Pygmy Owl in the upper Harz Mountains

A hike in the highlands around the Brocken, the highest mountain far and wide. It’s foggy and windless. It also snowed for a few days. Then suddenly a rhythmic song, a scale, can be heard. It is a Eurasian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum), which sits a little later on a dead, thickly icy spruce tree… Continue reading Pygmy Owl in the upper Harz Mountains

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

Capercaillie in wildlife enclosure

Old and weakened trees have not been felled and removed from the forests for years, but remain there until they are knocked over by the wind or pushed down by the snow. Insects such as the bark beetle, which are seen as pests in commercial forests, are allowed to make their natural contribution to forest… Continue reading Capercaillie in wildlife enclosure

Tripreport Carpathians of Slovakia, June 2014

After having visited the Carpathians of Slovakia in April mainly for Hazel grouse photography, I wanted to observe different birds in the same area. In preparation I ordered a birdlist of the species from a local guide which birds might be possible and got the