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…

The little ones should have it comfortable

The little ones should have it comfortable

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When the stork mother landed with supplies for the padding of the nest, she was not appreciated at all. No food supply? Wet straw instead?

You can clearly see the strong wind, the straw fluttering around the head of the stork mother. Michael Goltz once described the fact that one has the mother in front of one’s head as follows: »She would have a lot of fancy things on her legs, the multicoloured rings on her left leg. On the right is the ring that gives information about the stork. It bears the number 1904 and the letters SVS.

Who can tell me why this female stork wears more rings without inscriptions?

This picture is my last from the series of the stork nest on the church in Schwabstedt.

Getting up is still difficult

Getting up is still difficult

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With the strong wind it was no wonder that the stork youngsters still had to support themselves when they got up. But the fact that the beak was used as a support until the end surprised me. He thus one or two wings together with the beak as a support. Meanwhile the father stork is only watching (bored?).

As soon as the stand was secured against the wind, the wing could be raised from the nest floor. Perhaps the wind was also used to push the body further up? Unfortunately the old stork stood so close that the left wing could not be used.
Still the head was pushed over the beak. read more and write a comment …

Stork Portrait

Stork Portrait

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It has never been possible for me to be so close to a stork and to make a wonderful bird portrait with it. Much was certainly due to the great location on the church in Schwabstedt, only 10 meters away from the nest, but I had also borrowed a wonderful lens for the weekend, which even with 560mm focal length offered a phenomenal imaging performance (Canon EF 200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x).
This can be seen very clearly in this portrait photo. The post image shows a 100% detail of the photo, so that you can see all details around the eye and the beak.

The dirt the stork has in his beak, his tongue too!

Here is the original picture that I didn’t trim and shows some more details about his body and thighs. It is easy to read the inscription of the ring from this picture: 4T926. read more and write a comment …

Finally the old stork was here!

Finally the old stork was here!

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As photographers we had to wait a long time to see the stork father. But how did it first go for the little ones in the rain shower? And what did the old stork bring with him? Just building material. The nest didn’t look that unstable!

When the bird stood up, it simply looked elegant and slim. What a beautiful sight! read more and write a comment …

When the big ones aren’t there …

When the big ones aren’t there …

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… the little ones have to take shelter together. Two of the three young storks had got up after the rain shower and cuddled together. This time Michael and I were not on the bell tower but climbed through the roof construction of the church onto the small ridge turret in which the hour bell of the church hangs. On a square meter two photographers sat under the protective roof of the ridge turret and had directed their lenses at the stork’s nest only 10 meters away.

When the two young storks had stood up and looked at each other beak to beak, our cameras clicked. You could still see the heavy rain shower on their plumage.

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