Birding Donau-Auen Lobau National Park, Vienna

Birding Donau-Auen Lobau National Park, Vienna

When:  September 2018            Weather:  Cool 20C

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We took an uber from downtown Vienna to the National Park Visitor Centre (NationalParkHaus Wien-Lobau is what you search for on Uber) and about 30min later were at this large national park to the north east of the city.  The centre was not open till 10am(!!) so we wandered in along well kept trails and paths. It was a lovely morning for a walk and but the bird life was somewhat limited…

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the visitor centre where drinks are available after your walk in a nice garden

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The park is well signposted and navigating it was easy

 

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a fluffy european tree sparrow welcomed us

 

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the road leading into the park

 

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the dragonflies were active

 

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blue tits were the most common bird seen

 

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blue tit

 

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a quick blurry glimpse of ? flycatcher

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lovely forest

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autumn colours beginning

 

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crows are normally pretty ugly creatures but the Hooded crow here was actually rather smart!

 

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and in the distance we saw this brown bird…

 

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it was a common kestrel…one of my favourite raptors which I had just seen also in San Francisco a few weeks ago…amazing that this beautiful bird has such a wide range

We then heard a loud chirping from a nearby tree and after searching for a while…..

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a greater spotted woodpecker was busily pecking

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greater spotted woodpecker

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it flew off to a nearby tree

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and posed for us

 

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there were nice ponds

 

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water lily ponds

 

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another blue tit bade us farewell

 

Our ramble took us 3 hours and covered 7km….nice way to spend the morning.

 

 

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