Hoopoes in the Kaiserstuhl

Almost everyone knows the Hoopoe (Upupa epops) with its unusual headdress and friendly face. But there are only a few places in Germany where you can observe it quite easily. The Kaiserstuhl in the south-western corner of Germany is one of these special places, with one of the highest population densities in Germany. But that… Continue reading Hoopoes in the Kaiserstuhl

Hoopoes – breeding in Germany

In undulating, butterfly-like flight, a bird with broad, deeply fingered wings comes flying onto an old shed. It is a hoopoe (Upupa epops) that takes a large insect, it looks like a mole cricket (Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa) to feed the young. On the second approach, the long, curved beak and the approximately 5 cm long, erectable… Continue reading Hoopoes – breeding in Germany

Vineyard – inhabitants: Wryneck & Hoopoe

A hike through the vineyards in the Kaiserstuhl in the last south-western corner of Germany. In a wavy, butterfly-like flight, a bird with broad, deeply fingered wings drawn in black and white flies towards an old shed. It is a Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) that brings a large insect to feed the young. A beautiful… Continue reading Vineyard – inhabitants: Wryneck & Hoopoe

Hoopoes on Fuerteventura

As the plane gained altitude and the rugged, steep cliffs of the Canary Island of La Palma disappeared more and more in the haze, I decided to come back. Was it the allure of warm semi-desert with cactus like their spurge, the rugged caldera in the northern part of the island, which had thrilled me… Continue reading Hoopoes on Fuerteventura

Birds of heath in Brandenburg

Brandenburg, one of the new federal states is much more influenced by continental climate than the western parts of the country like e.g. Frankfurt am Main. Moreover, this state is not very densely populated at the Polish border. A good reason to call some parts of the country a birds and birders paradise. Breeding pairs… Continue reading Birds of heath in Brandenburg