Friday, 15 June 2012

The Bavarian Alps - June 2012

An Alpine (Yellow-billed) Chough glides over the snowy peaks on the border with Tirol, Austria

Common Rosefinch flits amongst the treetops
This was the last trip, tour leading away from home this spring. My last spring tour that I led last week was one that I have been leading for a few years now. It was to the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany, based around the small town of Kochel-am-See. I planned and wrote this particular itinerary years ago for Limosa Holidays, the UK based Birding and Wildlife company and lead tours for them in other worldwide locations. The Bavarian tour has been very successful, particularly with UK clients as it's an area that's not well know in the UK and really is a beautiful corner of Europe.                                       I took this photo at the top of the Zugspitze mountain, Germany's highest peak at 10,000 ft. One of the tour participants, Anne, was taking a photo of the very confiding Alpine Choughs and I snapped this colourful photo of her and the bird...


Meadows are always a good place to explore and Bavaria has plenty to choose from. I liked the view of the two Dandelion heads together.

Up the wooded mountainside from Farchant, close to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, is the waterfall of the Kuhfluchtsgrabens. This powerful water source spews out of the sheer rock-face and tumbles down the gorge. It's a great walk up there and you can see White-throated Dippers and Grey Wagtails nesting. We were particularly fortunate to watch three Golden Eagles soaring across the ridges and valleys

Alpine splendour as some of the group watch Water Pipits displaying high above Garmisch

Descent by cable-car from the Zugspitze summit. The Eibsee (lake) is down below in the left of the photo

High Alpine Vista
Alpine Chough
Banded Demoiselle, male
Red-crested Pochard at the Ammersee
Typical Bavarian 'Onion dome' tower of the church at Diessen on the Ammersee

Black Woodpecker, always a treat to watch

Male Black Woodpecker in flight

Brimstone Butterfly

Common Cuckoo

Common Redpoll at the Wankberg

One of my favourite finches the Common Rosefinch at Murnauer Moos Nature Reserve. This lovely male was singing loudly from the treetops

Common Rosefinch, male

Crested Tit

Alpine trails at Farchant

More woodland birds are plentiful - this one's a Garden Warbler

Great-spotted Woodpecker

Kochel Moos

We had some really lovely walks and as you'd expect, everything is well planned, signposted and cared for

Our base for the eight day tour was at Kochel-am-See

Lizard

Meadow

Long-tailed Tit acrobatics

Female Marsh Harrier

Murnauer Moos Reserve

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Red Kite

Red-backed Shrike, male


Ring Ouzel

Ring Ouzel

Kochelsee

Skipper sp.

Wood Mouse

A farewell to the Bavarian Alps











More information about this tour can be found on Limosa Holidays website. Dates for next year will be publishes around August        http://www.limosaholidays.co.uk/tourDetail.cfm?tourID=380
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