Kanadapfeifente in den Körziner Wiesen bei Beelitz/ Brandenburg

In ornitho.de kam an Karfreitag 2018 die Meldung herein, daß eine Nordamerikanische Pfeifente oder  Kanadapfeifente (Anas americana) zusammen mit den „normalen“ Pfeifente (Anas penelope) sowie Knäkenten (Anas querquedula) und Löffelenten (Anas clypeata) gesehen worden sei. Die ersten Ornis waren trotz des naß-kalten Wetter mit Regenschauern schon vor Ort. Es schien, als hätten sich alle an… Continue reading Kanadapfeifente in den Körziner Wiesen bei Beelitz/ Brandenburg

Im Reich des Wachtelkönigs

Seltsam, rätschende Geräusche kommen nachts aus den Wiesen im Warthevorland. Das ist die Stimme des Wachtelkönigs (Crex crex), der auch Wiesenralle genannt wird. Dies ist eine der seltensten und gefährdetsten Vogelarten Deutschlands. Den Wachtelkönig, der nur selten in der dichten Vegation auszumachen ist, aber dennoch der berühmteste Brutvogel des Odertals ist, sah ich in den… Continue reading Im Reich des Wachtelkönigs

Waterfowl Spring migration on the flooded meadows of the river Oder/ Germany

Already several sites for nature protection with excellent birding ops in Brandenburg has been presented. One of these sites is a protected nature area in the Havellaendisches Luch or the Guelper See. If you have spare time between two tourist attractions in Germany´s sprawling capital Berlin you might be interested as a birdwatcher to know,… Continue reading Waterfowl Spring migration on the flooded meadows of the river Oder/ Germany

Beste Beobachtungsgebiete im Winter auf Texel

Tagelang hatte es geregnet. Der Ausflug über Sylvester auf die südlichste der westfriesischen Inseln schien sich als Reinfall zu entpuppen. Dann nach 3 Tagen klarte es gegen Abend auf. Ein phantastisches Abendrot kündigte eine sternenklare Nacht an. In dieser Nacht ohne schützende Wolkendecke fielen die Temperaturen auf deutlich unter Null. Die Feuchtigkeit an Gräsern und… Continue reading Beste Beobachtungsgebiete im Winter auf Texel

Birding around Berlin: The Guelper See

Berlin might not sound like a birdwatcher’s paradise but the capital of Germany offers surprisingly good birding. Berlin is already a top tourist destination. But it is a great place to combine a city trip with a birding excursion, too. Many airlines use the Airport of Berlin, but it is possible to take a flight… Continue reading Birding around Berlin: The Guelper See

Birding around Frankfurt Airport – NSG Lampertheimer Altrhein

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 some more spare time but only 2 hours between two flights, you might be interested to know, where you can find good places to stretch your legs, enjoy… Continue reading Birding around Frankfurt Airport – NSG Lampertheimer Altrhein

Moorhen chases Snipe at Rieselfelder Munster

Migration season starts in Germany right now. One of the best places to see especially the early fall migrants – the waders – is the old sewage farm in the north of Muenster, called Rieselfelder Munster. Early morning, 6:30 am. Still dawn. Haze over the water and I am watching through a well located hide… Continue reading Moorhen chases Snipe at Rieselfelder Munster

Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) near Muenster/ North Rhine-Westphalia

After a message on Ornitho.de I decided to visit the sewage farms in the north of Muenster. A Green-winged Teal, a close relative of our European Teal (Anas carolinensis) was said to stay for a few days already in Muenster. The duck was in the area of an old abandoned sewage farm. The species has… Continue reading Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) near Muenster/ North Rhine-Westphalia

Golden Eagle at the Laguna de Gallocanta/ Spain

Going for Laguna de Gallocanta, this lake on 1,000 m asl in the middle of Northern Spain, seems to be good for impressive numbers of wintering birds as well as for surprises. Some years ago, there has been observations of a Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis). Actually, I wanted to watch and photograph Common Cranes (Grus… Continue reading Golden Eagle at the Laguna de Gallocanta/ Spain

Keoladeo National Park, a paradise also for Western Palearctic birds

Is it possible to combine business and birding in India? The country is large, the distance too and most business is performed in a metropolitan area – New Delhi. Although supposedly in the area of New Delhi only 250,000 people live after the Indian census of 2011, but there are at least several million in… Continue reading Keoladeo National Park, a paradise also for Western Palearctic birds