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

Balz der Trappen in La Serena/ Estremadura

Im Osten der spanischen Provinz Badajoz findet man eine weite, trockene Landschaft, deren besonderer Reiz in dem Wechsel zwischen steppenartigen Gebieten und locker bewaldeten Flächen liegt. La Serena ist ein Steppengebiet, das für Naturfotografen ein sehr lohnendes Fotoziel mit exzellenten Aufnahmemöglichkeiten darstellt. Die überwiegend baumlose Gegend wirkt auf den ersten Blick eintönig und leer. Doch… Continue reading Balz der Trappen in La Serena/ Estremadura

Vogelparadies im Krüger Nationalpark

Vögel im Krüger Nationalpark zu fotografieren bedeutet Herausforderung und Belohnung zugleich. Eben noch hat man in komfortabler Zivilisation beim Frühstück von der Veranda einer Lodge aus zwei Fitisse (Phylloscopus trochilus) und einen Grauschnäpper (Muscicapa striata) bewundert. Ein Kaptäubchen (Oena capensis) kam mal angeflogen und trank aus einer Pfütze. Ein besonders schöner Liest, wie die Eisvogelverwandte… Continue reading Vogelparadies im Krüger Nationalpark

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

Steppengebiet La Serena/ Spanien

Weite, trockene Landschaft so weit das Auge reicht. Wer weite Steppenlandschaften liebt und das im Blog über die Steppen um Belchite beschriebene Gebiet nicht besuchen kann oder auf dem Weg nach Portugal, einen fotografischen Zwischenstopp in der Estremadura einlegen will, dem bietet sich ein kürzerer oder längerer Aufenthalt in einem der größten Steppengebiete Spaniens mit… Continue reading Steppengebiet La Serena/ Spanien

Eurasian Wryneck and other birds in Bulgaria

I am now back from a trip to Bulgaria for quite a while. As I wrote already in the Bee-eater-Blog, the main purpose was to photograph European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster). But as I mentioned in the recent blog, Bulgaria is full of wildlife which could be found relatively easy. As most of the mornings were… Continue reading Eurasian Wryneck and other birds in Bulgaria

Caspian Seashore & Volga delta in May

Bird richness on the northern shore of the Caspian Sea is amazing. Caspian Sea is counted the largest inland body of water in the world. More than 100 rivers provide inflow to the Caspian, with the Volga River being the largest. Pristine floodplain forests, flooded grasslands to the horizon, eagles on almost every tree. A… Continue reading Caspian Seashore & Volga delta in May

Hide Photography in Bulgaria in July; Images from the Dobruja

The north-eastern countryside of Bulgaria called Dobruja or in Bulgarian Dobrudzha or in romanian Dobrogea was not famous of being one of Bulgaria´s birding hot spots for bird-lens before. But a trip to the Romanian Dobrogea in may 2012 was already very productive. Thus maybe an excursion to that thinly populated area south of the… Continue reading Hide Photography in Bulgaria in July; Images from the Dobruja

European Roller Image of Tuebingen 2013 in “Der Falke 7/2013”

An image of a blog published in May 17, 2013 on www.bird-lens.com had an excellent response. The famous birder journal Der Falke 7/2013. showed interest in the image of the European (Eurasian) Roller, Coracias garrulous, which could be seen south of Wurmlingen a suburb of Rottenburg am Neckar southwest of Tuebingen on May, 13th 2013. The… Continue reading European Roller Image of Tuebingen 2013 in “Der Falke 7/2013”

Vagrant European Roller near Tuebingen in Germany

During the last week a European (Eurasian) Roller, Coracias garrulous, could be seen south of Wurmlingen a suburb of Rottenburg am Neckar southwest of Tuebingen. The bird stayed for almost one week in a flat area of meadows and agricultural fields with the name Suelcher Field (Sülcher Feld). The roller was observed the first time… Continue reading Vagrant European Roller near Tuebingen in Germany

Fall migration at the Black Sea Coast/ Romania

Spectacular numbers of Pallid Harrier, Circus macrourus, and Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, were the highlight of the first day. Having spent 3 days in May north of Constanta at Romania´s Black Sea coast, it was decided to try our luck with birds again in the area around the village of Vadu. The target was, to… Continue reading Fall migration at the Black Sea Coast/ Romania

Spring migration and birds of prey in Extremadura – April 2013

In spring 2013, there will be an ornithological study tour to the region of Extremadura, southwesternSpain. It includes the provinces ofBadajozand Cáceres east of the border withPortugal, and is not only famous for the best-preserved medieval monuments inSpainbut among nature lovers for its unique combination of oak woodlands, grasslands, agricultural landscapes, lakes and rocky regions.… Continue reading Spring migration and birds of prey in Extremadura – April 2013