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A magnificent view over the Großglockner mountain and the surrounding valleys. Good for raptors and typical mountain species.
The Kaiser Franz Josefs Höhe is a viewing point overlooking a large mountainous area with valleys, steep cliffs and a magnificent view over the Großglockner mountain. The area is a very good place for many typical mountain species, birds and mammals alike.
The viewing point consists of a large parking area with several viewing points overhanging the steep cliffs and valleys. The nearby grassy areas lack bushes and trees, so songbirds are hard to find. These areas are covered with Edelweiss flowers and small groups of Alpine Marmots. Also herds of Alpine Ibex can be seen nearby and on the other side of the valley on the steep cliffs (use binocular or telescope). Small flocks of Yellow-billed Chough tend to hang around the parking area for scraps. They are very noisy, so easily found. The rocky areas surrounding the parking lot are good for Alpine Accentor and White-winged Snowfinch. If you're lucky, a Common Rock Thrush shows up.
The area gives you also a very good oppurtunity to observe raptors. They tend to be scarce in numbers, all species alike, but the area to observe is large and wide enough to give you a good oppurtunity to find Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture and, if you're really lucky, a Bearded Vulture. Other species that can be seen are Crag Martin and Alpine Swift.
The area is very easy accessable due to the parking lot. All pathways are paved and fenced and the area can be easily scanned by binoculars or telescope on many places.