Postcards from the Edge – Birds
Posted on August 6, 2015
This is an absolute paradise for birds. Wherever we walk, we see birds, among them many species we have never known before. Whether feeding their young, fishing for their dinner, taking their little ones for a swim, or performing aerial ballets, we could watch them forever.
This notecard consists of several photos which, I hope, will show you why we are so fascinated by the local bird life. We’ll start with a bird familiar to all people who live near a coast, the seagull, but of course this is the local sea gull: Silbermöwe, or Silver Gull:
Another type of gull is the beautiful Laughing Gull.
An elegant, graceful bird is the Seeschwalbe, a local tern.
We watched this one fish in a Priel,
come up with a little silver fish,
and fly off with it.
One of the ubiquitous, beautiful, but also very noisy, birds is the Oyster Catcher. They are everywhere and breed, like many of these birds, in the open grasslands. They are very protective of their young and try to warn us, by shrieking insistently and flying around us, that a young one may be close and to please get out of there. We have to be fast and non-threatening to take their pictures. Here Mama Oyster Catcher is taking her little one out for a walk.
This is a Rotschenkel, or Red Thigh (the name sounds better in German).
A new-to-us bird is the Säbelschnäbler, so named because its beak resembles a saber. What a joy when we first “met” it, in grasslands near a Priel. It was quite far away, and we didn’t get too close a look at it. But on other occasions we encountered these birds fairly close-up. We were especially enchanted when we saw dozens of them one evening, near the walkway by the coast, performing a seemingly choreographed aerial ballet. We took lots of pictures, but we have only room for a few:
Lots of Priels, lots of ducks. Who isn’t moved by a Mama duck and her brood:
The Eiderente is a very colorful duck which is molting at this time. But we can still see this male duck in his beautiful black and white outfit.
A couple of smaller birds that we see, but not too frequently, are the Alpenstrandläufer and the Steinwälzer.
To live with and near these beautiful birds is a special treat for us.