Crested crane in an unusual perspective

Crested crane in an unusual perspective

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Together with the stork, a crested crane had been released into the air at the end of the flight show. I caught him especially in this one funny perspective — from below. The special thing about this perspective is that I looked at the legs from below and could see the top of the wings at the same time. In addition, the tail feathers were aligned exactly in my direction. The crane must have just braked.

Stork in flight

Stork in flight

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What a majestic bird!

I don’t get to catch a stork flying by from this proximity every day. At the flight show in the Wildlife Park Schwarze Berge, after the demonstration of the eagles, falcons and owls, a stork and a crane were simply allowed to make their rounds, while the visitors slowly set off. For me, it seemed like an end-act after the main concert (I know, actually we are talking about an opening act before the main concert) — the stork did its rounds and looked down on us again and again. Really just majestic as it was in the air! read more and write a comment …

Wildlife Park Schwarze Berge — Eagle Owl

Wildlife Park Schwarze Berge — Eagle Owl

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One of the most fascinating creatures on earth for me is the owl. I love the plumage, its silent flight and the eyes! Again and again the big shining eyes!

So also here in my recording during the flight show in the Wildlife Park Schwarze Berge. The flight show takes place on a very large area, where the birds have possibilities to fly a little more freely. However, for the eagle owl I sat too close to the flight path to be able to follow the bird in flight with the large lens that I had at that day. But thanks to the range of the lens there were great shots on the hide. Again and again the bird trainer lured her with a piece of meat on the seat, so that I could catch the approach. There were the 560mm of the lens almost too much focal length. read more and write a comment …

Wildlife Park Schwarze Berge — Storks

Wildlife Park Schwarze Berge — Storks

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When I saw a couple of storks in the wildlife park Schwarze Berge at theduck pond, it was clear that I would take some photos here again. That one stork — I suppose a stork lady — played around with the feather again and again looked like Schickedöns to me, in any case I had to think again of Michael Goltz and his storks on the church in Schwabstedt. Both storks were always observing how they worked in their feathers and the remains of feathers in the beak of the second stork indicate a moult. I have no idea whether they were young storks or not. Anyway, they already had red legs and beaks, which indicated a further development than that of the young storks in Schwabstedt. read more and write a comment …

Far west

Far west

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As soon as we had dropped off photographers on Norderoogsand, we were aware of the immense space of this natural landscape. To the north we could only see the terps and the jetty of Hallig Hooge emerging from the Wadden Sea. Reflections included. The clouds piled up above the Wadden Sea and to our delight showed a lot of blue sky — almost Bavarian sky!

We had landed far in the south of the Norderoogsand and had gone on foot to the northwest to the west side of the sand. There was only space left to be felt. Even the waves were far away and from the west the clouds had almost disappeared and there were only cirrus clouds in the sky. read more and write a comment …

Who’s looking? (seal safari 2019)

Who’s looking? (seal safari 2019)

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This year it was my third seal safari with Helga and Wilfried Dunkel and once again completely different. The seals had looked for other places on the sands off Pellworm and our little boat of the brothers Hellmann couldn’t land at the old place on the Norderoogsand anymore to leave us alone for one hour in the endless vastness of the outside sands off Pellworm and the Hallig Hooge. In addition we had many clouds, so that our main motives, the seals with their young were not always in the best light.

But I was still able to bring some nice pictures with me. For example this curious seal that leans on a fin in order to see us better: »Who is looking?«. read more and write a comment …

Crossing to Pellworm

Crossing to Pellworm

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On the way to the seal safari 2019. We had met again in the morning at Strucklahnungshörn on Nordstrand with Wilfried Dunkel and his wife to sail out to Norderoogsand with them and other photo and nature enthusiasts. The first time on my third seal safari the weather was really impressive with great clouds in the sky when we took the ferry to Pellworm through the Wadden Sea.

The morning sun lit up the clouds in the west, while in the south-east we saw a thick rain cloud pulling over the Hallig Süderoog. In between great blue sky — this time the sky should remain exciting…

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