Spring is arriving and I spent some time out there, with nice encounters. Here I share some from southwestern Germany.
Finally, all bird species of the Western Palearctis, photographed until December 2016, are online in the Archive. I just finished uploading with photos of one of my favourite groups – the Grouses. All birds of this group are elusive and difficult to watch – so every encounter is an adventure.
I spent hours and hours, trying to find them, watch them, get close to them without disturbing and finally photograph them.
Some of them live in dense thicket like the Hazel Grouse and it is easily reproducible that you hardly see them.
But others are just in the open like the Rock Ptarmigan. Nevertheless it took me a lot of time to discover them during winter time.
They sometimes dig themselve into the snow for resting and all you see later are their tracks.
But as soon as you are rewarded with a real encounter, you know it was worth the effort.
I just uploaded many new photos into the archive of skuas, gulls, terns, skimmers, auks, rollers, hoopoes, kingfishers, bee-eaters, owls and woodpeckers. Have fun browsing through them!
For the 60th anniversary of the ornithological working group of the Lake Constance (OAB), a new calendar has been published. There are also two of my photos included.
It is possible to order the calendar here for 15 CHF or 13 €
A new book was published with my photos on the cover. It is a really nice book, explaining in detail why birds of Europe are named like they are.