Great Bittern back on stage in Great Britain

Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) has experienced its most successful year for breeding in Great Britain in 2016. At least, an annual national survey carried out by RSPB mentioned this. This is pointed out in an article in birdguides about the breeding success in the UK. This breeding success is welcome news for these bulky brown-streaked… Continue reading Great Bittern back on stage in Great Britain

Waders at Lake Neusiedl

Most people thinking about Austria have immediately snow, mountains and hiking in mind. A very different, but extremely interesting picture, is offered for the birder in Burgenland, in the area around the lake Neusiedl. The question is, however, is a bird paradise at the same time also a photographer´s paradise? The landscape in the easternmost… Continue reading Waders at Lake Neusiedl

Great Bittern at Colfiorito in Umbria

In early January, the weather forecast announced a Siberian high above the Mediterranean and the Italian west coast. After a few mild winters, the upcoming cold now seemed to reverse the trend of recent years. In fact, temperatures dropped on the Italian peninsula, especially in northern Italy and in the center of the southern Apennines… Continue reading Great Bittern at Colfiorito in Umbria

Vogelfotografie in Eis und Schnee

Auf dem niederen Fläming überwintert seit Jahren der Raubwürger (Lanius excubitor). Mein Ziel war es, diesen scheuen Vogel vor die Linse zu bekommen. Ab Anfang Oktober suchte er wieder sein Winterquartier auf. Es war nicht schwer, seine Lieblingswarte, einen Heckenrosenbusch, auszumachen. In etwa 10 Meter Entfernung stand ein Anhänger mit einer Jagdhütte darauf. Dieser sollte… Continue reading Vogelfotografie in Eis und Schnee

Die Zwergdommel: Jäger im verborgenen Schilf

Die Zwergdommel (Ixobrychus minutus) zählt in Deutschland zu den seltensten Brutvögeln. Der Blankensee in der Nähe von Trebbin ca. 40 km südlich von Berlin ist eine der wenigen Gegenden Brandenburgs in denen Bruten – wenn auch nicht jedes Jahr – vermutet werden. Zwergdommeln waren in den Jahren 2014 und 2015 von Mai bis Anfang September… Continue reading Die Zwergdommel: Jäger im verborgenen Schilf

Stockente als erfolgreicher Fischjäger

Der morgendliche Ausflug zum Blankensee verschaffte dem Frühaufsteher nicht nur eine wunderschöne Wasserlandschaft an einem eindrucksvollen Wintermorgen mit Minustemperaturen und Nebel sondern auch wieder bemerkenswerte Vogelbeobachtungen. Neben den allgegenwärtigen Graureihern (Ardea cinerea) und Silberreihern (Ardea alba) waren auch mindestens 3 Rohrdommel (Botaurus stellaris) im ersten Dämmerungslicht zu sehen. Die Entenvögel waren mit Stockente (Anas platyrhynchos),… Continue reading Stockente als erfolgreicher Fischjäger

Lake Tegel as a winter birding destination in Berlin

During migration and in winter waterfowl rest in good numbers on the Tegeler See (a lake just north of Tegel airport). A visit in late January performed with damp and cold conditions at temperatures around 0 degree Celsius. The shore is lined of a crumbling ice. No welcoming weather. No snow nor sunshine will improve… Continue reading Lake Tegel as a winter birding destination in Berlin

Great Bittern in Schiersteiner water works near Wiesbaden

3 individuals of the Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) – which are named Eurasian Bittern, too – can be seen now already for several days. The Bitterns obviously winter on the waterworks in the Schiersteiner pond area near Wiesbaden. At least three specimens could be seen on a beautiful, mild winterday on the January 17, 2014… Continue reading Great Bittern in Schiersteiner water works near Wiesbaden

More Bird Images in Picture Shop

Having checked the output of trips to the Emirates, Oman, Romania & Poland, Bird Lens is proud to show more excellent images of birds shot in these countries at excellent destinations in the gallery of the pictures shop. There were some excellent opportunities to photograph on several occasions in the desert, in the mountains and… Continue reading More Bird Images in Picture Shop

Top Birds at Romania´s Black Sea Coast

South of the Danube Delta is a wide stretch of a sandy shoreline with shallow lagoons. This is part of Romania´s Black Sea coast. May is Migration and early breeding time. Whereas the association of the east Romanian countryside is normally with the core Danube Delta with its speciality birds like Pelicans, Black-necked and Red-necked… Continue reading Top Birds at Romania´s Black Sea Coast