I put together a compilation of bird observations and photos from the Seewinkel region in the winter of 2012/13 (in german) for my employer. You can download it here.
During the last five days, I was guiding a group of BirdLife Austria through the Po Delta/Italy. We had wonderful observations of many of the wanted species. I finished the trip report (in german) while on the bus trip back to Vienna: click here (9 MB). This wasn’t a photo-trip at all, but I still managed to get some shots – see a selection below.
Tomorrow starts the Pannonian Bird Experience, Austrias birdwatching fair in the national park Lake Neusiedl – Seewinkel.
Mit den herausragenden Illustrationen des ungarischen Natur-Malers Szabolcs Kókay habe ich ein Poster mit 60 häufigen Vogelarten Mitteleuropas herausgegeben.
Es ist in DIN-A1 Größe (84 x 59,4 cm) auf 130g Offsetpapier gedruckt. Die Artnamen sind auf Deutsch, Englisch und Latein angeführt. Das Poster kann ab zwei Stück zu je EUR 8,- + Versand- und Verpackungskosten, je nach Zielland, bestellt werden. Einzelstücke können gerne ohne zusätzliche Kosten in Graz und Wien selbst abgeholt werden. Zur Bestellung nutzen Sie bitte die e-mail Adresse hier.
The outstanding illustrations of 60 common bird species of central Europe by the hungarian wildlife artist Szabolcs Kókay are featured on a new poster I have published.
It’s DIN-A1 (84 x 59,4 cm) in size, printed on 130g offset paper. Names are included in German, English and Latin. You can order two or more pieces for EUR 8,- each + shipping and packing costs, depending on where you live. If you like to order, please contact me via this address.
In Austria, the winter of 2012/13 has been the one with the least sunshine of all time. After some sunny days during the last two weeks, people were starting to hope again for spring to arrive. There’s no reason to hope. Today, according to ORF, we experienced one of the coldest spring days in eastern Austria – ever. With new snow, even in the dry, easternmost parts of the country.
I’m currently putting together a review of my winter observations in the top birdwatching-area Neusiedler See – Seewinkel.
For now, you’ll find just some of today’s images of birds in the snow – including some obviously disappointed long-distance migrants which now face a serious problem.
Not much words about this album. Peru was more about travelling and watching, less about photography (as in Ecuador and the Galapagos, I didn’t carry a 500mm lens with me). The only opportunities where I could take at least some photos were the fabulous Paracas national park and Huacachina oasis, near Ica. All photos taken in August 2012.
The first leg of my recent voyage to South America was partly a birdwatching trip at most. I travelled Ecuador for nearly three weeks with my brother and his workmate Tina. As I learned from previous journeys, birding on a trip with non-birders is hardly possible and is well able to create discontent in a group. So I limited my passion to a minimum and more or less travelled as an average tourist, so far as this is possible for me… The longest lens I had with me was the (magnificent!) Nikkor AF-S 300mm f4, besides a 70-200mm, 60mm and 18-55mm.
We focused on getting a good overview of the country with its arid coast, high Andes and the rainforest of the Amazon basin and the, for my standards, epic climb of Chimborazo volcano, the highest mountain of Ecuador and the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the Earth’s center. We succeeded on July 14, more than one month after the last successful roped party.
Finally, a post I prepared months ago.. These are the last photos I’ll post from the desert regions of Morocco (- before I’ll hopefully find time to edit some images from South America.) All of them are from south of the High and Anti Atlas Mountains, most from Tagdilt track, Dades gorge and the Guelmim area.
I processed some more photos of my recent trip to Morocco with A. & M. Tiefenbach, before they pass out of mind. In the upcoming posts, I’ll focus on the desert regions we visited in February. These were the Tafilalt along river Ziz in the east, the bare plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains and the Guelmim-Es Semara region in the south of the country.
Rising in the Middle Atlas and flowing to the south, the river Ziz leaves the High Atlas north of Errachidia, nourishing the largest oasis of Morocco, the Tafilalt region. This area in the east of the country is particularily interesting for birdwatchers, hosting some of Morocco’s most sought-after species such as Barbary Falcon, several species of sandgrouse, Pharaoh Eagle Owl, Egyptian Nightjar, Maghreb Wheatear, Scrub Warbler, Desert Warbler, Fulvous Babbler and Desert Sparrow – just to name a few.