Blue tit poses

Photos taken with a Nikon D3300 + Nikkor 55-200mm VR

Here you can watch a short film about three blue tits chicks leaving the nest and there of one getting fed by its parents at my window.

Location: Bayreuth, Germany

The cranes of Bayreuth

white-naped crane (Grus or Antigone vipio) from the Tierpark Röhrensee, a mini-zoo situated in Bayreuth, Germany. The few cages and enclosures are distributed along the alleys of a small public park, on free display for its visitors.

I caught the birds in the middle of a preening session.

These birds are native of Eastern Asia (see range map including winter migrations below) where their conservation status Continue reading

New Year, New Style

This young, unexperienced Black Redstart somehow nearly got himself scalped. With a face like this, Apache is the first name that came to my mind when the bird became a regular at my window feeder. Who would imagine a bird’s head is so flat without all the fluffy down to cover it!

Location: Bayreuth, Germany

Bird sickness, bird boldness?

What could have happened to this adult common blackbird male: fight, predator attack or disease? The bird was not shy but looked a little disoriented and kept staring at me for a while before flying away.

Location: Bayreuth, Germany