Juvenile meadow pipit in the morning dew of Ireland

In the early morning hours, when the meadows are still covered in dew, meadow pipits (Anthus pratensis) are particularly active. The dew protects their food – mostly small insects and spiders – from drying out, making them easier to find. The coolness of the morning means they are still quite damp. Meadow pipits move skilfully… Continue reading Juvenile meadow pipit in the morning dew of Ireland

Arctic Tern with caught fish on return flight

I recently had the incredible opportunity to observe and photograph a male Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) during its return flight with a caught fish on the southern coast of Ireland. Witnessing this elegant bird in action was a truly remarkable experience. We positioned ourselves in an area known for Arctic Tern activity, hoping to capture… Continue reading Arctic Tern with caught fish on return flight

Roseate Terns at Lady’s Island in southern Ireland

Imagine walking along the tranquil shores of the Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean, the rhythmic waves gently touching the sand. Suddenly a delicate bird catches your eye – its slender shape and graceful flight are a testament to nature’s elegance. This is the Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii), a very bright, graceful seabird that occasionally displays… Continue reading Roseate Terns at Lady’s Island in southern Ireland

Azores: birding in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

The Azores are well-known among ornithologists mainly for the fact that many American bird species occur, mainly in fall. Although this group of islands is part of the Western Palearctic (even Europe) on some islands, more Nearctic than Palearctic species have been found. In addition, several endemic taxa breed on the archipelago. The island group… Continue reading Azores: birding in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

Vogelreichtum auf schottischer Inselwelt

Felsnadeln, die aus dem schäumenden Meer emporsteigen. Abweisend auf den ersten Blick, doch voller Leben, wenn man in den Sommermonaten in die Nähe kommt. Wenn von Schottland die Rede ist, muß man unbedingt auch auf den Vogelreichtum der Inselwelt vor der Küste hinweisen. Orkney, Shetland oder St. Kilda sind weltbekannt, aber nicht so einfach und… Continue reading Vogelreichtum auf schottischer Inselwelt

Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri, as a vagrant for the Western Palearctic

Terns in general are excellent fliers, which may, from time to time, appear as vagrants outside of their home range. Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri, are no exception in that. Only some days ago, a Forster’s Tern was found on the coast of Ireland. An adult winter Forster’s Tern could be observed at Corronroo along with… Continue reading Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri, as a vagrant for the Western Palearctic

Albino Austernfischer (Haematopus ostralegus) in Süd-England

Bei einem Besuch des Hides im Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve konnte ich an einem Nachmittag des 22.08.13 einen teil-albinotischen Austernfischer sehen. Wie die einschlägige Website des Reservats referiert, können Gefieder – Anomalien immer mal wieder auftreten und Teil-Albinos kommen sogar in den meisten Jahren  vor. Ein Voll-Albino wurde jedes Jahr von 1964 bis 1974… Continue reading Albino Austernfischer (Haematopus ostralegus) in Süd-England

Albino Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) in Devon

During a visit to the hides im Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve I was lucky to observe a partly albinotic Eurasian Oystercatcher. This was on the afternoon of 22nd of August 2013. The website of the reserve refers to abnormalies in plumages with oystercatchers which occur with some regularity most years. Otherwise, this wader is… Continue reading Albino Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) in Devon