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Monday, May 10, 2010

Some birds of the Schilf-gürtel

The Schilf-gürtel ("reed girdle") is the band of reed beds that grows around the perimeter of Neusiedler See (Lake Neusiedl) and represents an important habitat for many species of birds. The post below shows the extent of it.

Here are a few pictures that I captured during my recent involvement with the Pannonian Bird Experience at the Seewinkel National Park in Burgenland, close to the Hungarian border in Austria (please refer to the post below). They are simply "record shots" and I claim no scientific or technical merit. Pictures are not processed, apart from a little cropping and some automatic adjustment. They are taken hand held with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 camera, often at the maximum 18x (486 mm) zoom.

Bearded Tit Panuris biarmicus is a reed bed specialist.
Look how agile this male holds on to the reed stalks.
This male is evidently collecting insects to feed his chick.

The elusive Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus eats the very fine seed of the flowers of the Phragmites reeds . Notice the needle sharp bill that can deal with the tiny seeds.

The Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius lives and nests on the muddy fringes
on the edges of the lake and open pools.


Blogger lorenzothellama said...

What a pretty little bird that bearded tit is. That position he is in has a name in yoga!

1:43 pm  
Anonymous alcessa said...

I agree, that bearded tit is a real poised beauty...

We've seen our first Little Ringed Plovers this year, too, in a similar environment. They are nice to look at as well, though Lapwings make me even happier...

THX for feeding my curiosity about the Neusiedler See, BTW. :-)

1:58 pm  
Blogger Badger said...

Your photos always astonish me Maalie. What you do with that Box Brownie is amazing.

2:43 pm  
Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

Love the delicate gray of that top bird. Lana and I saw some great birds yesterday at Big Branch.

4:36 pm  
Blogger simon said...

top shots...!

11:56 pm  
Blogger Merisi said...

That little acrobatic bird is a supershot!
Did you shoot it with a tripod?

I clicked on the bird and almost regretted it:
The grub in its beak came alive!

2:13 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

Such sweet looking birds, and such a breath of fresh air after all those politicos who are in the news right now ;-)

2:31 pm  
Blogger Scaredy Cat said...

Merisi, I think he shot it with a shotgun

4:23 pm  
Blogger Maalie said...

Thanks all for nice comments :-)

No tripod Merisi, am more for creeping up with hand-held. Those little birds are far too mobile, they would not hang around watching one set up a tripod ;-)

4:34 pm  
Blogger Sunshine said...

Maalie,All the shots are nice but best one of all of them is the 4th one .. Love that shot great job as usual!

8:07 pm  
Blogger Maalie said...

Thank you Sunshine, that is so kind of you :-)

9:25 pm  
Blogger simon said...

ringed plover- is that the same as the one I saw in Cumbria?

11:26 pm  
Blogger Pooch Morning Glory said...

hi maalie
that little yoga guy makes me happy.
too cute

also thx for visiting me. in answer to your question i have a couple links.

also if you google radionics you get both sides of the story.

if you have any other questions, send me an email address ....

cheers from canada

11:46 pm  
Blogger simon said...

Mate- saw an Australian Brush turkey today! First one ver!

8:23 am  
Blogger Lana Gramlich said...

Oh wow...that bearded tit is such a beautiful yet understated bird! Thanks for sharing. :)

4:03 am  

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