Back in June we had a few days away to Munich and Vienna, plus a day in the Alps. We did Munich and Vienna zoos but as usual spent as much time watching the native wildlife as the zoo inhabitants!
In Munich we met a lovely coot family
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and a gorgeous baby crow and its parent
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We spent some time waiting until there were no people passing to share our lunch with the crow parent. He/she would take the pieces of bread, carefully soak them in the enclosure moat
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then feed them to baby
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There were many crows in the zoo and they seemed to coexist peacefully with the residents, except for during the falconry display when a golden eagle was flown!
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Vienna Zoo had lots of sparrows (we shared lunch with them too)
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The first hooded crows we'd ever seen (Many of them have leg rings, and they're partial to a bit of wafer from a banana split)
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The zoo has an amazing treetop walk through the woods at the edge of the zoo. At the start of the walk we came across a pair of colourful young squirrels
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The absolute highlight of the trip abroad was going up the Rauschberg in the Alps in search of choughs. It was CHOUGHING cold and misty up there, but the lure of the food we'd brought with us proved irresistible for the choughs and they came over to partake. They're well used to visitors and very tame to the point of flying up to take pieces from your hand.
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Lovely photos Maisie, they are all brilliant but love the Hooded Crow
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You must have been in Seventh Heaven with all those corvids. How great the choughs were tame enough to feed from your hand. That must have been brilliant and that last but one photo is fabulous. All your photos are excellent, and very informative. Thank you for sharing them.
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Knowing your affinity with corvids you must have been delighted to see so many. I take it they were Alpine Choughs. I'd no idea they could be so tame. I've only ever seen them halfway up a mountain. Lovely photos by the way.
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WOW! Fabulous set of shots but those Alpine choughs are something else! My word! What an experience!
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Thank you all for the compliments! I first met the choughs in 2007 on a trip with my Mum (who's German) and aunt. I'd seen photos of people with choughs sitting on their feet and wanted to know if they were that friendly with all visitors. Since finding out that they'll readily come to anyone holding something remotely edible, I've always wanted to come back and bring the other half to meet them. Last time I was there it was glorious weather and the choughs were lined up on the railings by the cafe's outside seating area waiting for titbits from the diners. One man was kind enough to share his dessert by offering spoonfuls to the waiting beaks. This time we ate inside because of the cold weather, but I did save some of my Kaiserschmarrn (a very thick chopped up pancake batter served with apple sauce) dessert and shared it with the choughs afterwards.
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Wonderful report Maisie. Love the photos especially the squirrel.
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Glad you had a lovely tome in Munich, love the photo's, We saw some Alpine choughs a few years ago in Austria.
I loved looking through these - I love corvids as well. I've never seen a chough but I did enjoy seeing a very friendly raven at the summit of Snowdon last week! Brilliant, particularly as there aren't any in my part of the world.
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Lovely pictures Maisie. Glad you enjoyed Munich - have many fond memories of there but have never been to Vienna. The Choughs look terrific thgough I have never seen them before. O like your Hooded Crow - reminds me of my visit to Stockholm where 8 Hoodies and a Magpie were helping out in the Wolf enclosure.
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Great photos Maisie bet you were on cloud9 with all those corvids, they are amazing. Only seen Chough in the Alps but what acrobats!! Love Hoodies, remind me of summer hols up north, we had 2 down here near Cresswell earlier in the year, WooHoo!! As for Ravens, what fantastic birds their calls are so haunting.
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Nice photo's. Interesting to see the alpine variation of the Chough, confused me for a moment as I was expecting a red bill not yellow. I see lots of hoodies every year on my hols north of the border along with Ravens. I'm a big fan of Corvids as well, they're highly intelligent and great to watch.
You're photos are really great! I love the baby crow and the hooded crow is amazing!