Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Shelducks and some waders

Some birds, seen during a walk on the lake in Kauerlach close to Nuremberg. It is good birding site for waders. The Common Shelducks are rare in the area.

Common Shelducks in Southern Germany
Common Shelducks

Common Greenshank in Southern Germany
A Greenshank.

Flock of green sandpipers in Southern Germany
A flock of Green Sandpipers. 

A ruff and a greenshank on a lake
A ruff and a greenshank (?).
Linked with Wild Bird Wednesday.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Flowers of the Death Mountain Range

The Death Mountain Range (Totes Gebirge) is part of the Northeastern Alps in Austria. The name comes from a lack of water in mountains and a sparse vegetation in the alpine areas. But it is a protected area famous for the flora. I made this photos during a walk on the Warscheneck and Toter Mann mountain.

Totes Gebirge Österreich
The death mountain range in Austria. 

Death Man Mountain Austria
On the Toter Mann (Death Man mountain). 

death man mountain Austria

The photos are made from the forest to the alpine area. It is just a small selection of flowers, sometimes the way is like walking through a garden. I did my best best to find out the species, but errors are possible. 

Anemone narcissiflora Narcissus-flowered anemone and false aster Aster bellidiastrum
Narcissus-flowered anemone and False Aster (Aster bellidiastrum).

Anemone narcissiflora im Toten Gebirge
Narcissus-flowered anemone (Anemone narcissiflora)

Breitblättriges Hornkraut Cerastium latifolium im Toten Gebirge
Cerastium latifolium

Buphthalmum salicifolium, the German name is Ochsenauge (Ox Eye). 

Campanula scheuchzeri im Toten Gebirge
Campanula scheuchzeri, Scheucherz Bellflower.

A large gentian.

Gentiana orbicularis round leaved gentian in Austria
Round-leaved Gentian (Gentiana orbicularis).

Gentiana orbicularis in Austria
And another gentian. 

Helianthemum alpestre rock rose in the Alps
Rock Rose (Helianthemum alpestre).

Lilium bulbiferum fire lily in Austria
Fire Lily (Lilium bulbiferum).

Lilium martagon Martagon or Turks cap lily in the Alps
 Martagon (Lilium martagon).

marsh orchids in the Alps
Marsh orchids are very common in the forests around the mountains.

Primula auricula mountain cowslip in the Alps
Mountain Cowslip (Primula auricula). 

Rhododendron hirsutum the hairy alpenrose in Austria
Hairy Alpenrose (Rhododendron hirsutum). 

Silene acaulis moss campion in the Alps
Moss Campion (Silene acaulis).

Veronica fruticans rock speedwell in the Alps
Rock Speedwell (Veronica fruticans).
 Linked with 
I Heart Macro and Macro Monday.

Chamois in the Austrian Alps

I saw this group of Chamois during a mountain tour in the Death Mountain range (Totes Gebirge) in the Austrian Alps. It was a hot summer day and first they were lying on a ice field in the sun, a good idea with cooling from the ground and the sun from above. Later, after some clouds covered the sun, a goat with three lambs (very rare, normally they have one or two) went to grazing on an alpine meadow.

Chamois in the Austrian Alps
Chamois on a ice field. 

Chamois herd in the Austrian Alps
The goat with three lambs.

Chamois goat with three lamps in the Austrian Alps.

Birding was poor, all the alpine species I expected to see, were on vacation in other mountains (:-(). There were some Alpine Chough flying over us, but I had to survive the way at this moment (very steep). At the end there was a pair of Alpine Accentors on a snow field. The only birds to photograph in three days. 

Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris) on a snow field
Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris).

Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris) in the death mountain range
Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris).

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Barn Swallows

A flock of young barn swallows. They become rare in our area due to industrialized farming and a lack of nesting sites.

Young barn swallow Hirundo rustica

barn swallow Hirundo rustica

two young barn swallow Hirundo rustica

Shared with Wild Bird Wednesday.

Monday, July 21, 2014


A small spider in the garden, I had not the time to determine the species. There were hundreds of them.

small spider

spider in the net

Shared with Sweet Shot Tuesday and Our Word Tuesday.
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