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.
Few days ago, I returned from a breathtaking trip to the Ural mountains in Russia. I travelled together with very good friends for four weeks. You will surely see here some of the results in the next weeks.
Back at home, I was welcomed by my family and relatives, however I had to leave soon to accompany an excursion with the university to the Alps. Together with my doctoral supervisor and Severin, we had a good time with a very nice group of students in the Principality of Liechtenstein. We could watch many montane specialities, however I took just few photos. Maybe I show you some of them soon, too.