This spring, two friends and I managed to visit one of the remotest central Asian countries: Tajikistan. A country with breath-taking landscapes, full of lovely people and amazing animals. With swamps as well as deserts next to Afghanistan and most part of the country being a high mountain region, life is not easy here. I will surely tell and show more from this trip, but here is already a short impression.
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
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.
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 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
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!