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 Post subject: Re: Iberian Nature Photography
PostPosted: September 4th, 2010, 3:52 pm 
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The beautiful kingfisher. !
When they fly, a flashing blue shadow.
Here in the Netherlands have many not survive the winter.

Same in northern germany. More than 80% died. Have not seen one at "my place" this year :cry:


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Fleur wrote:
The beautiful kingfisher. !
When they fly, a flashing blue shadow.
Here in the Netherlands have many not survive the winter.

Same in northern germany. More than 80% died. Have not seen one at "my place" this year :cry:

Was that because these kingfishers don't migrate?


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alice44 wrote:
fireblade1 wrote:
Fleur wrote:
The beautiful kingfisher. !
When they fly, a flashing blue shadow.
Here in the Netherlands have many not survive the winter.

Same in northern germany. More than 80% died. Have not seen one at "my place" this year :cry:

Was that because these kingfishers don't migrate?

Yes, here the kingfisher is a resident bird. The last winter was too long too cold.
The german name of this "flying diamond" is Eisvogel= Icebird. I do not know why


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 Post subject: Re: Iberian Nature Photography
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fireblade1 wrote:
alice44 wrote:
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Same in northern germany. More than 80% died. Have not seen one at "my place" this year :cry:

Was that because these kingfishers don't migrate?

Yes, here the kingfisher is a resident bird. The last winter was too long too cold.
The german name of this "flying diamond" is Eisvogel= Icebird. I do not know why


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Kingfisher
I think it's always fun to watch, the man or woman.
The female is identical in appearance to the male except that her lower mandible is orange-red with a black tip.


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 Post subject: Re: Iberian Nature Photography
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An Egyptian vulture circling in the air:

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Really happy Birgit was not about that, because the sailors had to fly only with moving their wings, no sailing at all. And by that the accidents might happen. Thanks to God they didn’t experience any disasters with fatal ending, but these rotating windmills during bird migration on a day like yesterday is a disaster itself.

Bird migration - Tarifa: September 4 2010

Usually Birgit is not that serious, but somehow yesterday she came back from Tarifa quite serious and hopes, that the sailors soon can sail again high up in the sky to Africa!

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Birgit just came back from a wonderful week of holiday at the Guadalquivir. It was sooo gorgeous! Step by step Birgit will post the reports. Yes, there will be several reports, because otherwise you'll feel the same way likeBirgit who just lived with a high adrenalin level!

Because at whom it isn't increasing when a juvenile ringed osprey is putting himself in position with its lunch?

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The first part of the report you'll find here:

Saline at Bonanza - Part 1

Soon part 2 will follow

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But also the beloved waders were present, just imagine, curlew sandpipers etc ...

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... were looking just four meters away happily for food:

Saline at Bonanza- Part 2 - waders

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:loveshower: Thank you for another group of photographs,including ospreys ( Have informed Loch of the Lowes forum of the sighting,they will know who to contact ) and of course some lovely sighting of our beloved Black Storks,very special to all of us here in the forum. :bow: :D

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At the salines of Bonanza there are many basins and lagoons you cannot see into. But occasionally there are saline workers or also fishermen on the way and then the guys, which were hidden fly off. As for example the huge flocks of white spoonbills:

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The third and last part of this terrific observation area ate the salines you find here:

Salines at Bonanza - Part 3

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It would be great, Macdoum, if we could find out something more about the ringed osprey. Thank´s for your help! :)


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Today a short chapter about the pine forests of Algaida ...

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... and the tidal flats of Montijo:

Tidal flat of Montijo and pine forests of Algaida

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Time for the huge stork population! Don't you think so!?

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Except for the about 2000 white storks Birgit discovered many more at the Guadalquivir and Brazo de Este.

Here the report:

Guadalquivir and Brazo de Este

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Birgit just says, that they had been speechless at the places. Also at Cañada de Rianzuela.

Pleae have a look. There are white storks and that means thousands on the other side of the Guadalquivir:

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The lagoon at Rianzuelo seemed to be a waterhole like in Africa

Here you find the photo report:

El Rocio and Cañada de Rianzuela

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Here is the last part of the travel report coming from the National Park of Doñana:

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They apologize there, that hardly any birds are to be seen, but who looks closer and listen to good advices will find the water places. And there they are all:

The phot report you'll find here:

Doñana: Acebuche and J.A. Valverde

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It would be great, Macdoum, if we could find out something more about the ringed osprey. Thank´s for your help! :)


I have just heard; The Osprey is a German bird. :nod:

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I have just heard; The Osprey is a German bird. :nod:


Thank you very much, Macdoum that is very interesting!

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Yesterday Birgit discovered two kestrels in the air above her garden …

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… which in high speed performed acrobatically flight maneuvers. At this time of the year that couldn’t have anything to do with courtship display. They were hunting for insects in the air!

Here you will find the short report:

Kestrels hunting insects

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Thank you Brit.. some more beautiful photographs. We learn something else. :nod:

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In Birgits garden the perimmons are ripe and black birds and warblers have to share the sweet fruits with a special migratory, namely the garden warblers, which are only to be seen here at migration. And Birgit was lucky enough that a small flock took a break in the garden to feed for the long migration. Not really easy to make photos from these shy guys which love to hide in the leaves, but a few photos came off.

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And here is one of the shortest reports:

Garden warblers on autumn migration

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Also today Birgit could watch the bird migration so to say in front of her doorsteps, because during a nice walk at the beach she discovered this cute sanderling:

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Altogether there was a group of about 20 birds, who lively and totally restless were looking for food at the beach. Here you find the complete photo report:

Sanderlings in the winter habitat

So they arrived in the Mediterranean region coming from their breeding areas in the Arctic!

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