Hochseevögel im Herbst auf Helgoland

Gestern ist ein Dunkler Sturmtaucher gesichtet worden und in den Tagen vorher gab es einen Balearensturmtaucher zu sehen. Während der Eissturmvogel (Fulmarus glacialis) in wenigen Paaren auf Helgoland brütet, kommen Gelbschnabel-Sturmtaucher (Calonectris diomedea) bzw. Sepiasturmtaucher, Kappen-Sturmtaucher (Puffinus gravis), Dunkler Sturmtaucher (Puffinus griseus), Schwarzschnabel-Sturmtaucher (Puffinus puffinus) bzw. Atlantiksturmtaucher, Balearensturmtaucher (Puffinus mauretanicus) und Sturmschwalben (Hydrobates pelagicus) und… Continue reading Hochseevögel im Herbst auf Helgoland

Birding at Ponta do Albernaz on Flores

In the north of the island of Flores, there are two top birding locations, distanced only about 3km from each other. The one is the village Ponta Delgada to the east, a small site with less than 400 inhabitants, and the lighthouse on the edge of Ponta do Albernaz on the western edge. The lighthouse… Continue reading Birding at Ponta do Albernaz on Flores

Ausflug nach Corvo/ Azoren

Um 9:00 sind wir auf dem Parkplatz oberhalb des Walfang-Museums in Santa Cruz, der alten Fabrica da Baleia do Boqueirao. Die Fahrt startet am Porto do Boqueirao. Unten wartet schon Carlos auf uns, der – trotz Nebensaison – sogar das ganze Boot für diesen Trip voll bekommt. Ok, ein Samstag bei schönem Wetter. Bei nicht… Continue reading Ausflug nach Corvo/ Azoren

Common Moorhen at Ribeira do Ferreiro/ Fajã Grande

The general area of Fajã Grande has a great potential for Birdwatching. Die different habitats include lagoons, streams, woods, coastal areas, small pastures, agricultural fields and 1 little lake. This is a place of magnificent beauty. Take the parking spot on the road between 2 bridges and walk from the main road up to the… Continue reading Common Moorhen at Ribeira do Ferreiro/ Fajã Grande

Azores: birding in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

The Azores are well-known among ornithologists mainly for the fact that many American bird species occur, mainly in fall. Although this group of islands is part of the Western Palearctic (even Europe) on some islands, more Nearctic than Palearctic species have been found. In addition, several endemic taxa breed on the archipelago. The island group… Continue reading Azores: birding in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

Pelagic birding on the Azores

The isle group of the Azores is particularly important for seabirds, which sometimes breed in large numbers or are found here during off-shore migration. Best in summer, but also in September and October, boat trips can give an impression of the importance of the sea area around the Azores with its unique marine ecosystem. From… Continue reading Pelagic birding on the Azores

Cape pelagic Highlights: 3 Arten von Albatrosse

Ein Albatros (Thalassarche sp.) als Fotobeute. Das ist der Traum. Ein früher Morgen. Frische Seeluft, blauer Himmel und keine Wolke am Himmel. Auch der Wind der Vortage hat sich gelegt. Ideale Bedingungen für eine Fahrt vor die Südspitze der Kaphalbinsel, die ansonsten für ihre stürmische See bekannt ist. Alle Teilnehmer dieser extra übers Internet gebuchten… Continue reading Cape pelagic Highlights: 3 Arten von Albatrosse

Black-capped Petrel in the western Palearctic

A report of a Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) from the Northern Sea, maybe Heligoland, would be the Mega of the year. Even better, than the Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) which spend several weeks around the sea bird colony along the red cliffs on this sole off-shore island of Germany. In general observations of pelagic or… Continue reading Black-capped Petrel in the western Palearctic

Hoopoes on Fuerteventura

As the plane gained altitude and the rugged, steep cliffs of the Canary Island of La Palma disappeared more and more in the haze, I decided to come back. Was it the allure of warm semi-desert with cactus like their spurge, the rugged caldera in the northern part of the island, which had thrilled me… Continue reading Hoopoes on Fuerteventura

Pelagic specialities on Bird-Lens

On the western edge of the western palearctic pelagic birds are living and migrating. To see them, Bird-lens.com managed several trips already to Portugal and the Canary Islands. Now migrating seabirds with a more northern circle of migration could be observed on several pelagic trips with Joe Pender on his boat “Sapphire” off-shore the Isles… Continue reading Pelagic specialities on Bird-Lens

Pelagic Birds in the Western Palearctic

Pelagic or oceanic birds, seabirds or marine birds all describe bird which spend a significant portion of its life on the open ocean, rarely venturing to land except to breed. Their flight is often described as elegant and beautiful. This is particulary true for the Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris), as you can see on the image… Continue reading Pelagic Birds in the Western Palearctic