Songbird migration at Cildir Lake in eastern Turkey

The planted pine grove is surprisingly productive. In the car, I patrol the edge of the forest, which is now in the morning sunlight. This draws out the resting migratory birds in masses. I patiently park my car a short distance from the pines and just wait. Several (5) Spotted Flycatchers (Muscicapa striata), a Willow… Continue reading Songbird migration at Cildir Lake in eastern Turkey

Chiffchaff: successful in spite of being very young

Still a little uncertain, a chubby something wobbles out of the dense willow (Salix sp.). Surprisingly unerringly, this Phylloscopus-warbler, which has probably just fled, caught a damp moth from the early morning, hits it a few times so that the scales squirt and devours it with relish. A little later it can be seen on… Continue reading Chiffchaff: successful in spite of being very young

Junger Kuckuck am Schwarzen Meer

Eigentlich wollen wir nur ein paar Dünenabschnitte, die mit Büschen bewachsen sind, und ein paar Ponds direkt hinter dem Strand abgrasen. Die Büsche stellen sich als sehr produktiv heraus. In dem dichten Gezweig hat sich ein junger Kuckuck (Cuculus canorus) in seinem jugendlichen Federkleid ganz still mitten in Weide (Salix sp.) sitzt. Er rührt sich… Continue reading Junger Kuckuck am Schwarzen Meer

Young Nightingale in the countryside of Brandenburg

Laterally, the warm first sunlight falls on the exposed hedge. A fence post stands picturesquely in front of it. For a long time, I look out of a hide at the place illuminated with the rise of the sun. The hedgerow is still in the shade. Suddenly, there is a grey-brownish bird standing on a… Continue reading Young Nightingale in the countryside of Brandenburg

Young Warbler as an ID-challenge in southern Brandenburg in Germany

In the beginning of August I shot the image of a drab warbler near a pond in southern Brandenburg. I did not realize the bird at that moment, as the whole willow bush in a otherwise highly agricultural land was quite busy with migrating birds, e.g. Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) well. I think, I remember… Continue reading Young Warbler as an ID-challenge in southern Brandenburg in Germany

Pulli – young birds on Northern Sea Coast

Spending the yearly vacation this time in the Netherlands, it was possible to look for birds as well. Besides an observation of an adult Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) north of Callantsoog in the newly established nature reserve “The Nollen van Abbestede”,  I could see a lot of young birds – the so-called pulli – of… Continue reading Pulli – young birds on Northern Sea Coast