The Reckahn Fishponds – built end of 19th century – are now in extensive use and offer nice and close observations of waterbirds, birds of the reeds, ducks and waders. The area has 11 ponds of which ponds 1, 2, 3, 5 and 11 are best for birdwatching (see map for numbering). There are several observation platforms around the ponds. But be aware: these are only elevated park benches and offer neither disguise nor shade.
Breeding birds are amongst others Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe (rare), Red-necked Grebe, Gadwall, Common Goldeneye, Water Rail, Spotted Crake (rare), European Marsh Harrier, Common Kingfisher, Great Reed Warbler and Grey Wagtail.
The best time for waders is summer and late summer. Waders are mainly found on pond 2 (see map). If you plan only a short visit for waders, then visit this pond. Main species are Northern Lapwing, Wood Sandpiper and Common Snipe (good views). Rarities in the past included Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Sociable Lapwing, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper and Squacco Heron.
During the time when adults need to feed their offspring, Osprey, White-tailed Eagle and Black Stork can be seen visiting the ponds. The mud flats are also used by Common Crane as a roosting place, so please avoid disturbances in the evening and at night. A good place for seeing Water Rail or Spotted Crake is pond 3.
You can get there by car, bus or bicycle. Parking for cars is possible at pond 2 (see P on the map). Around the fishponds it is best to walk.
If you want to get there with public transport, take the train to Brandenburg Hbf. From there a bus operates to Reckahn, albeit irregularly.
Terrain and HabitatMud flats, Wetland, Reedbeds
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonSummer, Spring, Autumn
Best time to visitAutumn migration, Summer
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
You are welcome to visit the Reckahn Manor House (owner of the fish ponds) with the Rochow-Museum, a museum around a pedagogue of the 18th century, and a manor park. They are situated north of the ponds (see map). The manor park and village Reckahn can be good for Firecrest, European Serin and Eurasian Collared Dove. White Stork nests are found in nearly every village.