This coming April will see the launch of #Urban Birding in Germany by the country’s largest natural history publisher, Kosmos. It is my third published book and is essentially a remix of my Tales from Concrete Jungles book replete with amazing artwork by the fantastically talented Paschalis Dougalis and the front cover Robin illustration by the venerable Lars Jonsson.
Aside from all the towns and cities featured in Tales from Concrete Jungles, #Urban Birding also contains extra pieces about several cities in Germany plus Vienna, Austria and Zurich, Switzerland. But to write about them I had to go and experience them.
My two-week road trip started in Vienna where I hooked up with birder and filmmaker, Leander Khil, who was to be my guide. We had a great time checking some of the birding spots of Vienna discovering great stuff like a singing Hoopoe – a rarity in the city. Leander also found a ginormous Aesculapian Snake which is non-venomous and thankfully, non-aggressive. It was the largest that he had ever seen in the city!
Next stop was Switzerland and namely Zurich. It was an 11 hour drive from Vienna and I had to dip into neighbouring Germany in order to circumnavigate the Alps. Zurich is a beautiful, clean city but super expensive. Two ice creams would set you back €15 and don’t get flashed for speeding like I did. The resulting ticket cost me €200!!
I was met and guided by my now good friends Mathias Ritschard, Juanita Olano Marin and for part of the first day, Paul Walser. Again, we hit upon some good birds including Mathias’ first European Bee-eaters for the city.
Then came the German leg starting with Stuttgart. I missed out on the city’s famous (introduced) Yellow-headed Parrots but managed crippling views of a Tawny Owl and Common Wall Lizard in the hand.
Click on the different category headings to find out more. You can also change some of your preferences. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer.
Essential Website Cookies
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features.
Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, you cannot refuse them without impacting how our site functions. You can block or delete them by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website.
Other external services
We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps and external Video providers. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Changes will take effect once you reload the page.
Google Webfont Settings:
Google Map Settings:
Vimeo and Youtube video embeds: