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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Autumn on an isle

I am just back from an one week trip to the german Isle Sylt. Arriving on Sylt feels like coming home for me as I spent a lot of time there and lived there for a while. Especially in autumn, it is really beautiful and I enjoyed the time with good friends a lot.

Thanks for the wonderful time my friends!

Autumn on an isle

Photographing in central Asia

Together with a friend, I just left for a trip to Kyrgystan in central Asia to do some kind of comissioned photography. One year ago, I’ve been some hundred kilometers further north in Kazakhstan. Great country with an impressing landscape!

Attached are few photos from the first and last day in the Tianshan mountains, south of Almaty.

I hope the trip now will be as great as the last one!

Photographing in central Asia