Bee-eaters at Geiseltal

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July 2008
During the last weeks I regularly went to an area called Geiseltal near Merseburg
in central Germany. It was a brown coal pit till 1994. Now the area will be
transformed to an immense water landscape for all kinds of sports and freetime
activities.
Some animals which life in this really rare type of habitat will would disappear
– for example: Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris or Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla.

One of the outstanding species there is the European Bee-eater Merops apiaster.
The area inhabits around 100 breeding pairs and one can easily see one of these
beauties. Unfortunately nature photographers hassle even breeding birds at their
nesting tubes to get “very special” shots.

080803, European Bee-eater Merops apiaster, Geiseltal, Germany

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photo credit:
Human Homo sapiens © Marcus Held | After Nature
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster © Marcus Held | After Nature
Human Geiseltal © Marcus Held | After Nature
Human Geiseltal © Marcus Held | After Nature
Human Homo sapiens © Marcus Held | After Nature