vogelfoto

2

Alpine Chough ~ Alpendohle ~ Chocard à bec jaune ~ Pyrrhocorax graculus

2014 © Jesse Alveo

Yellow beak, red legs, lots of snow and ice! Had a wonderful afternoon yesterday with my very special, high alpine feathered friends: the gang of Alpine Choughs - not coughs!!! - at Untersberg in Austria. They are real corvids by nature, bold and kind, curious and clever. If you take a closer look at picture one, you will spot one of the many aspects that make wild bird photography so fascinating - you can see the reflection of the birds’ habitat - no cage bars - in their gleaming eyes. :-)

Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill ~ Östlicher Gelbschnabeltoko ~ Tockus flavirostris

Against the light you can see that the extremely touch-sensitive high precision tool - the beak - contains a lot of blood vessels. One reason why birds hate their beaks being touched - and something that renders the clipping of chickens’ beaks in factory farming absolutely unacceptable.   

2014 © Jesse Alveo

2

House Sparrow ~ Haussperling ~ Passer domesticus

2014 © Jesse Alveo

House Sparrow mass bath orgy at a sweet water puddle on the beach in France. This was funnnnn to watch. ;-) 

Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill ~ Östlicher Gelbschnabeltoko ~ Tockus flavirostris

This is a non-DSLR picture!

2014 © Jesse Alveo

Hello!, says the Blue-and-yellow Macaw ~ Gelbbrustara ~ Ara ararauna

Thank you for following BIRDSONLY!

2014 © Jesse Alveo

Black-headed Gull (summer plumage) ~ Lachmöwe (Sommerkleid) ~ Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Larus ridibundus

2014 © Jesse Alveo

I’m not sure if it’s the non-existent German winter that makes some of these birds go through their molt super early. Summer plumage in the beginning of February! (You can see the bird in the background is still dressed winter-appropriate. ;-)

Did you know that compared to other bird species, these gulls are really long-lived? They can become older than 30 years!

House Sparrow (female) ~ Haussperling (Henne) ~ Passer domesticus

2014 © Jesse Alveo