Boreal Owl – living in harsh conditions in the high-altitude forest

The little owl seems almost curious to look down at the excited observer. He had flown up without any sound. Now the bird alternately looks down (to the photographer) and then up again – probably to identify avian enemies in good time. The yellow iris reflects the sun and sparkles. It is a Boreal Owl… Continue reading Boreal Owl – living in harsh conditions in the high-altitude forest

Kornweihe, ein Weibchen im Niederen Fläming

Im Niederen Fläming verschwindet mit dem Fortgang des Jahres die Hektik landwirtschaftlicher Produktion ein wenig. Neben der wenig befahrenen Piste befindet sich mitten in der ausgeräumten Landschaft ein Biotop, das um einen „Schlucker“ eingerichtet wurde. Der Schlucker soll bei Starkregen die Felder wieder schnell entwässern und ist die einzige Stelle in weiter Umgebung, die die… Continue reading Kornweihe, ein Weibchen im Niederen Fläming

Junges Habichtweibchen im Zuggeschehen von Turmfalke attackiert

Bei einer Beobachtung des Zuggeschehens am Bürvenicher Berg am Rand der Eifel am süd-östlichen Ende der Zülpicher Börde konnte ich einen elegant tief über einen Acker fliegenden jungen Habicht (Accipiter gentilis) sehen. Auffallend waren die Größe und das oberseitige Flugbild, das von einer braunen Farbe und dem recht breiten, am Hinterrand ausgeprägt geschwungenen Flügel bestimmt… Continue reading Junges Habichtweibchen im Zuggeschehen von Turmfalke attackiert

Red Kite in elegant low flight

A flash of red and white and with an elegant flight through the pine forest a Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is already sitting on a tree  trunk. An If you want to photograph birds close up in the cold season, a bait site is a good idea. There are tour operators who do this professionally.… Continue reading Red Kite in elegant low flight

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

Eurasian jays feeds on songbird

Since October I have had a feeding place for the birds in the garden. There are many birds of prey here on the edge of the village. where the most dangerous I think is the resident female Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus). In any case, it is clear to the rest of the birds that it… Continue reading Eurasian jays feeds on songbird

Sparrowhawk feeding on a House Sparrow

If you operate a winter bird feeder, you can easily make beautiful and interesting nature observations from the window. For this reason I also feed, and not because I expect it to have a nature conservation effect. Many of our endangered birds aren’t there in winter anyway. They are in the warm south and would… Continue reading Sparrowhawk feeding on a House Sparrow

Winter roost for Hen harriers in Brandenburg

A Northern or Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) is hovering in the early morning light in front of a forest belt. In the first morning light a female Hen Harrier had been siting on a broken Birch (Betula pubescens) in one of the many swamps in southern Brandenburg called „luch“. A luch is the northeast German… Continue reading Winter roost for Hen harriers in Brandenburg

Kornweihen am winterlichen Schlafplatz

Im ersten Morgenlicht sitzt eine weibliche Kornweihe (Circus cyaneus) auf einer abgebrochenen Moor-Birke (Betula pubescens) im ersten Morgenlicht in einem der vielen Luchs im südlichen Brandenburg. Ein Luch ist die nordostdeutsche Bezeichnung für eine ausgedehnte, vermoorte Niederung. Diese Luchs sind besonders in Brandenburg in den noch von der Eiszeit geprägten Landschaften zu finden. Die Kornweihe… Continue reading Kornweihen am winterlichen Schlafplatz

Jay at the feeding place

Usually this bird rarely comes within shooting range. When it comes to winter feeding, it can also be seen from a shorter distance: the Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius). The most colorful raven bird in our latitudes. Usually it is a cautious fellow which is only occasionally seen up close. You can hear its voice there… Continue reading Jay at the feeding place

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

Blackbird with a thick maggot in the beak

A thick, fat maggot has been washed out of the earth on the former compost heap. The male Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) had only briefly scratched the surface with its yellow beak and had already very skillfully removed a thick maggot – probably a large beetle larva – from a dark-black layer of earth. It… Continue reading Blackbird with a thick maggot in the beak