Pochard: a bird population in decline

The fate of the Common Pochard is discussed intensively in the relevant forums. Scientific research suggests that the sex ratio of the populations of Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), a medium-sized diving duck, in Europe and North Africa has changed. This could play a role in the decline of the species in the Western Palearctic. Sex… Continue reading Pochard: a bird population in decline

Tafelente: ein Vogel im Sinkflug

Das Schicksal der Tafelente (Aythya ferina) wird intensiv in den einschlägigen Foren diskutiert. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen legen nahe, dass sich das Geschlechterverhältnis der Tafelentenpopulationen in Europa und Nordafrika verändert hat. Dies könnte eine Rolle beim Rückgang der Art in der westlichen Paläarktis spielen. Diese Ergebnisse, die gerade im Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) Journal Wildfowl veröffentlicht… Continue reading Tafelente: ein Vogel im Sinkflug

Graugänse ziehen über den Blankensee

Spätherbst ist die Zeit der Gänse in der Nieplitzniederung. Diese weite, teils intensiv landwirtschaftlich geprägte, Landschaft ist dann Heimat nicht nur nordischer Entenvögel sondern auch der Graugänse (Anser anser). Nasskaltes Wetter mit einem wolkenverhangenen Himmel darf einen Vogelbeobachter aber nicht abhalten, den rastenden und fliegenden Trupps einen Besuch abzustatten. Vielleicht findet man ja gerade bei… Continue reading Graugänse ziehen über den Blankensee

Harter Winter – gute Vogelaufnahmen

Je härter der Winter, desto schwieriger ist die Futtersuche. An der Ostseeküste gilt das für die Vogelwelt besonders dann, wenn auf dem Blankensee, an den Havelseen oder gar der Ostsee das Wasser zufriert und offene Stellen selten werden. Dann überwinden die Vögel ihre natürliche Scheu und versuchen, in den Häfen auf Beutefang zu gehen. Für… Continue reading Harter Winter – gute Vogelaufnahmen

Moorhen chases Snipe at Rieselfelder Munster

Migration season starts in Germany right now. One of the best places to see especially the early fall migrants – the waders – is the old sewage farm in the north of Muenster, called Rieselfelder Munster. Early morning, 6:30 am. Still dawn. Haze over the water and I am watching through a well located hide… Continue reading Moorhen chases Snipe at Rieselfelder Munster

Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) near Muenster/ North Rhine-Westphalia

After a message on Ornitho.de I decided to visit the sewage farms in the north of Muenster. A Green-winged Teal, a close relative of our European Teal (Anas carolinensis) was said to stay for a few days already in Muenster. The duck was in the area of an old abandoned sewage farm. The species has… Continue reading Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) near Muenster/ North Rhine-Westphalia

Keoladeo National Park, a paradise also for Western Palearctic birds

Is it possible to combine business and birding in India? The country is large, the distance too and most business is performed in a metropolitan area – New Delhi. Although supposedly in the area of New Delhi only 250,000 people live after the Indian census of 2011, but there are at least several million in… Continue reading Keoladeo National Park, a paradise also for Western Palearctic birds

Birding in the city of Bucharest – Vacaresti wetland

In the South-Western corner of the capital of Romania, near and alongside the Dâmboviţa River, one of the nature jewels of Bucharest can be found. Park the car on the sidewalk and quickly you can see the first Whiskered Tern already, which fly croaking from the river and disappear behind you. Often the bird is… Continue reading Birding in the city of Bucharest – Vacaresti wetland

Ferruginous Duck near Frankfurt – Germany

Now that winter has proceeded quite well some good birds show up on “stupid” spots like recreation areas and parks. In a series of blogs Bird-lens has already described some excellent spots like the Langener Waldseen to observe birds, but this spot came to my awareness the first time. This was due to the fact… Continue reading Ferruginous Duck near Frankfurt – Germany

Birding around Frankfurt Airport: Langener Waldseen

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is the gateway to continental Europe. Many airlines use the airport as a hub for connecting flights all over the world. If you have spare time between two flight and you are a birdwatcher, you might be interested to know, where you can find good sites to stretch your legs, enjoy fresh… Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport: Langener Waldseen