Neuntöter nass mit Wespe im Schnabel

Ein junger, regennasser Neuntöter (Lanius collurio) hat den Regen genutzt, um sich eine in der Bewegung gehemmte Wespe zu schnappen und sie dem Fotografen stolz zu präsentieren. Während der Aufnahmen machte der juvenile Neuntöter keine Anstalten, die Beute nach Manier vieler anderer insektenfressender Vögel – genannt seien nur die ebenfalls wehrhaften Insekten fressende Bienenfresser (Merops… Continue reading Neuntöter nass mit Wespe im Schnabel

Wet Wagtail shaking its feathers

Completely soaked, a black and white bird stands on a beam. Here, at the corner of a settlement, I can photograph a Wagtail (Motacilla alba), which stands on a beam after a band and shakes and dries itself extensively. The feathers are completely soaked. It is not known whether the bird is a non-swimmer; In… Continue reading Wet Wagtail shaking its feathers

Caucasian Grouse in the pontic mountains near Sivrikaya/ Türkiye

Suddenly a male Caucasian Grouse (Tetrao mlokosiewiczi) flies up at our feet. The Caucasian Grouse lifts itself out of the rhododendron with powerful wing beats but without any audible noise, gaining only slightly in height and then gliding down the sparsely overgrown slope with wings held horizontally and wing tips hanging down. The first Caucasian… Continue reading Caucasian Grouse in the pontic mountains near Sivrikaya/ Türkiye

Juvenile Goshawk in Anatolian sky

An Accipiter hawk does fly low over the nicely constructed road south of Erzurum. I jump out of the car and keep on shooting with my Canon EF 400mm 1:4 DO IS II USM on a Canon EOS R 5. At home, I sort out the images. When viewing in Lightroom, my first thought is:… Continue reading Juvenile Goshawk in Anatolian sky

Falkenbussard im Nebel am Wegesrand

Zuerst sitzt der Falkenbussard (Buteo buteo vulpinus/menetriesi) wunderschön – und auf Augenhöhe – auf einem Strommast. Der Bussard schaut sich einige Male um und läßt sich dabei ausgiebig fotografieren. Schließlich beugt er sich nach vorne, hebt den Schwanz an und kotet im weiten Bogen hinter sich. Dann ist es ihm wohl genug und er startet… Continue reading Falkenbussard im Nebel am Wegesrand

Young Levant Sparrowhawk in eastern Anatolia

On a ledge just above the road south of Erzurum sits a dark-looking raptor with heavily striped underside. The iris is dark. Very beautiful. Is that the bird, I had seen circling and identified as a Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) earlier? The sitting posture is more a reminiscent of a powerful falcon. No, that’s a… Continue reading Young Levant Sparrowhawk in eastern Anatolia

Young Red-backed Shrike with wasp from apple compote

A young Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) has snatched a wasp and is holding it in its beak before eating. During the photo session, the juvenile Red-backed Shrike made no attempt to smack the prey against a branch to expel the stinger from the insect’s body, in the manner of many other insectivorous birds such as… Continue reading Young Red-backed Shrike with wasp from apple compote