Gathering place for black cockerels
High up beneath the Brenner summit, lies an open, overgrown plateau with alpine roses and cranberry bushes. The glistening white Stubai Ice Caves can be seen in the distance. This scenic nature site is, however, the annual gathering place for black cockerels to mate, scuffle and ‘play about’ together. The peak mating season for roosters falls between late March and early June - which runs alongside the start of the hiking season. The roosters begin their courtship displays at dawn, as they try to impress with their posturing and chest thrusts, diverse sounds and exuberant leaps. They always take a break before sunrise, which hunters describe as morning prayer. Sunrise sees the start of the so-called ‘sun courtship’, which, including interludes of scuffling, lasts all day. Hühnerspiel therefore gives a whole new meaning to the concepts of nature and drama.
The tour starts at car park “Josef” in the Oberbergtal. The car park can be reached by turning off in Milders in the direction of the Oberbergtal and following the road for about 3,5 km.
Starting point is the parking lot "Josef" in the Oberbergtal, from which one reaches the Brandstattalm over the forest path in about 1 hour. Continue on a hiking trail that leads directly from the Brandstattalm towards Seblasspitze. After about 20 minutes, turn left towards Hühnerspiel. The natural scenery can be reached after another 1.5 hours over the "Madlas soils". The descent leads to the Milderaunalm in about 1 hour. From there it goes over the forest path in about 1 hour in the direction of Auffangalm. From the Auffangalm the forest path leads back to the parking lot "Josef".