There was a new book published with many of my photos inside and one on the cover (Pallas’s Gull):
It’s done: all biIt’s done: all bird species of the Western Palearctic that I photographed until December 2016 are in the online archive. Finally I added photos of one of my favourite groups – the Grouses. All birds of this group are hard to find and hard to observe – so every encounter is an adventure.
I have spent many hours finding them, watching them, approaching them without disturbing them and finally photographing them. Some of them live in the densest thicket like the hazel grouse and it is easy to understand that they are hardly observable.
Other species of the family are found in the open like the Ptarmigan. However, they live in the high montane regions and, thanks to their camouflage, it takes a long time to discover them in winter.
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.
Browse through the archive here
There are two of my photos on the latest issue of “Die Vogelwelt”
Martin, R. (2017) “Island – Perle im Nordatlantik”, Vögel, 3/2017
van IJzendoorn, E. J., Martin, R. (2017) “Pallas’s Sandgrouse”, Dutch Birding 39, 37-42
Ammitzboell, N.P., Werner, S., Marques, D. A., Schweizer, M. (2017) “Pacific Loon at Silvaplanersee, Switzerland, in December 2015, with notes on genetics, identification and WP records
Few weeks ago, I returned from a trip to the Baikal area in southeastern Russia. Together with Malte B. we were looking for different kind of animals and pristine landscape. It was a sucessful trip and I will surely show you further photos soon
Right afterwards, I accompanied an excursion of the University to the Ticino area in southern Switzerland. We visited a valley with still quite pristine landscape. We came just right for the flowering of Alpine Roses. Here you see three photos of the amazing colourful meadows:
The different flowers in combination with many different insects and birds have been a real highlight!