White-throated Dippers in the valleys of the Vosges

A black bird with partially white belly rushes in a low flight along between huge boulders over the fast-flowing stream. For sure, this is a White-throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus). Often you see them with nesting material in the beak. These are the classic photos that you see of dippers. They fly preferably to and from… Continue reading White-throated Dippers in the valleys of the Vosges

Steinschmätzer am Hohneck

Der kratzende Laut ist unüberhörbar. Nicht auf Anhieb würde der geneigte Naturfreund dies als Gesang betrachten. Doch genau das ist es. Damit soll das Revier verteidigt und ein Partner interessiert werden. Obwohl der Steinschmätzer (Oenanthe oenanthe) sich nicht scheut, sich offen zu präsentieren, ist es gar nicht so leicht den kleinen, schwarz-weißen gefärbten Vogel auf… Continue reading Steinschmätzer am Hohneck

Lammergeier at Mount Olymp/ Macedonia

The rush of wind through feathers is the only sound to break the silence as a huge bird glided by just a few meters from a crack high in the mountains around Mount Olymp. A Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) soars above the mountains, scavenging for a meal. It is the only species of… Continue reading Lammergeier at Mount Olymp/ Macedonia

Ptarmigan in Tyrol

A rattling, gibbering call is thrown back from the high rocky walls in echoes. After 1 minute, the call is repeated. Carefully, I try to approach the noise source. Unexpectedly, a Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) appears between the boulders. After only two shots, the Ptarmigan is already disappeared. In the middle of the mighty mountain… Continue reading Ptarmigan in Tyrol

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

Caspian Seashore & Volga delta in May

Bird richness on the northern shore of the Caspian Sea is amazing. Caspian Sea is counted the largest inland body of water in the world. More than 100 rivers provide inflow to the Caspian, with the Volga River being the largest. Pristine floodplain forests, flooded grasslands to the horizon, eagles on almost every tree. A… Continue reading Caspian Seashore & Volga delta in May

Wolgadelta im Mai – Erfahrungen von Zug- und Brutvögeln

Weite ursprüngliche Auenwälder, überschwemmte Wiesen bis zum Horizont, Seeadler auf jedem Baum. Wo gibt es das – noch dazu in Europa? Dazu fährt man entweder ins Donaudelta oder noch viel weiter. Eine Gruppenreise führte in der ersten Hälfte des Monats Mai 1998 ins Wolgadelta südlich von Astrachan im südlichen Russland. Danach wurden die Hügel-Seen-Region und… Continue reading Wolgadelta im Mai – Erfahrungen von Zug- und Brutvögeln