Extremadura, a paradise for birders

The steppes and extensive dehesas of Caceres and Trujillo are famous for their steppe bird life. Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus), Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax), Great Bustard (Otis tarda), Eurasian Thick-knee (Burhinus oedicnemus), Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata), Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis), Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyana) and Calandra Lark… Continue reading Extremadura, a paradise for birders

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

Kornweihe (Circus cyaneus) im Flug

Eine wunderbare Flugaufnahme einer weiblichen Kornweihe ist mein persönliches  Foto dieser Woche. In einer auffallenden Pose zeigt das Bild alle Oberseitenmerkmale dieses tollen und nicht immer leicht aufzuspürenden Greifvogels. Allein eine solche Beobachtung hätte diesen Tag zu einem besonderen Birder-Tag gemacht. Das Bild zeigt eine weibliche Kornweihe im zeitigen Frühjahr über einem Stoppelfeld im Morgenlicht… Continue reading Kornweihe (Circus cyaneus) im Flug

Birding around Berlin: Rough-legged buzzards on wintering grounds

Breeding in the tundra zone of northern Europe, As holarctic guest bird Rough-legged Buzzards (Buteo lagopus) are encountered in Central Europe especially in the winter months. Rough-legged buzzards leave their high northern breeding areas by the end of September / early October. In increasing numbers they migrate in the central European region especially the North… Continue reading Birding around Berlin: Rough-legged buzzards on wintering grounds

Photo Project: Dancing Great Bustard in Germany

Dancing Great Bustard (Otis tarda) at dawn. That must be a great photo project. The courtship is an incredible spectacle. The male Great Bustard transforms himself into a large, white ball of feathers. To do so, he turns the brown, patterned flight feathers out so that the white underside and the white feathers of the… Continue reading Photo Project: Dancing Great Bustard in Germany

Überwinterungen von Rotmilanen

Bei einem Besuch des Havelländische Luchs konnten sehr interessante Beobachtungen von Greifvögeln, vor allem jagenden Kornweihen gemacht werden. Schon eine Weile waren mindestens 2 weibliche Kornweihen (Circus cyaneus) beim niedrigen Nahrungsflug über den Äckern und Weiden zu beobachten. Ein im schaukelnden Flug an einem Wäldchen vorbei ziehender Greif paßte aber nicht ganz in das Kornweihen-Schema.… Continue reading Überwinterungen von Rotmilanen

Joined hunting with Hen Harrier

The lowlands of the Havellaendische Luch at Buckow – 50 km west of Berlin – as an unique area of meadows and fields. Actually known as the top territory in Germany to observe Great Bustards (Otis tarda), it is a perfect winter habitats, especially for wintering raptors as well. Different species of flying predators such… Continue reading Joined hunting with Hen Harrier

Birding around Berlin: The Guelper See

Berlin might not sound like a birdwatcher’s paradise but the capital of Germany offers surprisingly good birding. Berlin is already a top tourist destination. But it is a great place to combine a city trip with a birding excursion, too. Many airlines use the Airport of Berlin, but it is possible to take a flight… Continue reading Birding around Berlin: The Guelper See

Birding around Berlin: Great Bustards in Brandenburg

Berlin, the capital of Germany is a top tourist destination. Berlin might not sound like a birdwatcher’s paradise but, Berlin offers surprisingly good birding. So the city is a great place to combine a city trip with a birding excursion. If you have spare time between two tourist attractions, if you are fed-up with the… Continue reading Birding around Berlin: Great Bustards in Brandenburg

Lake Neusiedl: Rare birds in June

The Neusiedler See and the area to the east of the lake the “Seewinkel” is an internationally important breeding, resting and wintering ground for many bird species and is home to some large populations of bird species that are rare in other parts of Europe. Especially the numerous so-called “Lacken” are characteristic of the Seewinkel.… Continue reading Lake Neusiedl: Rare birds in June

Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax) photography in Extremadura

The sun is still high in the sky, although it is almost 6:00 pm. As far as the eye can see : steppe, interrupted now and then by eroded rocks . Above the ground , the air shimmers . In the car there is indescribable heat. After last year’s winter precipitation had failed in the… Continue reading Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax) photography in Extremadura

Dupontlerche (Chersophilus duponti) im Steppengebiet von Belchite

Diese seltene Lerche hatte ich ja schon Mitte Mai 2002 in Las Almoladeras im Naturpark Cabo de Gata in südlichen Spanien gesehen. Die Dupontlerche (Chersophilus duponti) ist wahrscheinlich eine der am intensivsten gesuchten Vogelarten der Westpaläarktis. Zumindest dann, wenn man zur Vogelbeobachtung in Spanien unterwegs ist. Jetzt – 12 Jahre später wolle ich auf einem… Continue reading Dupontlerche (Chersophilus duponti) im Steppengebiet von Belchite