The first returnees from migration: the Black Kite

The wide meadows oft he Elbe south of Wittenberg in Saxony-Anhalt is a special bird protection area. By far not as populated as the lower Rhine valley, it favors many migrating and breeding bird species. Spring is spectacular. A familiar “neigh” is in the air. The meadows are mainly characterized by the distinctive calls of… Continue reading The first returnees from migration: the Black Kite

Winter visitors: the Merlin

Progress is slow on the little-traveled pothole road. Lucky, because just 100 meters in front of me, a bird flies into an apple tree with a raptor-like flight. This is a winter habitat for the Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor), which can be seen here in the south of Brandenburg in some years for the 4… Continue reading Winter visitors: the Merlin

Young female Goshawk attacked by Kestrel in the Eifel

While observing the bird migration on the Bürvenicher Berg at the edge of the Eifel, I could see a young Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) flying elegantly low over a field. Striking were the size and the flight pattern on top, which was determined by a brown color and the rather broad, curved wings at the… Continue reading Young female Goshawk attacked by Kestrel in the Eifel

Influx of Red-footed Falcons, Falco vespertinus, in Brandenburg

The month of August already brought the first of Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) for Germany. Maybe 2020 is a good Falcon-year again. The year 2019 at least was a strong year for the occurrence of the Red-footed Falcon. The Red-footed Falcon is still regarded as a vagrant from late April to early June and from… Continue reading Influx of Red-footed Falcons, Falco vespertinus, in Brandenburg

Long-eared Owls in Hungary in winter

In a small side street of the sleepy town of Balmazújváros in eastern Hungary, almost in the city center next to the church, up to 10 Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) have been hiding in large trees for years. A bizarre sight that makes every photographer or birdwatcher’s heart beat faster. Long-eared Owls are not uncommon… Continue reading Long-eared Owls in Hungary in winter

Beutespektrum des Uhus

Federn, Reste von Kröpfungen und weiße Kotspritzer in einer Felsnische können auf ein Uhu-Vorkommen hinweisen. Die Spannbreite der Nahrungsreste gibt das weite Nahrungsspektrums des Uhus (Bubo bubo) als Opportunist wieder und so finden sich hauptsächlich Tiere als Beute, die im jeweiligen Revier häufig vorkommen, also meist Mäuse (Microtus sp. und Arvicola sp.) und Ratten (Rattus… Continue reading Beutespektrum des Uhus

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

Imperial Eagle near border of Eastern Germany

A fresh summer morning with a steel-blue sky opened the day. In front of the steel-blue sky over the Zichow forest in the Randowbruch only 10 km away from the polish border, raptors are circling up in the air. One of them is strikingly different. Red Kites (Milvus milvus) circle around him and – after… Continue reading Imperial Eagle near border of Eastern Germany

Luftkampf Wiesenweihe und Schwarzer Milan

Laut und schrill rufend nähert sich die weibliche Wiesenweihe (Circus pygargus) dem gemächlich am Himmel kreisenden Schwarzen Milan (Milvus migrans). Über der Feldflur bei Oehna /Niedergörsdorf fand ein eindrucksvoller Luftkampf zwischen einer weiblichen Wiesenweihe und einem deutlich größeren, aber ebenfalls sehr gewandten, Milan über einem Getreidefeld statt. Dabei ging sie den Milan meistens von unten… Continue reading Luftkampf Wiesenweihe und Schwarzer Milan

Identifying Eurasian dotterel on migration

A bleak agricultural prairie in a low mountain range of Germany. The gaze falls on monotonous furrows. Only on the horizon forest can be discerned. The area seems to be empty of birds. Only at some distance a Eurasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is circling in the air. Nevertheless, this kind of habitat can be of… Continue reading Identifying Eurasian dotterel on migration

Lanner Falcon for the western Palearctic

Lanner Falcon (Falco biarmicus) is a highly thought-after species for a central European birdwatcher. Lanner Falcons are the large Falcon in the Mediterranean region and in Africa. This Falcon is replaced by the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug), a raptor widely distributed in warm-temperate zones from southeast Europe (mainly Hungary) and Turkey to the Central Asiatic… Continue reading Lanner Falcon for the western Palearctic