subsequent images were taken at the National Park Neusiedlersee
Seewinkel which is located in the south eastern corner of Austria.
page deals with Redshanks (Tringa totanus), and Little Ringed Plovers
(Charadrius dubius). Every year both species appear here for breeding
purpose. Most photos of this page were taken in April and May 2003.
are birds of similar size like blackbirds. The European breeding
territories are occupied about end of March. The name Redshank stems
from the bright red leg color, which is presented in summer. Scroll
are straight and pointed. At the head side it starts red and continuous
getting darkish. Redshanks are noisy birds, they have a typical
flight voice and penetrating alarm calls.
are well hided between the growing vegetation and typically populated
by four eggs. Both birds alternate in breeding and both take care
for the cubs.
ringed Plovers are small birds of about 15 cm length. A significant
difference to other Plovers is the yellow eye ring. Little ringed
Plover's activity continues to gloaming and nocturnal hours.
are running with very fast small steps, appearing like a rolling
ball. In between they often stop and move the bodies. For resting
they stand on one leg.
the weather is cold, they need up to one week longer for brooding,
because they cannot produce enough warmth then. Both parents often
change in brooding.
case of danger for the nest, Plovers first run away and then start
contortions and jerking in order to deflect the attacker. Banks
of wild rivers are the natural habitat of these Plovers.