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.
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.