Peregrine Falcon on a viaduct in the Zschopau valley

Few sounds in nature are more captivating and exciting to an ornithologist’s ear than the clear, hard-hit raucous cackle of a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) in courtship mode. The calls trot far across the distant landscape. A Peregrine Falcon has obviously chosen one of the viaducts in the valley of the Zschopau as a perch,… Continue reading Peregrine Falcon on a viaduct in the Zschopau valley

Peregrine Falcon on the coast of Big Sur

Fantastic light in a great landscape. But the hit is a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), which suddenly comes flying in on the steep rock in front of me and can be perfectly photographed eating its prey in the most beautiful morning light. First he crouches down over his plucking. He then secures and sees if… Continue reading Peregrine Falcon on the coast of Big Sur

Gray woodpecker inside Beech forest of Kriebstein Castle

A high-pitched laugh echoes through the morning chorus of songbirds. The male of the Gray woodpecker or Gray-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus) obviously wants to interest a female in himself and his nest opportunities. The deciduous forest, dominated by the European Beech (Fagus sylvatica), on this steep slope between Kriebstein Castle and the dam of the… Continue reading Gray woodpecker inside Beech forest of Kriebstein Castle

Eurasian Hobby in the Belziger Landschaftswiesen

A misty and chilly morning. After weeks without rain, the drizzling rain kept going already for a while. A wet falcon was sitting crooked on a pole in some distance. Obviously not very comfortable in the rain. The view through the scope revealed a Eurasian Hobby (Falcon. subbuteo), also known as the Northern Hobby rested… Continue reading Eurasian Hobby in the Belziger Landschaftswiesen

Lanner Falcon for the western Palearctic

Lanner Falcon (Falco biarmicus) is a highly thought-after species for a central European birdwatcher. Lanner Falcons are the large Falcon in the Mediterranean region and in Africa. This Falcon is replaced by the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug), a raptor widely distributed in warm-temperate zones from southeast Europe (mainly Hungary) and Turkey to the Central Asiatic… Continue reading Lanner Falcon for the western Palearctic

Flying Raptors over the Cape Province of South Africa

One of the top birds for a European traveler to the RSA is the Verreaux’s Eagle (Aquila verreauxii). A pair of these beautiful eagles is said to be present on the forested slopes and rocky cliffs of the Cape Peninsula. A number of more pairs of Verreaux’s Eagle pairs still nest in near surrounding of… Continue reading Flying Raptors over the Cape Province of South Africa

Common Black-headed Gull hunted by a Peregrine in the sewage farm near Muenster

While searching for the Green-winged Teal which still can be seen on the pond E1 in the sewage farm Münster, I was also able to observe and photograph a successfully hunting Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) a young Common Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus). With binoculars I watched from the hide at the entrance to the E1… Continue reading Common Black-headed Gull hunted by a Peregrine in the sewage farm near Muenster

Wanderfalken – Angriff auf Lachmöwe in den Rieselfeldern Münster

Während der Suche nach der Carolinakrickente – oder Amerikanische Krickente – , die seit dem 16.03.14 auf dem Teich E1 in den Rieselfeldern Münster zu sehen ist, konnte ich ebenfalls die erfolgreiche Jagd eines Wanderfalken (Falco peregrinus) auf eine junge Lachmöwe (Larus ridibundus) beobachten und auch leidlich fotografieren. Mit dem Fernglas beobachtete ich von der… Continue reading Wanderfalken – Angriff auf Lachmöwe in den Rieselfeldern Münster

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

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