Bluethroat in willow bush

The first Bluethroats (Luscinia svecica) were recorded in northern Germany. One location seemed to be a particularly reliable location. The journey wasn’t that far either. But first I stood with a few other observers and saw: Nothing! But after just 20 minutes of waiting, a colleague murmured from the left: “There it is.” The bird… Continue reading Bluethroat in willow bush

Große Rosin: Northern Shoveler after heavy hailstorm

A hailstorm sweeps across the countryside. Just after the thunderstorm ceased a male Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) flies particularly beautifully in front of us on the watch tower. From the observation tower it can be admired in flight at eye level with its bright blue and green wings and the brown belly. Although it is… Continue reading Große Rosin: Northern Shoveler after heavy hailstorm

A rarity in Krkonoše-Mountains: the Alpine Accentor

We actually see the first Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris) at the summit of Sněžka, the highest peak in the Krkonoše, or Karkonosze – Moutains, which are also called „Giant Mountains“. As we were just leaving the plateau we see 9-12 individuals of this species calling and flying around the houses in the immediate vicinity of… Continue reading A rarity in Krkonoše-Mountains: the Alpine Accentor

In search of the Eurasian Dotterel in Krkonoše-Mountains of Poland

A small gray bird walks shyly in the heath vegetation on the edge of the talus cones. It is a bird of the Krkonoše or Giant Mountains, which otherwise has its main distribution in Northern Europe, Northern Asia and Central Asia. In Poland, the Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) nests sporadically in high mountain grasslands and… Continue reading In search of the Eurasian Dotterel in Krkonoše-Mountains of Poland

Die Alpenbraunelle im Riesengebirge

Die ersten Alpenbraunellen (Prunella collaris) sehen wir tatsächlich zuerst am Gipfel der Schneekoppe. Als wir gerade das Plateau verlassen sehen wir 9 -12 Individuen dieser Art wie sie rufend um die in nächster Nähe der dort befindlichen Häuser fliegen und dann irgendwo in der Geröllhalde niedergehen. Später sehe ich weitere Alpenbraunellen. Einige hüpfen auf dem… Continue reading Die Alpenbraunelle im Riesengebirge

Löffenten in heftigem Sommerschauer

Ein Hagelschauer geht über den Teichen von Stangenhagen nieder. Hatten viele Wat- und Wasservögel bisher noch stoisch auf oder am See gestanden, kommt jetzt Bewegung in die Vogelmassen, die sich hier im Spätsommer zur Mauser und zur ersten Rast auf dem Weg in die Winterquartiere treffen. Zuerst fliegen die Kiebitze (Vanellus vanellus) in einem dichten… Continue reading Löffenten in heftigem Sommerschauer

Akrobatische Schilfbewohner: Bartmeisen im Winter

Zuerst hört man nur die typischen Rufe. Es ist ein beständiges metallisches „ping, ping”, das auf die Anwesenheit der Bartmeisen (Panurus biarmicus) schließen läßt. Dann ist Bewegung in den hohen Schilfkolben zu erkennen. Und da kletterten die langschwänzigen Vögel auch schon die Halme empor. Sie haben auf die Samen der Schilfwedel abgesehen. Diese werden dann… Continue reading Akrobatische Schilfbewohner: Bartmeisen im Winter

Northern Shoveler in heavy hailstorm

A hailstorm falls over the ponds of Stangenhagen. While many wading and waterfowl used to stand stoically by the lake, the masses of birds that meet here in late summer to moult and rest for the first time on their way to their winter quarters are now beginning to move. First, the Northern Lapwings (Vanellus… Continue reading Northern Shoveler in heavy hailstorm

White Wagtail with nestling food

With a thick package in its beak consisting of small Diptera such as Flies (Brachycera) and Mosquitoes (Nematocera), Caddisflies (Trichoptera) and small Dragonflies (Odonata), a White Wagtail, (Motacilla alba) suddenly sits in the pollarded willow just in front of the bird observation tower. As in previous years, a pair of White Wagtails has built a… Continue reading White Wagtail with nestling food

Sykes’s Warbler wintering in Sri Lanka?

During a stay at the western coast of Sri Lanka, bird-lens.com shot images of an alleged Acrocephalus-Warbler in Briefs Garden, an ornamental garden near the west coast. Immediately I was thinking of a Blyth’s Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum) but could not really confirm ID not at least because the habitat – a garden hedge – was… Continue reading Sykes’s Warbler wintering in Sri Lanka?

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

Das Bingenheimer Ried – ein Vogelparadies

Inmitten eines einzigartigen Naturraumes in Mittelhessen liegt der Auenverbund Wetterrau. 4 Flüsse, die alle vom Vogelsberg kommen, bilden die Aue. Die breiten Bänder der Flussauen der Wetter, der Horloff, der Nidder und der Nidda bilden den Auenverbund, der sich mit dem Fluss Nidda – bei Frankfurt in den Main entwässert. Mitten drin liegt in die… Continue reading Das Bingenheimer Ried – ein Vogelparadies