Visit to Germany
15th - 20th August 2010
is a sample of photos taken during a week-long business trip to Bruchsal,
in south-west Germany.
(Click o the photos to enlarge)
|Bridge with flowers, just a block or two from the hotel|
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.
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.
= 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.|
|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.|
Birds from the Black Forest
Just about everything I saw this day was a lifer!
- Anthus trivialis
- 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.?)
Seen at NSG Wagbachniederung
Red slug - Arion rufus - Seen in numbers on a path near Walthersee, many of them flattened by shoes, tires, etc.
Pieris rapae, seen in the Black Forest
Pieris napi, seen at Walthersee
Yellow Shell - Camptogramma bilineata - Geometridae - a small moth Seen at Walthersee
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
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
- 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
Argentinian Long-nosed Tree Snake - Philodrias baroni
(N. Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay)
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