Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Thrush vs Lizard

A short but dramatic fight between a thrush and a common lizard. The thrush tried to catch the lizard and was surprised by their aggressive behavior. After a while the bird gave up the fight and the lizard escaped without losing his tail. The photos have a low quality; I made it during a fence and a bush.

Thrush vs Lizzard

Thrush vs Lizzard

Thrush vs Lizzard

Thrush vs Lizzard

Thrush vs Lizzard

Thrush vs Lizzard

Thrush vs Lizzard
Lizard is on the right, hidden in the gras.
Linked with Wild Bird Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Birds of the swamps near Debre Zeyit in Ethiopia

Some birds from another trip around Debre Zeyit in Ethiopia. In the North of the village is a large swamp area famous for birdwatching. During winter time is a resting place for cranes. Unfortunately, I came too late for them.

the swamplands near Debre Zeyit
The swamplands near Debre Zeyit.

There were numerous waders and other birds. The photos are just a small impression of those I got with my camera.

 black-headed heron (Ardea melanocephala)
Black-headed Heron

 chestnut-backed sparrow-lark (Eremopterix leucotis)
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-lark

Eastern Chanting Goshawk (Melierax poliopterus)
Eastern Chanting Goshawk.

grey-headed gull (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus)
Far away and shy, a large flock of Grey-headed Gulls.

marsh sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)
A Marsh Sandpiper?

spur-winged plover (Vanellus spinosus) und a ruff
A Spur-winged Plover (Vanellus spinosus) und a Ruff.

 African sacred ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
African Sacred Ibis.

spotted redhanks and marsh sandpiper
Spotted Redshanks and Marsh Sandpipers.


wood sandpiper and black winged stilt
Black-winged Stilt and another piper.

yellow-billed egret (Mesophoyx intermedia)
Yellow-billed Egrets.
 Linked with Wild Bird Wednesday.

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Greenhouse Family

This greenhouse is for cultivating succulent plants in the botanical garden in Halle in Germany. Inside I found breeding blackbirds using the airshafts to move in and out of the house. It is a comfortable place, free of predators and with air condition. 

weibliche amsel am nest.
The female.

männliche amsel am nest
The male.

brütende amsel in einem gewächshaus
The nest.

And the greenhouse.
 Linked with Our World Tuesday

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Displaying Great Bustards at the Belziger Landschaftwiesen/Germany

I had a morning trip to the Belziger Landschaftwiesen, a nature protection site in Brandenburg in Germany. A good place to see Great Bustards and I were lucky to see them displaying. In the South of the village Freithal is an observation tower that provides a good view over the area.

The Belziger Landschaftswiesen
The area of the Belziger Landschaftswiesen.

Great bustards are the largest birds in central Europe and the male adults are possibly the heaviest living flying animals. They were almost extinct with 80 to 90 animals in the middle of the 90ths and have now about 200 individuals in Germany. The Belziger Landschaftswiesen has a population of approximately 70 individuals. From the observation point was a good view to a dozen of displaying males and several females. The displaying behavior of the bustards is a spectacular show with the males transforming into white bunches.

Großtrappen in den Belziger Landschaftwiesen

Großtrappen in den Belziger Landschaftwiesen

Großtrappen in den Belziger Landschaftwiesen

Großtrappen in den Belziger Landschaftwiesen

Großtrappen in den Belziger Landschaftwiesen

Großtrappen in den Belziger Landschaftwiesen

Großtrappen in den Belziger Landschaftwiesen
A displaying male and a female.

a male great bustard (Otis tarda) preparing displaying
preparing displaying

Großtrappen in den Belziger Landschaftwiesen

Großtrappen in den Belziger Landschaftwiesen

Great bustard displaying male
A displaying male.

Great bustard displaying male
and another one
Besides bustards still occur many other birds in the area. Some other birds during the trip were a red kite, larks and goldfinches.

European hare (Lepus europaeus) Belziger Landschaftwiesen

skylark

roter milan (Milvus milvus) belziger landschaftswiesen
Red Kite.

roter milan (Milvus milvus) belziger landschaftswiesen
Red Kite.

goldfinch
Goldfinch.

Shared with Wild Bird Wednesday.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Great Crested Grebe with Fish

A Great Crested Grebe with freshly caught breakfast.

great crested grebe with freshly caught fish

great crested grebe with freshly caught fish

rotfeder mit verletzung durch einen wasservogel
This small common rudd escaped a grebe or a cormorant and was hurt on the side.
Shared with Our World Tuesday.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Coypus in Halle(Saale)/Germany

Coypus (Myocastor coypus) are an invasive species in Germany. As tropical animals they are restricted to few places with warmer climate. These photos are made in Halle (Salle) in Saxony-Anhalt where they are very common along the Saale River. 

Coypus (Myocastor coypus)

Nutria in Halle Saale

Coypus in Halle(Saale)/Germany

Coypu in Halle(Saale)/Germany

Coypus in Halle(Saale) Germany

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