Gliding in the morning light: a Black-shouldered Kite

A great image of an adult Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) on the approach, which was photographed near the coast in the Central Region of Ghana, should be mentioned today. Taken in the perfect light of the early African morning, the red eye of the adult particularly stands out. This is a beautiful picture, perfectly composed… Continue reading Gliding in the morning light: a Black-shouldered Kite

Beautiful Sunbird on a flower in Ghana

A male Beautiful Sunbird (Cinnyris pulchellus) balances busily and without misstep on a bare stem of a Aloe, which lead to some, small yellowish flowers with red borders. There, the photographer has a chance to shoot the bird, which is aptly called its English name. The male of the Beautiful Sunbird places the rather long,… Continue reading Beautiful Sunbird on a flower in Ghana

Forbes’s Plover in Mole National Park

It is incredibly hot. If you would leave the air-conditioned bus, you will be attacked by extremely annoying bees. But: we are looking for the Forbes’s Plover (Charadrius forbesi). The Forbes’s Plover has to be found now. We drive to a flat area in the middle of the dry savannah of northern Ghana, which is… Continue reading Forbes’s Plover in Mole National Park

Schillereisvogel vor Beutestoss im Mole NP

Ein blaues Zucken im Schatten eines überhängenden Busches direkt am Wasser. Das ist das erste, was wir wahrnehmen. Der im englischen Shining Blue Kingfisher genannte Schillereisvogel (Alcedo quadribrachys) hat sich eine Warte direkt am Wegesrand auf einem überhängenden Ast, ca. 1m – also in Augenhöhe – über dem Wasser vor uns eingerichtet. Still sitzt der… Continue reading Schillereisvogel vor Beutestoss im Mole NP

Standard-winged Nightjar in Guinea savanna woodlands in Mole NP

As dusk falls, the purring cries of the African Scops Owl (Otus senegalensis) sound softly from the savannah. Darkness breaks in. We want to end the day with one of the most incredible birds of the savannah. A male Standard-winged Nightjar (Caprimulgus longipennis) in full display dress is supposed to make his courtship flights over… Continue reading Standard-winged Nightjar in Guinea savanna woodlands in Mole NP

Schweifkuckuck im Ankasa Nationalpark

Trotz der Hitze hat sich die Morgenexkursion auf dem schmalen Trail schon gelohnt. Der Hit ist dann aber, daß ein Schweifkuckuck (Cercococcyx mechowi) auf uns wartet als wir den Wald verlassen. Er sitzt ganz frei auf einem Ast am Rand der Dschungelpiste. Als wir alle aus dem dichten Wald herausgetreten sind, fliegt er natürlich auf.… Continue reading Schweifkuckuck im Ankasa Nationalpark

Photographing Shining Blue Kingfisher at perch in Ghana

A blue twitch in the shadow of an overhanging bush directly near the path along the water. A Shining Blue Kingfisher (Alcedo quadribrachys) has established a perch just on a quite busy trail on an overhanging branch. The Shining Blue Kingfisher sits just 1m above water level – ie at eye level for us. A… Continue reading Photographing Shining Blue Kingfisher at perch in Ghana