Young Red-backed Shrike with wasp from apple compote

A young Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) has snatched a wasp and is holding it in its beak before eating. During the photo session, the juvenile Red-backed Shrike made no attempt to smack the prey against a branch to expel the stinger from the insect’s body, in the manner of many other insectivorous birds such as… Continue reading Young Red-backed Shrike with wasp from apple compote

Bienenfresser: Zwischen Himmel und Erde

In der Mittagshitze werde ich zu meinem Versteck geführt. Am Abend steht die Sonne am besten und gibt ein schönes Rückenlicht. Es ist Juni, die sanften Hügel an der bulgarischen Küstenebene sind mit blühenden Sonnenblumen bedeckt. Im Dorf tuckert ein Traktor. Sonst ist alles still. Ich schlüpfte in das Zelt und mache mich unter dem… Continue reading Bienenfresser: Zwischen Himmel und Erde

Wie und wo kann man Bienenfresser fotografieren

Ein dünnes Ästchen im schönsten Abendlicht und darauf ein Bienenfresser (Merops apiaster). Das ist ein Bild, das viele Naturfotografen schießen wollen. Da stellt sich natürlich die Frage, was die Gewohnheiten und Vorlieben des Bienenfressers sind. Wenn man sich intensiver mit der Bienenfresserfotografie auseinandersetzt, fragt man sich wie z.B. ein Lieblings-Ansitz aussehen muß, wie ein perfekter… Continue reading Wie und wo kann man Bienenfresser fotografieren

European Bee-eater: life in Germany

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) lead a short, eventful life in Germany. The iridescent birds only arrive in our latitudes in the second half of May, and in August they migrate back to the south. In between, they have just enough time to raise their young and prepare them for the long way to the winter… Continue reading European Bee-eater: life in Germany

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