Bird Watching - Birding images

The bird watching challenge ...

From the photographer's point of view, watching and shooting birds though tele snipers is another fascinating highlight within the discipline of outdoor photography.

Curious people like me, always like to know what species they deal with. Literature and other equipment need to be organized, and then one may dive into the fascinating world of bird's life.

Though the subsequent image selection mainly presents

standard situations, especially newcomers in bird watching will enjoy them. Scroll down to select.

My focus is to show the animals within their natural habitat and behaving typically. Nice portraits are fine, but not my only objective.

Most of my images were taken using the digital SLR camera, some are scanned from the analog film and few were taken through the spotting scope.

The National Park Neusiedlersee Seewinkel is my preferred photo- and bird watching ground. It is located in the southeastern corner of Austria.

A small part of my material stems from journeys to northern Europe. Typical bird rocks at shorelines are my preferred photo locations there.

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Each of the subsequent preview thumbnails stands for a small gallery of associated images presenting the species. Select a gallery by clicking on the thumbnail or the text link right in the caption field. All galleries consist of preview images and selectable enlarged shots with typically 650 pixels image width.

Because I'm not native in English, certain specific birding terminology might be used incorrect. In case you detect such faults drop me a line please!


I want to start with a documentation of the Great White Egret. It's a magnificent large bird with about 190 cm wing span and totally white plumage. At NP territory one may watch them hunting at water and at ground environments.


This one is the Redshank gallery. These birds of similar size like blackbirds regularly appear at the national park every spring. The little ringed plover is the second species which is included in this gallery.

  Storks are very popular around the lake Neusiedl. On many roofs the typical stork nests may be observed. But focus of this gallery is ground hunting.  
  Black-tailed Godwits are elegant waders. Searching for prey, and plumage care are themes of this gallery. (top of page)  
  Spotted Redshanks are rather rare species at the national park. Lapwings are the second species of this gallery.  
  Lapwings belong to the group of early spring messengers. The second half of February they appear at and over their breeding territories. Spotted Redshanks are in this gallery too.  
  Seagulls are very common birds. This gallery deals with the Black-headed Gull, the second species included in this gallery is the white stork. (top of page)  
  Legendary is one of my attributes for Ruffs. Legendary because of the fancy courtship behavior. Unfortunately most birds have only stop over rests here when going northwards to their breeding territories.  
  Little ringed plovers are very interesting small waders. Snowy plovers and ringed plovers are occurring too at the national park. Redshanks are the second species of this gallery.  
  Black-winged Stilts have an exotic appearance. Very long legs support a rather small body, a body which a bit looks like a stork en miniature. Avocets are the second species of this gallery. (top of page)  
  A significant characteristic of the Avocet is its upturned bill shape. Constantly sweeping the bills in shallow pools is their way of detecting prey. Gallery together with Black-winged Stilts.  
  Gallery with shoreline birds: Razorbill, Brunnich's Guillemots, Puffins and Northern Fulmars are included.  
  Shags are a bit smaller than Cormorants. They are included with this gallery too. (top of page)  
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