Cover photo on the latest issue of “Der Falke”, 9/2017

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Two trips into pristine areas

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

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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!

Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) in the flowers
Male Lasiocampa quercus (Eichenspinner)

 

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Research trip through Great Britain & Ireland – From Ireland and Northern Ireland to Scotland

I stopped to show some photos at the westcoast of Irleand. So here a last from that site:

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Bridges of Ross, Ireland

I drove further, visiting some forests to record Crossbills, heading to Northern Ireland

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Coast of Northern Ireland

I stopped at the “Giants Causeway”, a well known tourist attraction. People from all over the world walked along the coast to see the black edged pillars of basalt:

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Pillars of basalt
'Giants Causeway'
‘Giants Causeway’ during sunset

Not far from this site, there is a beautiful coastline, many isles lying next to each other, some are just a small rock, some bigger

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Coast of Northern Ireland

As there are still just few forests in Ireland and Northern Ireland, it was time to leave, heading to Scotland where much work was waiting for me. But before I went on the ferry boat, I stopped a last time for a very special bird: the Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii).

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A Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) on the right next to a Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) on the left

This Tern got very rare in Europe. There are just few sites left, where it is possible to watch it. Luckily I could watch twelf birds, adults and juveniles, quite close.

You finally think, I was just there to take photos and didn’t work? No! Actually I had only time for photography when it was too windy or the activity of the birds was low. Means, I had especially spare time long before sunrise, after sunset and when weather conditions were bad…

When I arrived in Scotland, weather conditions had been perfect to work, so I had no possibility to take a single photo in the following weeks. About two weeks later, i finally realized a photo to show what I actually done there.

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Me recording in the scottish forests

This looks like relaxed work? Actually it was most time some kind of survival training, following the birds, running through thickets, jumping over ditches.

While following crossbills into a forest, I discovered a site with beautiful dead pines. I envisioned a photo of the trees during night. Some days later, I had the possibility to realize it and here is the result:

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Dead Scot’s Pines (Pinus sylvestris) in the Scottish highlands

Well, I showed enough for today! Here a last view over the Cairngorms during sunrise. In the lower areas are the forests with crossbills.

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View over the Cairngorms

 

 

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Slightshow in Dornbirn, Austria

At the last Thursday, I was invited by BirdLIFE Vorarlberg for a slightshow about Kazakhstan. Thank you very much for the invitation, it was fun to show you some impressions from Central Asia!

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Male Orange-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus) in the Kazakh Altai Mountains.

Afterwards, I did a short trip into the delta of the Rhine in the Lake Constanze. There was a beautiful night atmosphere, with few birds flying around and the full moon in the dead trees.

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Night atmosphere in the delta of the Rhine, Austria
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Encounters

The last days, I was working a lot in the field, trying to locate Black Storks (Ciconia nigra). While doing this job, I discovered a mouse hole and a little Common Vole (Microtus arvalis). The little mouse was scared by my presence, but it also wanted to get some food or maybe some blades of grass for its nest from the field. It observed me suspicously but after few moments, it decided that it is worth a try. It came out, got fastly a blade of grass with some seeds and ran back into the hole. It didn’t come again 😉

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Note about the Pacific Diver in Switzerland

Here is a short note about the Pacific Diver in Switzerland in December last year, that made it on the list of Josh Jones’s ten craziest bird records in the Western Palearctic region in 2015.

And here you can see some further photos of the bird:

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BWE: The horsehead seal

There have been just two blogposts in the last weeks. So quickly few photos of the quite rare Horsehead Seal (also named Grey Seal) in the North Sea. You can see it mainly on Helgoland. The other places are not that easily acessible.

 

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