Saturday, December 19, 2015

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

The Scarlet-chested Sunbird is common sunbird in Africa. I like them because of the colors and I saw this bird in a garden in southern Ethiopia. 

scarlet-chested sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis)
scarlet-chested sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis)
scarlet-chested sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis)
scarlet-chested sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis)
scarlet-chested sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis)

The yellow flowers are a parasitic bush, maybe a Plicosepalus species.

Plicosepalus sp?

Linked with Viewing Nature with Eileen and I'D Rather B Birdin.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Exotic Birds on the Altmühlsee

The lake Altmühlsee is one of the best birding places in Bavaria and sometimes a wonderful place. Today I had some strange sights there. First was an African sacred ibis on the way to the lake, definitely not a native animal. He is ringed and maybe escaped somewhere, but there are some wild populations in France and Southern Europe.

 African sacred ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
 African sacred ibis.

 African sacred ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) in Germany
 African sacred ibis and a Egyptian Goose a real invasive species.

The second exotic bird was a Pink-backed pelican on the lake shore. He is perhaps a runaway too or a real very rare vagrant. The next breeding place of this species is several thousand kilometers away in the South of the Sahara.

Rötelpelikan am Altmühlsee
Pink-backed pelican.

Rötelpelikan am Altmühlsee
Pink-backed pelican

Pink-backed pelican (Pelecanus rufescens) in Germany
Pink-backed pelican




The third exotic meeting was with a Great northern loon, definitely a rare vagrant in the area. He is on the lake since several days and the reason for my trip.

Eistaucher am Altmühlsee
Great northern loon

Eistaucher am Altmühlsee
Great northern loon



Beside all these exotics, there were large groups of Common mergansers and Northern shoveler. They stay here for the winter.

Common Meganser (Mergus merganser) on the Altmühlsee
Common Megansers.

Common Meganser (Mergus merganser) on the Altmühlsee
Common Megansers.

Common Meganser (Mergus merganser) on the Altmühlsee
Common Megansers.

Gänsesäger am Altmühlsee
Common Meganser.

Löffelenten am Altmühlsee
Northern shovelers

And finally, the area is a good place to see smaller birds. The dense vegetation close to the water becomes more and more attractive to many smaller bird species.

common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Common moorhen
common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Kingfisher

Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
Bullfinch

Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Blue tit
Linked with Wild Bird Wednesday.


African Ticks

A tick that’s very common in Eastern Africa is this one. I’m not sure about the species, maybe it is a Bont-legged Tick (Hyalomma rufipes). They are moving very fast and I found a lot of them in my clothes, but I never had a bite. The size is surprisingly large, up to 1 cm. 

Head of a tick under the microscope
The head under the microscope.

 Bont-legged Tick (Hyalomma rufipes).

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mexican Poppy in Eastern Africa

Some flowers of Argemone ochroleuca, the Mexican poppy in Eastern Africa. This plant is introduced, very wide distributed and found in a wide range of habitats. In some areas like dry river beds or waste land, it may be the most common plant. 


Argemone ochroleuca, the Mexican poppy in Eastern Africa

Argemone ochroleuca, the Mexican poppy

Argemone ochroleuca macro photo


Linked with Macro Monday.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Harvest

The harvest in Ethiopia. This year the harvest had bad results in the Ethiopian mountains; the rain came too late and fail on the mature crops.

bales of straw

Harvest in Ethiopia

Shared with the Weekend in BLack and White

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Speckled Mousebirds

A funny bird is the Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus), a common bird in many African countries. They are very social birds, which appear in small flocks or as pair and they have a strict diet of fruits and leaves. For gardeners, they are usually no joy as they sometimes can defoliate the flowers of a bush or tree. But their movements are similar to a small mammal by climbing through branches and make them to the monkeys among birds. 

Speckled Mousebirds (Colius striatus)

Speckled Mousebirds (Colius striatus)

Speckled Mousebirds (Colius striatus)

Speckled Mousebirds (Colius striatus)
Linked with Wild Bird Wednesday.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Giraffes

I met these giraffes during a morning walk on the Lake Naivasha in Kenya. The area offers several opportunities for hiking safaris (on the lake or in the Hell’s Gate National Park), which are usually forbidden in most Kenyan national parks. The possibility to see wildlife is lower than by car, but it’s much more fascinating to meet such animals directly. 

giraffe Lake Naivasha

giraffe Lake Naivasha

giraffe Lake Naivasha

Birding was poor, maybe too hot or too late in the morning.

hadeda ibis (Bostrychia hagedash)
A Hadeda Ibis.

superb starling (Lamprotornis superbus)
Superb Starling

lilac-breasted roller (Coracias caudatus)
Lilac-breasted Roller

Friday, November 27, 2015

Kolmannskuppe

Kolmannskuppe is a former German city in the Namibian Desert and was built after they found a large diamond and started the exploitation of the diamond fields around (diamond rush in the late 19th and early 20th). Now, it is a ghost town in the diamond restricted area. 

Kolmannskuppe

Kolmannskuppe

Kolmannskuppe

Kolmannskuppe

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