Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gemmi Pass 2270m

one of the few moments without clouds

Rather unlucky with the weather but the large raptors did make some flights, although rather distant. Spectaculair place and on the list for a revisit with bright weather! A few Snow Finches we only flybys.
Gypaete barbu, the king!
Alpine Accentor
Alpine Chough
and then there was snow!

always thrilling Golden Eagle
The previous Ring-necked Duck was an escape indeed.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Do you believe in ducks?

I do not, especially inland ducks always look suspicious. This afternoon I found a male Ring-necked Duck in river Dommel, just south of Nijnsel. I did not have the time to check the wings and legs thouroughly but I do not believe this can be a genuine wild bird (although it was rather shy).
not very typical habitat...

Anyway, I will add some more images from last weekend (Switserland) soon.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

More Cranes!!

Again massive Crane-migration today! The weather felt like the start of summer with temperatures of 20+ C and triggered the remaining birds to return home. Bargerveen proved to be a good spot again and early afternoon I counted 8 flocks of in total 111 Cranes, often thermalling on the warm air.

Brilliant birds!