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Visit to Germany
15th - 20th August 2010
Copyright (C) 2009 - Alec Earnshaw

Here is a sample of photos taken during a week-long business trip to Bruchsal, in south-west Germany.

I was 3 days in Bruchsal for a course. I then had a free day there, and my plane following evening from Frankfurt.
A highlight of the trip was to have met Klemens and Ariane, "friends of friends" but who are now FRIENDS. They were incredibly kind to me. Klemens is a highly-skilled birder, and they took me out on two afternoons to wonderful places to see birds, and we had a great time. I'm deeply endebted to them.

The places I was able to visit for some birding are:
- Brief streamside strolls in downtown Bruchsal
Quick visit to the castle grounds in Bruchsal
- Evening walk to Walthersee, a lagoon in the northern suburbs of Bruchsal
- Afternoon at NSG Wagbachniederung, a nature reserve near Waghäusel, some 15 km NW from Bruchsal "as the crow flies"
- Afternoon drive through parts of the Black Forest
- Hurried visit to Frankfurt zoo, where I got decent photos of some common birds, as well as of some caged animals

Thanks for visiting this page - Alec Earnshaw
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Bridge with flowers, just a block or two from the hotel

Street view

The stream running through the town, and around the Bierhaus!
Here were some Mallards, Woodpidgeons, the Grey Wagtail and a trout.
The schloss, or castle, by day...
...and by night.
A roof, as seen from my hotel room.

There were some nice buildings, but I only snapped this dome.

View of the lagoon known as Walthersee. Actually it seems to belong, or is used, by a private helath club. There are sun decks near the entrance, but there is a kind of nature trail all around the lagoon. Here were 2 Great Crested Grebes, each with 2 chicks, Coots, Greenfinches, Blue Tits, Blackbirds, and I saw 2 or 3 LBJs dissapear into the reeds, which might have been reedwarblers, as it seemed the right habitat.
North of the lagoon, next to cultivated fields, I saw my first Yellowhammer.
Water lilies

NSG Wagbachniederung
Natureschutzgeviet = Natural protected area, right?
or... NSG for short!

Entrance sign at NSG Wagbachniederung

View of one of the lagoons at the NSG. From this spot, with Klemens & Ariane, we saw a number of shorebirds: Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Grenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff and Dunlin. Other birds: Cormorant, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Canada Goose, Goshawk, Marsh Tern, Swift and others.

Black Forest
I took the train from Bruchsal to Baden-baden (changing at Karlsruhe). Here I was picked up by Klemens and Ariane, and we then drove southeast along the "high Black Forest road" towards the town of Freudenstadt.

We made a stop at Schliffkopf from where I took these forest panoramics

Schliffkopf viewing point
Fields of heather at Schliffkopf. Here we saw: Nutcracker, Common Crossbill and Crested Tit, the last 2 being lifers. On the road before we had seen Common & Honey Buzards, Raven and Coal Tit, all lifers, or at least sightings confirmed by an expert, as I must have seen Comon Buzards before.
Later we stopped at Ruhestein
A wind farm in the black forest. These devices might seem "eco-friendly" but many large birds are killed in collisions, since the speed of the blades near the tips is extremely fast.
Klemens told me there is no natural forest left in Germany. The Black Forest now is virtually pure spruce, used for wood. An insect, found only were there is pure spruce, is helping to diversify the habitat, as it harms the trees and so causes openeings for other species to take hold.

Following is a selection of 78 photos covering 21 species of birds as well as 1 mammal, 1 fish, 1 slug & 4 butterfly species

Birds from Bruchsal

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Most duck species were in eclipse plumage at this time of year, so not easy to identify
Photo 6 is a juvenile. Photo 7 & 8 are hybrids with other species

- Gallinula chloropus

- Columba palumbus

Grey Wagtail
- Motacilla cinerea

Birds from Walthersee and nearby areas

Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatus
Photos 6, 7 & 8 are of the chick

Grey Heron
- Ardea cinerea

- Turdus merula
A fledgeling (?) in a small ochard

- Emberiza citrinella
A female, and a Lifer!

Birds from NSG Wagbachniederung

Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis

Mute Swan - Cygnus olor

Lesser Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus

Willow Warbler
- Phylloscopus trochilus

Birds from the Black Forest

Just about everything I saw this day was a lifer!

Common Buzard - Buteo buteo

Tree Pipit - Anthus trivialis

Black Redstart - Phoenicurus ochruros
1, 3 & 4: juveniles - 2: female - 5: male

Blue Tit - Parus caeruleus

Coal Tit - Parus ater
Adult with juvenile - and Lifer!

Common Crossbill - Loxia curvirostra
Female - and a Lifer as well!

Wild birds photographed at Frankfurt Zoo

Collared Dove - Streptopelia decaocto

Carrion Crow - Corvus corone corone

House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
Male & female (or juv.?)

Other aninals...

Roe Deer
Seen at NSG Wagbachniederung

A trout?

Red slug - Arion rufus - Seen in numbers on a path near Walthersee, many of them flattened by shoes, tires, etc.

Butterfly 1
Pieris rapae, seen in the Black Forest

Butterfly 2
Pieris napi, seen at Walthersee

Butterfly 3
Yellow Shell - Camptogramma bilineata - Geometridae - a small moth Seen at Walthersee

Butterfly 4
Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta, seen at NSG Wagbachniederung

Following is a selection of 67 photos covering 22 species of birds as well as 4 mammal species & 2 reptile species

Captive animals photographed at Frankfurt Zoo


Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis

White Pelican -
Pelecanus onocrotalus

Chilean Flamingo - Phoenicopterus chilensis

Scarlet Ibis - Eudocimus ruber

Boat-billed Heron - Cochlearius cochlearius

Demoiselle Crane - Anthropoides virgo

Goosander - Mergus merganser

Red-breasted Goose - Branta ruficollis

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos

Pintail - Anas acuta

Shoveller - Anas clypeata

Shelduck - Tadorna tadorna

Red-crested Pochard - Netta rufina

Goldeneye - Bucephala clangula

King Vulture - Sarcoramphus papa

Coot - Fulica atra

Sunbittern - Heliornis fulica

Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta

Curlew - Nimenius arquata

Egyptian Plover - Pluvianus aegyptius

Lesser Black-headed Gulls - Larus ridibundus

Common Bee-eater - Merops apiaster


Sumatran Orangutan - Pongo abelii

Okapi - Okapia johnstoni

Black Rhinoceros - Diceros bicornis

Patagonian Mara - Dolichotis patagonum


Long-nosed Viper - Vipera ammodytes
(South-west Europe)

Argentinian Long-nosed Tree Snake - Philodrias baroni
(N. Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay)

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