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Profen II

February 2019 A field trip into a former coal mine (the landscape around Leipzig is strongly shaped by huge, primeval appearing wounds of the earth’s surface) raises some questions with the critical environmentalist. In addition to the bizarre beauty of these impressive landscapes, you will find views into the a small window of geological history, …

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Mongolia

July 2014 In May/June 2013 I accompanied a small group consisting of three experienced field ornithologists and bird ringers from Mongolia, Germany and the UK plus a driver and a cook from Ulaanbaatar for a short expedition through western central-mongolia. Erdenesant PFR07717-1, 2-10, 130522, Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla, excitement call, Erdenesant, Mongolia PFR07773, 2-10, 130523 …

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Greifswalder Oie IV

December 2010 During the second half of December I visited the isle Greifswalder Oie another time (german Baltic Sea). As expected, there was a lot of snow and for a few days the coast around the isle was frozen – some parts even to the horizon. 101222, Northern Raven Corvus corax, pair, display flight This …

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Hissing and clicking

July 2009 What do you think you hear in this recording? A clockwork? A model railroad? Or maybe a snake? 090713, Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla, juveniles, near Leipzig, Germany Yesterday I ringed some juvenile Wrynecks Jynx torquilla. What you can hear is their defense call. For me it was quite an impressive experience to see …

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Greifswalder Oie III

May 2009 In early Spring I was on the isle Greifswalder Oie for the third time. It was quite a different situation as in Autumn. Only a few birds were migrating, what gave me enough time for single individuals, studying their fragmentary, incomplete songs “on the road”. Earlier the year the Club 300 Germany started …

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Greifwalder Oie II

January 2009 During my second trip to the isle Greifswalder Oie in December 2008 I found me confronted with a completely new situation. There were no migrating birds at all. On the whole island were only a few songbirds, a pair of Northern Raven Corvus corax made display flights, a straying flock of Hooded Crows …

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Greifwalder Oie I

December 2008 During October I was at a bird ringing station on a small isle called Greifswalder Oie. It is situated in the Baltic Sea in Northeastern Germany. For me, this trip offered a complete new view on bird migration. In the area around my hometown Leipzig, bird migration was for me, until now, only …

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