Common Cranes over Brandenburg

Migration of the Common Crane (Grus grus) has started. Thousands of these birds, also known as “birds of luck”, can currently be observed in Brandenburg on their way to the southern wintering sites under distinctive and loud trumpet calls. The unforgettable nature experience is offered in September and October every year. With their legendary trumpet… Continue reading Common Cranes over Brandenburg

Young female Goshawk attacked by Kestrel in the Eifel

While observing the bird migration on the Bürvenicher Berg at the edge of the Eifel, I could see a young Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) flying elegantly low over a field. Striking were the size and the flight pattern on top, which was determined by a brown color and the rather broad, curved wings at the… Continue reading Young female Goshawk attacked by Kestrel in the Eifel

Waldwasserläufer (Tringa ochropus) im Spreewald

Der Waldwasserläufer befindet sich in Deutschland am Rand des süd-westlichen Verbreitungsgebiets. Bekannt ist sein Brutvorkommen in der Uckermark. Ich wollte aber auch mal Meldungen von Waldwasserläufern in der Brutzeit deutlich weiter südlich, nämlich im Spreewald, nachgehen. Ausgesucht wurde eine abwechslungsreiche leicht hügelige Kiefernlandschaft am Ostrand des Spreewalds, die abgelegen und daher relativ ungestört ist. Am… Continue reading Waldwasserläufer (Tringa ochropus) im Spreewald

Sperber – Männchen im Portrait

Ein wunderbares Portrait eines Sperber (Accipiter nisus), der frontal auf einem morschen Ast leicht aufgeplustert sitzt, ist mein persönliches  Foto dieser Woche. Das reizende Portrait dieses schlanken männlichen Sperbers hat sogar einen leicht komischen Einschlag. Der Sperber scheint vor sich hin zu dösen; von dem aggressive-furiosen Gesichtsausdrucken anderer Fotos ist diese Aufnahme weit entfernt. Anders… Continue reading Sperber – Männchen im Portrait

Alpine birds in the Haut Chaumes / Vosges

The mountain meadows in the Vosges are very attractive in summer time. Beside birds of the alpine zone one sees some interesting plants like Yellow Gentian (Gentiana lutea), Mountain arnica (Arnica montana), Alpine Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla alpina), Mountain Pansy (Viola lutea). Northern Wheatears (Oenanthe oenanthe), Meadow Pipits (Anthus pratensis) and Skylarks (Alauda arvensis) are certainly the… Continue reading Alpine birds in the Haut Chaumes / Vosges

Bird migration at the Stockert in the Eifel hills

A beautiful autumn day. Indian Summer, as written in the books. This time it is to go to the Eifel to hill Stockert south of Euskirchen where bird migration at day can be observed. It was still dark when I arrived. The first bird whispers were heard already . It was mainly chickadees whose calls… Continue reading Bird migration at the Stockert in the Eifel hills

Heavy migration of Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) through the Taunus/ Germany

During a short trip with sunny weather and quite clear sky but a cold wind in the morning of March 26th through the upper Taunus near Bad Soden I experienced many migrating birds among them approx. 50 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) and more than a 100 Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs).  Remarkable in the sighting of the… Continue reading Heavy migration of Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) through the Taunus/ Germany

Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Schwanheimer Duene

There are not too many foreign birdwatchers coming to the middle of Germany for just birding. But Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is the gateway to continental Europe. Many airlines use the Airport as a hub for connecting flights all over the world. If you have spare time between two flight and you are a birdwatcher, you… Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport – Schwanheimer Duene

Birding around Frankfurt Airport: Langener Waldseen

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is the gateway to continental Europe. Many airlines use the airport as a hub for connecting flights all over the world. If you have spare time between two flight and you are a birdwatcher, you might be interested to know, where you can find good sites to stretch your legs, enjoy fresh… Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport: Langener Waldseen

Looking for larks in Morocco, PART II

…. A pre-adult Thick-billed Lark (Ramphocoris clotbey) was the next mornings highlight. After spending the night not too far away from the town of Boumalne, I started the day already at dawn. Behind the village, the road winds back to a plateau. Because I missed the turnoff, I drove on and finally stopped in an… Continue reading Looking for larks in Morocco, PART II

New Bird Images in Picture Shop

Bird Lens is proud to show some excellent images of the birds shot from a hide in Hungary in December in the gallery of the pictures shop. The hide is located in the eastern part of Hungary in a superb old oak forest. The hide has a drinking pool in front of the window of… Continue reading New Bird Images in Picture Shop