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.

8 comments:

  1. Hello, awesome post and wonderful sighting. The buzzard's displaying is really cool. Great photos. Have a great day!

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  2. Very interesting post. It is terrific that these birds were saved from extinction. The male display is fantastic and your description os "white bunches" is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Great series of birds! The Great bustard is a very new bird to me.

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  4. Reminds me of a turkey, but smaller. Interesting mating shots. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Absolutely wonderful getting to see their displaying behaviors! I had never seen a bustard until we saw one in the zoo here in Tucson, and it was delightful seeing them through your blog in the wild!

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  6. What a great opportunity to see the Bustard displaying! Looks like a wonderful place to visit several times.

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