American Golden Plover near Tarifa at the Playa de los Lances

As the morning dawns on an early October day at the Playa de los Lances, west of Tarifa at the southern tip of Spain, only two fighting sanderlings (Calidris alba) con be observed and photographed. Apart from that, there are Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula), Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica), Dunlin (Calidris… Continue reading American Golden Plover near Tarifa at the Playa de los Lances

Whimbrel in Ponta Delgada Port on São Miguel

Ponta Delgada Port on São Miguel, the biggest island of the Azores, is a busy place. This is true also in terms of foreign tourists and local visitors. Beautiful is the view from the pier from one of the sidewalk cafes. On first sight, it is a surprise that a wader comes very close even… Continue reading Whimbrel in Ponta Delgada Port on São Miguel

The Yellow-legged Gull on the Azores

The appearance of a black head mask or cap makes the Azorean subspecies of the widespread Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis atlantis) interesting. Although in the Azores several species of gulls of holartic origin might show-up, the best bet throughout the archipelago is always a Yellow-legged Gull. About the size – a bit smaller – of… Continue reading The Yellow-legged Gull on the Azores

Steinhuhn: Beobachtungen auf Pag/ Kroatien

Sterne funkeln von einem wolkenlosen Firmament. Es ist 3:25 – und damit eigentlich mehr als eine Stunde zu früh. Denn der Sonnenaufgang ist erst für 5:16 angekündigt. Das Steinhuhn (Alectoris graeca) fehlt aber noch in meiner persönlichen Liste der Vögel Mitteleuropas. Da kann man auch schon mal früh aufstehen. Wenig später ist im Osten schon… Continue reading Steinhuhn: Beobachtungen auf Pag/ Kroatien

An early Common Gull, Larus canus on Romania´s Black Sea coast

September is fall migration time in Romania´s Black Sea coast. After having seen the spectacular mass migration of Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, in an area south of the Danube Delta with its wide stretch of a sandy shoreline with shallow lagoons we arrived at the sandy beach near the little town of Vadu. The shoreline… Continue reading An early Common Gull, Larus canus on Romania´s Black Sea coast