Thrushes feeding on fruits in winter

A beautiful Redwing (Turdus iliacus) roam on the lichen-covered branches of the Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) to enjoy the red berries in thick fog. A bush of the European Holly (Ilex aquifolium) – also simply called Ilex – in the back of my front yard has been glowing full of red fruits since autumn, too. But… Continue reading Thrushes feeding on fruits in winter

Junges Habichtweibchen im Zuggeschehen von Turmfalke attackiert

Bei einer Beobachtung des Zuggeschehens am Bürvenicher Berg am Rand der Eifel am süd-östlichen Ende der Zülpicher Börde konnte ich einen elegant tief über einen Acker fliegenden jungen Habicht (Accipiter gentilis) sehen. Auffallend waren die Größe und das oberseitige Flugbild, das von einer braunen Farbe und dem recht breiten, am Hinterrand ausgeprägt geschwungenen Flügel bestimmt… Continue reading Junges Habichtweibchen im Zuggeschehen von Turmfalke attackiert

Bird migration on the edge of the Eifel

Beginning of October is the best time to observe migratory birds near a hill called Tötschberg or Toetschberg in the Eifel. It was still twilight when I arrived at the Bürvenicher Berg which is opposite to the Tötschberg, located at about 246m above sea level. In front of me the expanse of the Zülpicher Börde,… Continue reading Bird migration on the edge of the Eifel

Erste Nachtigall des Jahres 2021

Warme Luftströmungen haben den lang anhaltenden Strom polarer Luft im Spätfrühling abgelöst. Die ersten Singdrosseln (Turdus philomelos) sind schon mit ihrem markanten, melancholischen Gesang zu vernehmen. Die Amseln (Turdus merula) bauen schon fleißig am Nest. Der Zilpzalp (Phylloscopus collybita) ruft sein eintöniges Lied. Die Stare (Sturnus vulgaris) fliegen laut schwätzend zwischen den Gärten hin und… Continue reading Erste Nachtigall des Jahres 2021

Common Cranes over Brandenburg

Migration of the Common Crane (Grus grus) has started. Thousands of these birds, also known as “birds of luck”, can currently be observed in Brandenburg on their way to the southern wintering sites under distinctive and loud trumpet calls. The unforgettable nature experience is offered in September and October every year. With their legendary trumpet… Continue reading Common Cranes over Brandenburg

Young female Goshawk attacked by Kestrel in the Eifel

While observing the bird migration on the Bürvenicher Berg at the edge of the Eifel, I could see a young Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) flying elegantly low over a field. Striking were the size and the flight pattern on top, which was determined by a brown color and the rather broad, curved wings at the… Continue reading Young female Goshawk attacked by Kestrel in the Eifel

Waldwasserläufer (Tringa ochropus) im Spreewald

Der Waldwasserläufer befindet sich in Deutschland am Rand des süd-westlichen Verbreitungsgebiets. Bekannt ist sein Brutvorkommen in der Uckermark. Ich wollte aber auch mal Meldungen von Waldwasserläufern in der Brutzeit deutlich weiter südlich, nämlich im Spreewald, nachgehen. Ausgesucht wurde eine abwechslungsreiche leicht hügelige Kiefernlandschaft am Ostrand des Spreewalds, die abgelegen und daher relativ ungestört ist. Am… Continue reading Waldwasserläufer (Tringa ochropus) im Spreewald

Helgoland, die Vogelinsel

Die Abendsonne intensiviert das Rot der Helgoländer Klippen. Basstölpel (Morus bassanus) sind vom Klippenrand oder auf einer der angebotenen Führungen gut zu beobachten und zu fotografieren. Formatfüllende Aufnahmen gelingen bereits mit einer 300 mm Brennweite. Diese Brennweite ist für Flugaufnahmen sogar perfekt geeignet. Nur um die Nester mit den Seevögeln groß genug abzubilden, sind manchmal… Continue reading Helgoland, die Vogelinsel

Observation site for spring migration on the river Oder

After having presented protected nature areas in the Havellaendisches Luch or the Guelper See, a recent blog was dealing with the Oder valley in general and The National Park Lower Oder especially. The National Park protects a flood plain, the last still intact in large parts of the estuary of Central Europe. A rainy, cloudy… Continue reading Observation site for spring migration on the river Oder

Sparrowhawk at Wallcreeper cliff in Alquezar in Northern Spain

For long I have been looking for Wallcreepers (Tichodroma muraria). Observations – or even photos – from the Wallcreeper are my dream. I’ve been days hiking in the Alps in the Karwendel mountains, in the Tien Shan in Kyrgyzstan, in the Carpathian Mountains. I was hiking at high altitudes and took a lot of efforts,… Continue reading Sparrowhawk at Wallcreeper cliff in Alquezar in Northern Spain

Hide Photography in Bulgaria in July; Images from the Dobruja

The north-eastern countryside of Bulgaria called Dobruja or in Bulgarian Dobrudzha or in romanian Dobrogea was not famous of being one of Bulgaria´s birding hot spots for bird-lens before. But a trip to the Romanian Dobrogea in may 2012 was already very productive. Thus maybe an excursion to that thinly populated area south of the… Continue reading Hide Photography in Bulgaria in July; Images from the Dobruja

Heavy migration of Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) through the Taunus/ Germany

During a short trip with sunny weather and quite clear sky but a cold wind in the morning of March 26th through the upper Taunus near Bad Soden I experienced many migrating birds among them approx. 50 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) and more than a 100 Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs).  Remarkable in the sighting of the… Continue reading Heavy migration of Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) through the Taunus/ Germany