Blog

Blog · 26. Mai 2018
Normally, May is an exciting month for birdwatching: many birds are busy with breeding activities, bird migration reaches its peak and the chance to find a rarity increases from day to day. Consciously, I say "normally", since May is in fact rather slow and very rainy in this year. The only real highlights were the three White-winged Black Terns I've seen at the barrage of Bertoldsheim three weeks ago, but apart from that there has been little of note. Especially, the season at the Altmühlsee...

Blog · 30. April 2018
Recently, while I was browsing my blog archive, I realized that I unconsciously tested all new parts of my equipment in the Luisenhain. Strikingly, my main motives have always been Pied Flycatchers, which certainly are one of the most attractive species breeding there. After the Tamron 150 - 600 mm (although not mentioned in the article) I returned in the next year to test the Nikon P900 and now I did the same with the Nikon D7200. Despite of the fact that I can't have enough pictures of Pied...

Blog · 16. April 2018
Yesterday I went once again to the Altmühlsee, in oder to test the latest addition to my camera equipment, a Nikon D7200. Unfortunately, the sun didn’t manage to break through the tough Sahara dust on this day, but nonetheless the new camera had seemingly no problems with the reduced light. My main targets were the dozens of passerines, that rested on the artificial island in the northern part of the lake. Both Willow Warblers and Blackcaps reached high numbers and posed furthermore nicely...

Blog · 23. März 2018
Almost instantly after the weather improved and already gave a hint of spring, bird migration set in with full strength. However this first good phase ended rapidly with a sudden drop of temperature resulting in a spectacular fall-out. Especially, in the surrounding area of Bamberg hundreds of Thrushes, Lapwings and Golden Plovers had been forced to rest. Sadly, just in this time I was busy in the Altmühl-valley and had no chance to get there. Nonetheless, I spotted some interesting birds...

Blog · 03. März 2018
The last week has been extremely cold with a minimum of -19 °C in one night. Now any lake nearby I know of is definitely frozen and totally unattractive to water birds. Furthermore birding isn't particularly comfortable when it is so cold. Hence I waited for the temperature to rise on the weekend, which turned out to be a good plan. On the last Saturday I went to a new birdingwatching site I haven't been yet, a barrage of the river Danube situated perhaps 30 km west of Ingolstadt. The weather...

Blog · 22. Februar 2018
At the moment it's really frosty here and there is no chance to find a lake or quarry pond that's not frozen. Therefore I can't report from many interesting sightings. Instead I want to show you some pictures of Long-tailed Tits I've recently seen in the Luisenhain and on the Kreuzberg and reflect on the identification on subspecies level. In the winter it is often worth to look a bit closer on these small passerines, since they could belong to the rare caudatus-race. Their most prominent...

Blog · 15. Februar 2018
The last nights have been very cold and hence the most lakes nearby are completely frozen. So it was evident for me that I'd start this beautiful sunny morning at the harbour of Bamberg. Yet despite of the icy weather there weren't many water birds respectively gulls. Generally, this winter has been far too mild for pulling in "good" waterfowl from the north. Even the traditional gull roost isn't viewable from the public sidewalk in this year, so you need a good portion of luck to see something...

Blog · 04. Februar 2018
Surprisingly, the weekend offered both suitable weather (at least according to the weather forecast) and free time for birdwatching. Therefore I didn’t consider long , packed my equipment and went off for two nice afternoon trips. On Saturday I focused on the Brombachsee, which is the largest lake in Franconia and normally a good tip for water birds in the winter. Yet, having arrived at Ramsberg, a small village on the southern shore, the weather turned out to be an unpredictable mix of...

Blog · 27. Januar 2018
Finally, after weeks, I could carry out my plan to go birding again in the area of the "Neues Fränkisches Seenland". Unusually I didn't focus on one of the large lakes (Altmühl-, Brombach- and Rothsee), but on the Wiesmet, a large wetland area situated north of the Altmühlsee. This decision becomes easily understandable as eight Whooper Swans and a single Bewick's Swan have been observed there on a flooded meadow over the last days. In northern Europe this is perhaps nothing special, yet in...

Blog · 09. Januar 2018
While the old year came to a silent and rather unspectacular end, this fortunately doesn't count for the new year, which had some nice suprises in offer. Already on the first day I was able to connect with a Ferruginous Duck on the Großer Wörth, that could easily be picked out of the far more common Tufted Ducks and Pochards. Apparently, the bird had already been a couple of days on the lake, yet it seems to have left the site meanwhile. Apart from the duck there finally two Green Sandpipers...

Mehr anzeigen