European Bee-eater: life in Germany

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) lead a short, eventful life in Germany. The iridescent birds only arrive in our latitudes in the second half of May, and in August they migrate back to the south. In between, they have just enough time to raise their young and prepare them for the long way to the winter… Continue reading European Bee-eater: life in Germany

Wintering Bramblings in Apaj-Pussta/ Hungary

Icy wind drove the snow clouds in the wide valley of the Danube plain in front of it. After it had snowed for a few days, it became noticeably drier, but also significantly colder. Temperatures below -10 ° C were not uncommon. One day, one day after New Years Day 1999, I went on a… Continue reading Wintering Bramblings in Apaj-Pussta/ Hungary

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus) in Germany

In size between a Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) and a Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) and black as well. Pygmy Cormorants are increasingly a sighting in Germany.  Right now, a Pygmy Cormorant has been reported from Stotternheimer See near Erfurt. Several images show, as the Pygmy Cormorant swims, rest and starts from the water in front… Continue reading Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus) in Germany