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

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

Letzte Tage junger Habichte am Nest

Der Wald ist still  geworden. Ab und zu ruft ein Eichelhäher (Garrulus glandarius) oder eine junge Amsel (Turdus merula) mit ihrem hohen Pfiepen aus dem Übergangsbereich zwischen Kiefernfort und Erlenbruch. Das Nest des Habichts (Accipiter gentilis) zeigt sich aber verwaist. Noch vor wenigen Tagen zeigten sich die 3 Jungen nicht nur am frühen Morgen sehr… Continue reading Letzte Tage junger Habichte am Nest

Junger Habicht mit Gelbem Knopf

Bei meinen Aufnahmen von den jungen Habichten (Accipiter gentilis) mitten im Kiefernwald kann ich inzwischen alle Geschwister beobachten. Einer der jungen Habichte macht nun schon seit ein paar Tagen seine ersten Ausflüge. Sie führen ihn immer weiter weg. Die beiden anderen Geschwister weisen nun auch das braun-graue Federkleid mit den markanten schwarzen Strichen auf Brust… Continue reading Junger Habicht mit Gelbem Knopf

Junge Habichte im Regen

Heute Nachmittag geht ein starkes Gewitter über die Nuthe-Nieplitz-Niederung im südlichen Brandenburg nieder. Ein guter Anlaß die jungen Habichte an und in ihrem Nest aufzusuchen und zu schauen wie die jungen Habichte (Accipiter gentilis) im Kiefernwald mit dem vielleicht ungewohnten Nass umgehen. Als ich ankomme, fliegt sofort ein Vogel aus einer Kiefer auf. Es ist… Continue reading Junge Habichte im Regen