Skuas auf der Shetlandinsel Foula

Durchdringende Rufe und weit über den Körper aufgerichtete weiß-graue Flügel signalisieren den Revierbesitzer. Es ist eine Skua (Stercorarius skua). Die Berge und weiten Moor- und Heideflächen der Shetlandinsel Foula sind Habitat für die weltgrößte Kolonie der Großen Raubmöwen, die in der Sprache der Einheimischen verniedlicht „Bonxies“ genannt werden. Vom späten April bis Oktober sind Skuas… Continue reading Skuas auf der Shetlandinsel Foula

Photographing birds on the Shetland island Foula

A barely inhabited island, rugged cliffs, changing light moods and unusual species of animals: this is how the Shetland island of Foula presents itself. A terrain made for nature photographers. As long as the wind does not blow the equipment or the showers from the sea put everything under water. When I visited the Shetland… Continue reading Photographing birds on the Shetland island Foula

Slettnes – Gambell-Seawatching: a photographers point of view

A Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) with a yellow bill might be not the only difference what you realize, if you are seabirding on different locations. Well, Somateria mollissima v-nigrum is breeding along the arctic coasts of north-east Siberia to Alaska and shows a yellow bill unlike its relatives from the northern part of Europe. But… Continue reading Slettnes – Gambell-Seawatching: a photographers point of view

Küstenscharben nahe Simon’s Town/ Kapstadt

Ein aufregender Tag auf hoher See südlich von Kapstadt sollte nicht nur wegen der pelagischen Vogelarten sehr ergiebig sein. Auch eine seltene Kormoranart war wunderschön zu beobachten. Nach der Ausfahrt aus dem Stadthafen von Simon’s Town an einem frühen Sonntagmorgen nahmen wir sofort Kurs auf die Südspitze der Kaphalbinsel und passierten nicht nur die Pinguinkolonie… Continue reading Küstenscharben nahe Simon’s Town/ Kapstadt

Cape pelagic Highlights: 3 Arten von Albatrosse

Ein Albatros (Thalassarche sp.) als Fotobeute. Das ist der Traum. Ein früher Morgen. Frische Seeluft, blauer Himmel und keine Wolke am Himmel. Auch der Wind der Vortage hat sich gelegt. Ideale Bedingungen für eine Fahrt vor die Südspitze der Kaphalbinsel, die ansonsten für ihre stürmische See bekannt ist. Alle Teilnehmer dieser extra übers Internet gebuchten… Continue reading Cape pelagic Highlights: 3 Arten von Albatrosse

Seabird migration from a boat in Nordkyn/ Norway

It is hard to believe, but also on the northern edge of the WP (Western Palearctic) seabirds are living and migrating. To see them, bird-lens.com managed a trip in the beginning of May to the northern tip of Norway, to the Nordkyn peninsula. This is the best location to spot the migration out to the… Continue reading Seabird migration from a boat in Nordkyn/ Norway

Cleptoparasitism between White-tailed Eagles

Although it is said, that kleptoparasitism (or cleptoparasitism) is relatively uncommon in birds, some Skuas – as the Great Skua (Stercorarius skua),  Jaegers – as the or the Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) – and Frigatebirds are famous of taking prey from another bird that has caught. In this case, two White-tailed Eagles – a juvenile and an… Continue reading Cleptoparasitism between White-tailed Eagles

Pelagic specialities on Bird-Lens

On the western edge of the western palearctic pelagic birds are living and migrating. To see them, Bird-lens.com managed several trips already to Portugal and the Canary Islands. Now migrating seabirds with a more northern circle of migration could be observed on several pelagic trips with Joe Pender on his boat “Sapphire” off-shore the Isles… Continue reading Pelagic specialities on Bird-Lens

Fall migration at the Black Sea Coast/ Romania

Spectacular numbers of Pallid Harrier, Circus macrourus, and Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, were the highlight of the first day. Having spent 3 days in May north of Constanta at Romania´s Black Sea coast, it was decided to try our luck with birds again in the area around the village of Vadu. The target was, to… Continue reading Fall migration at the Black Sea Coast/ Romania

An early Common Gull, Larus canus on Romania´s Black Sea coast

September is fall migration time in Romania´s Black Sea coast. After having seen the spectacular mass migration of Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, in an area south of the Danube Delta with its wide stretch of a sandy shoreline with shallow lagoons we arrived at the sandy beach near the little town of Vadu. The shoreline… Continue reading An early Common Gull, Larus canus on Romania´s Black Sea coast