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Bird Reserves

The bird life of the Elbe river landscape

If you want to observe the birdlife, you will find many places in the Elbe river landscape. Storks in particular feel comfortable here because still they can brood undisturbed, look for food in the meadows, and raise their young. Also, one increasingly sees migratory birds wintering here, such as cranes. But in particular it is the storks who are inhabitants of the Elbe river landscape

Leaflet about storks in the floodplain landscape.pdf

White storks in the field

Greylag geese


They often find ideal resting places right behind the dykes. In late summer they gather with the boys. They can also be found here during the moult, because then they cannot fly for a short time.

Leaflet swans and geese.pdf

Gray heron colony


Many pairs of gray herons nest in the Lower Saxony Elbe Valley Biosphere Reserve as early as March. When the first young have hatched, it gets noisy in the colonies. You can see these elegant birds pecking for food all over the water.

The bird life in the Elbe Valley

Greylag geese in the sky

Sea eagle

It glides majestically over the Elbe. Ducks and geese are its favorite prey and flee in droves. White-tailed eagles are best spotted at the Bleckeder ferry

More very nice animal photographs from the Elbtalauen can be found here:

Seeadler P. Wiechers.jpg

Whooper swan

With a few exceptions, whooper swans are only winter guests with us. From the end of October, you can find them on larger waterbodies and in fields and meadows. The whooper swan is slightly smaller than the common mute swan. It has a deep and soft-sounding call. Whooper swans are very vocal and have an extensive repertoire, hence their name. The flight of the whooper swan is silent.

Whooper swans on the Elbe
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