Saturday, 1 November 2014

Germany - The Brandenburg Crane and Goose Concerto

Here are some of the latest photos from my recent tour in the county of Brandenburg, close to Germany's capital Berlin.


Mandarin Ducks fly past the apartments in Potsdam just outside Berlin
It's been a record crane count this year with the arrival of 100,000 Common Cranes arriving in northern Germany. 
As birdwatching as a hobby increases in popularity across Germany and other European countries there are more people volunteering to count the cranes as they arrive at their traditional sites across the country.

A female Common Crane sorts out a frisky male

Trick of the camera - Looks like a balancing act!

Feeding on freshly cut maize

A juvenile Common Crane being watched over by parents




Common Cranes singing

Young male Great Bustards
--> Great Bustards had a healthy population before WWII with 3,400 birds in Brandenburg, which accounted for more than half the German population. After the war in the former GDR, numbers had not surprisingly crashed to only a few hundred. In the 1970’s a breeding programme was introduced using eggs taken from local breeding pairs, incubated in the centre then releasing older juveniles. Slowly the number have risen to around 200 birds. Harsh winters have on occasions decimated the numbers over the years but this species may be one that benefits from climate change as winters become warmer.


A bit of half-hearted displaying from this juvenile male


A White-tailed Eagle puts up all the geese and ducks at the Gülpersee

Green Woodpecker


Whooper Swans

The white-headed race of Long-tailed Tits are particularly beautiful

White-tailed Eagle

More Common Crane photos







 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

SW Spain in October - More Migration Photos

Whinchat

Booted Eagle

Short-toed Eagle hunting






Short-toed Eagle
Eurasian Spoonbill, juvenile
Hundreds of Glossy Ibis at La Janda
Cattle Egret
Crested Tit
Firecrest in the Alcornocales Forest

Kentish Plovers
Northern Wheatear
Osprey with Black Stork
Red-veined Darters
Ruddy Turnstone doing what they do best...

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Short-toed Treecreeper
Thekla Lark
Whimbrel
Woodchat Shrike, juvenile
Eurofighter Typhoon pilot oblivious to mass bird migration on The Strait
Presently the UK's largest Royal Naval ship, HMS Ocean sails out into the Atlantic Ocean

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