Eichelhäher im handfesten Streit im Winter

Eine ausdrucksstarke, dynamische Szene der sich im Flug vehement streitenden Eichelhäher (Garrulus glandarius) ist kein Kinderspiel. Die beiden Streithähne sind großartig mit offenen Flügeln und den schönen Farben vor der offensichtlich winterlichen Kulisse in Szene gesetzt. Ein echter Tanz der Häher. Ein wunderbar dynamisches und lebendiges Bild! Die technische Umsetzung heißt in erster Linie beide… Continue reading Eichelhäher im handfesten Streit im Winter

AZERBAIJAN – a birding trip in late migration time

INTRODUCTION The goal was to use 4 days off and a public holiday to go on another birding trip to a distant country after the corona pandemic had ended. This was also a reconnaissance trip to investigate birding destinations in western Asia. We didn’t want to linger long with stopovers at any airport. So the… Continue reading AZERBAIJAN – a birding trip in late migration time

Kurzfangsperber: Zug und Vorkommen in der Nord-Ost Türkei

Im Kaukasus kommt der Kurzfangsperber bis auf 1.000 m NNvor; ausnahmsweise wurde er bis in 2.000 m Höhe in Armenien beobachtet. Das ist die lapidare Aussage im Handbook of the Birds of the World – Volume 2 im Band „New World Vultures to Guineafowl“ von Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal, die auch im… Continue reading Kurzfangsperber: Zug und Vorkommen in der Nord-Ost Türkei

Juvenile Goshawk in Anatolian sky

An Accipiter hawk does fly low over the nicely constructed road south of Erzurum. I jump out of the car and keep on shooting with my Canon EF 400mm 1:4 DO IS II USM on a Canon EOS R 5. At home, I sort out the images. When viewing in Lightroom, my first thought is:… Continue reading Juvenile Goshawk in Anatolian sky

Young Levant Sparrowhawk in eastern Anatolia

On a ledge just above the road south of Erzurum sits a dark-looking raptor with heavily striped underside. The iris is dark. Very beautiful. Is that the bird, I had seen circling and identified as a Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) earlier? The sitting posture is more a reminiscent of a powerful falcon. No, that’s a… Continue reading Young Levant Sparrowhawk in eastern Anatolia

Northern Goshawk dripping wet in the rain

The rain is long awaited in southern Brandenburg, roughly 40 kilometers south of Berlin. The weeks before it had rained only sporadically. In the evening it was said that more than 10 liters / square meter had dropped. After strong thunderstorms with heavy heavy rain, the weather situation only calmed down slightly at night. There… Continue reading Northern Goshawk dripping wet in the rain

An unusual tenant in raptor nest: Greylag Goose

A head looks cheeky from a huge nest 8 meters high in a European Larch (Larix decidua) in a sparsely leafy, mixed forest. The orange-pink beak is conspicuous and, in connection with the gray-brown head, only allows one breeding species to be itentified: a Greylag Goose (Anser anser). The bird sits crouched on the nest… Continue reading An unusual tenant in raptor nest: Greylag Goose

Boreal Owl – living in harsh conditions in the high-altitude forest

The little owl seems almost curious to look down at the excited observer. He had flown up without any sound. Now the bird alternately looks down (to the photographer) and then up again – probably to identify avian enemies in good time. The yellow iris reflects the sun and sparkles. It is a Boreal Owl… Continue reading Boreal Owl – living in harsh conditions in the high-altitude forest

Junges Habichtweibchen im Zuggeschehen von Turmfalke attackiert

Bei einer Beobachtung des Zuggeschehens am Bürvenicher Berg am Rand der Eifel am süd-östlichen Ende der Zülpicher Börde konnte ich einen elegant tief über einen Acker fliegenden jungen Habicht (Accipiter gentilis) sehen. Auffallend waren die Größe und das oberseitige Flugbild, das von einer braunen Farbe und dem recht breiten, am Hinterrand ausgeprägt geschwungenen Flügel bestimmt… Continue reading Junges Habichtweibchen im Zuggeschehen von Turmfalke attackiert

Bird migration on the edge of the Eifel

Beginning of October is the best time to observe migratory birds near a hill called Tötschberg or Toetschberg in the Eifel. It was still twilight when I arrived at the Bürvenicher Berg which is opposite to the Tötschberg, located at about 246m above sea level. In front of me the expanse of the Zülpicher Börde,… Continue reading Bird migration on the edge of the Eifel

Female Northern Goshawk in powerful flight approaching

High, shrill, loud calls resound through the morning pine forest in the east of the North German Plain. Suddenly a grey bird with a white underside can be seen elegantly flying between the pine trees, some of which are standing close together. It is the female of the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) flying in through… Continue reading Female Northern Goshawk in powerful flight approaching

Northern Goshawks at the nest

It is said that the best thing about finding the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) is to listen to the calls of the offspring. However, none of this was heard during my last visit to a nest with 3 young Northern Goshawks. Nonetheless, the recent inspection was successful. After doing some searching on a spring morning,… Continue reading Northern Goshawks at the nest