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Raubseeschwalben, die größten Seeschwalben der Welt

„Among the vast hordes of sea birds nesting in the great colonies of the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts, this king of all the terns may be seen climbing into the air on its long, strong wings, its big red bill wide open, yelling out its loud raucous cry of defiance. As the dominant, ruling spirit in the colonies it scorns the companionship of humbler fowl, holds itself aloof, and lives a little apart from the others. The largest, the strongest and the fiercest of the terns, it well deserves the name, imperial tern.

Dies schrieb Arthur Bent 1921 in seinen ” Life histories of North American gulls and terns: Order Longipennes ” über die nordamerikanischen Möwen und Seeschwalben welches im Bulletin des United States National Museum veröffentlicht wurde.

Übersetzt heißt es „Unter den riesigen Horden von Seevögeln, die in den großen Kolonien des Südatlantiks und der Golfküste nisten, kann man diesen König aller Seeschwalben auf seinen langen, starken Flügeln in die Luft steigen sehen, seinen großen roten Schnabel weit offen und schreiend sein lautes, kratzendes Trotzgeschrei. Als dominanter, herrschender Geist in den Kolonien verachtet er die Kameradschaft der kleineren, bescheidenerer Vögel, hält sich fern und lebt ein wenig getrennt von den anderen [Arten]. Als größte, stärkste und wildeste Seeschwalbe verdient sie den Namen Kaiserseeschwalbe.

Diese Seeschwalbe wurde von dem Ornithologen Pallas Hydroprogne caspia, auf deutsch Raubseeschwalbe getauft, da sie erstmals Continue reading Raubseeschwalben, die größten Seeschwalben der Welt

Steller’s Eider female on Baltic Sea of Germany

Steller's Eider in snowstormToday a female Steller’s Eider, Polysticta stelleri, has been recorded north of the Holnisspitze, which is a peninsula north-east of a town in Schleswig-Holstein named Gluecksburg. After a run in the last days to the one individual of a male King Eider, Somateria spectabilis, at Kalkhorst at the shores of the Baltic Sea, this is the second mega duck in a short time, which can be seen at the shores of the Baltic Sea in Germany. The female Steller’s Eider was observed the first time by Katrin Habenicht and photographed with some nice shots (including a nice starting/ flying shot). The Eider can be seen in the northern extension of the Holnisser ferry road (Faehrstraße). The duck swims between other ducks (Eurasian Wigeon and Common Eider) present in the same area.

The Holnis peninsula, which is a nature reserve is approx. 15km distance east of Flensburg, which is connected to the rest of the world via Highway (Autobahn) 7. Holnis peninsula marks the northernmost point of the German mainland. The area extends for a distance of 6 km into a fjord – the so-called Flensburger Foerde – and is a reknown pastime area of Gluecksburg. On the peninsula there is a cliff and a salt marsh with a major nesting colony of seabirds.

This female Steller’s Eider is obviously only Continue reading Steller’s Eider female on Baltic Sea of Germany

Male King Eider on Baltic Sea of Germany

King Eider - maleDuring the last days one male King Eider, Somateria spectabilis, continues to stay at Kalkhorst at the shores of the Baltic Sea. The german sea resort is approx. 15km distance east of Travemünde, Lübeck. This male King Eider in beautiful breeding plumage is obviously only one of the few records for 2013 so far south for the Western Palearctic and has been observed from the beach of Kalkhorst.

In contrast these birds are very common in the north of the Western Palearctic. On Varanger/ Norway bird-lens.com was able to shot this nice pictures right from a floating hide in the middle of the harbor. Not King Eiders alone, but also Steller’s Eider (Polysticta stelleri) and Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) and many gulls in 5 different species. A selection of the best shots you can find here in the gallery!

The Bird on the Baltic Sea could be seen yesterday from Continue reading Male King Eider on Baltic Sea of Germany