European Bee-eaters between heaven and earth

In the midday heat I am led to my hiding place. In the evening the sun is best and gives a nice backlight. It is June and the rolling hills of the Bulgarian coastal plain are covered with blooming sunflowers. A tractor is chugging in the village. Otherwise everything is quiet. I slipped into the… Continue reading European Bee-eaters between heaven and earth

Population developments in Germany for European Bee-eater

Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster): They cover thousands of kilometers between the winter quarters and the breeding area. It is summer and most migratory birds have long returned from their winter quarters. Their breeding business is in full swing. One bird species is already thinking about the return flight: Merops apiaster, the European Bee-eater. The colorful birds… Continue reading Population developments in Germany for European Bee-eater

Bee-eaters in Majete Game Reserve near Lengwe NP

The trip to the Majete Game Reserve makes me stop at a bush. A remarkable bird party can be seen here. After some minutes I can detect Fork-tailed Drongos (Dicrurus adsimilis), Livingstone’s Flycatcher (Erythrocercus livingstonei), Red-capped Robin-Chats (Cossypha natalensis), Bearded Scrub-Robins (Cercotrichas quadrivirgata) and a Holub’s Golden-Weaver (Ploceus xanthops) – with a strikingly flesh-colored beak… Continue reading Bee-eaters in Majete Game Reserve near Lengwe NP

Prey and spectrum of food of European Bee-eater

The name already reveals part of the food spectrum of the magnificent birds. Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) lead a short, eventful life in Germany. The colorful birds only arrive in our latitudes in the second half of May. Bee-eaters feed exclusively on insects, specializing in the hunting of large and medium-sized flying insects. Bees, bumblebees, beetles,… Continue reading Prey and spectrum of food of European Bee-eater

Photographing European Bee-eater: How and Where

A thin branch in the most beautiful evening light and on it a European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster). This is an image many nature photographers want to shoot. This raises the question of course of what the Bee-eater’s habits and preferences are. If you take a closer look at Bee-eater photography, you ask yourself e.g. how… Continue reading Photographing European Bee-eater: How and Where

Little Bee-eaters and a bridal gift

Watching and photographing the colorful Bee-eater is always a great experience. The (European) Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), which also occurs in Germany, is only one representative of a whole family, which has its stronghold in the tropics, especially in Africa. A common representative in Kenya is the Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus), which occurs in a large… Continue reading Little Bee-eaters and a bridal gift

Steppe habitat just outside Castilla de la Mancha

The Spanish province of Valencia was visited in summer. One reason was to relax for a week. The second argument was to get a feel for avian delights of an area of the country normally thought of in mainstream tourism terms. As a habitual visitor to the more well-known birding destination of Andalucía and Portugal,… Continue reading Steppe habitat just outside Castilla de la Mancha

Sooty falcons – killers on the islands of the Red Sea

A blast from the blue evening sky. Brown feathers in the air. The collision does take only a fracture of a second. Then the spectacle is already over and gone and a bird of prey with long, slender wings and a long tail has disappeard in the stands of low mangroves. Another migratory songbird has… Continue reading Sooty falcons – killers on the islands of the Red Sea

Fotosequenz zeigt Bienenfresser mit Fledermaus

In einem Artikel bei Birdguides.com wurde die bemerkenswerte Fotosequenz gezeigt bei der ein Bienenfresser (europ.) (Merops apiaster) in Israel offenbar eine Fledermaus erbeutet hatte und diese verzehrfertig aufbereitet. Am 26. Juni 2015 war der glückliche Fotograf, Shuki Cheled, auf Vogelbeobachtungstour mit einem niederländischen Freund. In der Nähe des Dorfes Nahala begegnete den beiden ein Bienenfresser,… Continue reading Fotosequenz zeigt Bienenfresser mit Fledermaus

European Bee-eaters in Bulgaria

I am just back from a trip to Bulgaria. The purpose was to photograph European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) during a busy young feeding period. Honestly this was one of the main target of the trip. The birds had arrived in Bulgaria for quite a while. Thus feeding of the young were almost finished. Now the… Continue reading European Bee-eaters in Bulgaria

Die Nachtigall: ein Gesangeskünstler am Ungerberg – Österreich

Eigentlich bin ich auf der Suche nach Bienenfressern (Merops apiaster)an einer Lehmwand am Neusiedler See. In der Nähe der Ortschaft Weiden am See befindet sich der Ungerberg, der sowohl eine Lehmwand aufweist, als auch dicht bewachsene Hecken, u.a. mit Robinie und Weißdorn. Ein kurzes ratternd-knarrender Laut begleitet mich, als ich die Hecken auf dem Weg… Continue reading Die Nachtigall: ein Gesangeskünstler am Ungerberg – Österreich

Fototrip nach Bulgarien: dem Bienenfresser auf der Spur

Bienenfresser (Merops apiaster) sind sicher eine der begehrtesten Fotografierobjekte bei den in Deutschland vorkommenden Vogelarten. Zwar gibt es inzwischen vermehrt Ansiedlungen auch in der Mitte Deutschlands, so in Sachsen-Anhalt oder auch in der Pfalz, vom Kaiserstuhl ganz zu schweigen, doch sind die Brutplätze zu Recht geheim um die niedrigen Bestandszahlen nicht zu gefährden. Ganz anders… Continue reading Fototrip nach Bulgarien: dem Bienenfresser auf der Spur