… Continue reading Observations of a Great Reed-Warbler in the Rhine Valley

Kuckuck, wo bist du? – Cuckoo, where are you?

Migration time for the Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus). Hopefully, at this moment, a  Cuckoo namend “Prinzregent” has reached tropical Africa already. For this endavour, the young Cuckoo has flown nearly 8,000 arduous kilometers. But where is he now. When he will return back in spring? Answers to these questions are now monitored by a project… Continue reading Kuckuck, wo bist du? – Cuckoo, where are you?

All 4 Sylvia – Warblers in Weilbacher Kiesgrube near Frankfurt

This morning all 4 species of Sylvia-Warblers which regularly occur in Germany could be seen. First the male of a Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) showed up in the first light of this chilly but sunny morning. Then a beautiful singing individual of a Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) could be seen very near to a observation tower… Continue reading All 4 Sylvia – Warblers in Weilbacher Kiesgrube near Frankfurt