French Alps

Again a short trip – this time to France. I met a friend and college, Julien R., to record and  discuss about Crossbills. We visited different sites in the French Alps. Days started long before sunrise and we walked through the ending night into the mountains. Attached are some impressions

Moon in the forest
Vercors, French Alps
Sunset in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Julien recording crossbills in the forest

As we hoped, we found very interesting crossbills. When I show you the photos, they look like every other Red Crossbill. You need to hear the voice of these birds to be able to recognize them. As this is the topic of my PhD, it was really fascinating to meet some of these special birds of the southern Alps, which I heard on my computer many times but not in reality.

Male Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Female Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

Now some more photos from the trip:

Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum)
Opening in the forest, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Opening in the forest, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Alpine meadows changing colour in autumn, National Park Vanoise, French Alps
Erosion ditches in the slope, National Park Vanoise, French Alps
The last sunray in the valley, French Alps
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Crossbills in the Snow

There are quite a lot Common Crossbills in the Black Forest in southern Germany this year. I spent some time in the field, trying to get sound recordings of them for my PhD.

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Common Crossbill – Fichtenkreuzschnabel – Loxia curvirostra. Singing male

These little creatures are breeding right at the moment between all the wind, ice and snow. They are doing this, as their typical food ressource – seeds of Norway Spruce – is soon easily accessible. When it gets a little bit warmer, cones open and then food is wating for the Crossbills.

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Male Common Crossbill sitting likely above its nest

I tried to photograph them next to a road, where they regularly licked salt from. Wating was shortened by a nice Coal Tit.

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Coal Tit – Tannenmeise – Periparus ater

Finally the Crossbills approached – not exactly where I hoped them to perch – but I was pleased with the outcome.

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Common Crossbill – Fichtenkreuzschnabel – Loxia curvirostra
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Common Crossbills, licking salt on a road
Crossbills in the Snow

Research trip through Great Britain & Ireland

Wow – the summer is over and I haven’t written anything. Well, it has been a busy time. I am on a research trip in Great Britain and Ireland – trying to record the calls of Common Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) for my PhD.

Common Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) drinking at a puddle
Three Common Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) drinking at a puddle

There is very few time to photograph. I have taken almost no photos, just a few of landscape. Nevertheless, here are some of them:

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I got up very early every morning and had the chance to see many sunrises and sunsets. This is a sunrise in southern England
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Here bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) photographed during sunset
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Forest in southern England in the evening
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Fellow Deer (Dama dama) early in the morning
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Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) in Cornwall
Cornwall's coast during sunset
Some spare time thanks to strong wind: Cornwall’s coast during sunset

 

 

 

 

 

Research trip through Great Britain & Ireland