Category Archives: spring 2018

exploring the world

Three pied avocet babies on their way to explore the big wide world.

Two pied avocet babies leaving mom’s protective wings while two other chicks are still underneath her belly.

The world is a cruel place. An adult punishes a baby pied avocet by biting it in its head, because it has entered a territory which was not its parents.

common terns

For me there is nothing common about the common tern. I think it’s a very elegant and streamlined bird with a fascinating way of courting.
The first photo shows a male flying by, on his way to hunt for fish for his female partner.

Female forming a nesting pit in the shell island. Or maybe this is all a part of the courtship and bonding between male and female, who knows?

Male shouting to other species in the air to prevent them from landing in its territory.

spring at last

Male common redstart perched on a blossom twig.
After a long and sometimes very cold winter we may rejoice now in a beautiful warm and sunny spring. Many bird species returned to our small country to feed and breed.

Sedge warbler doing credit to its name.

Mating oystercatchers

Common redshank shouting

Black-tailed godwit landing

Barn swallow singing

Common coot with newborn baby