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Blackbird with centipede (0008)

Blackbird with centipede

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It is always fascinating what I get in front of the lens in our garden. Blackbirds are not uncommon and I can always watch them pulling earthworms out of our lawn. But this evening it was something special. I was sitting on the patio in the camouflage tent when this blackbird rooster settled in the apple tree and let his song be heard. I took some photos at a distance of 5–6 meters and was later very surprised that while singing he was still carrying his hunting victim in his beak — a centipede!

I have never seen that before! And moreover in these details!

Chaffinch with seedling (0045)

Chaffinch foraging for food

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Shortly after I had seen the chaffinch on the tree and it had flown away, I could spot it at the edge of the path in the sprouting grass. The beautiful evening light shone in stripes across the path and the chaffinch could be seen again and again as if in a spotlight. A great play of light and shadow around the bird. Only in the viewfinder and thus looking through the long telephoto lens I could discover that he had seedlings in his beak again and again — the typical food of the chaffinch in this season.

So I followed the bird a little bit to take a whole series of nice shots. I show four more in a gallery afterwards: read more or write a comment …

Chaffinch (0002)

Chaffinch

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I caught this chaffinch in the evening in the woods along the gravel road near our settlement. He sat next to me in the tree and seemed to enjoy the rays of the evening sun.

If you look closely, you can still see grains of sand at the front of the beak. At the end of March, when the first shoots came out of the ground, the chaffinches were there, feeding primarily on the young shoots. I could observe this for quite a while.

 

Female Bullfinch (0013)

Bullfinches

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The bullfinches are rare guests in our garden. Once I had seen the female bullfinch first in the feeder and when I had the camera ready, she retreated to the lilac bush behind it to feed in peace on the sunflower seed. There I could then take my picture.

The Bullfinch male I had seen then some days later in the back of our garden. I was especially pleased that here in our natural garden the bird feasted on seeds from a plant that had been left standing! read more or write a comment …

Blue tit in rose bush (0002)

Blue tit in rose bush

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In times of pandemic, the home garden must also be used for nature photography. We have a variety of garden birds around us, some also breed on our property and so it is always a pleasure when I get one of the birds in front of the lens from time to time.

Here it was the blue tit sitting in the rose branches and looking up to feed.

Schwäne auf dem Junkernfeld (0077)

Swans on the flooded Junkernfeld

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Along the lower Seeve, the area Junkernfeld runs through the nature reserve. In summer the checkerboard flowers bloom here, but at the end of winter many parts of it are still flooded lake-like. Many waterfowl can be found there, like these two swans I watched in the warm light of the setting sun.

I love the view of the back bird looking critically over at me, while the other swan spreads its wings elegantly. I love the background light that shines through the wing feathers and makes them shine like fine silk.

Untere Seeveniederung (0050)

Seeve foreland

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Days after the flooding of the fields along the Seeve, the foreland of the dike was partially flooded. The nature reserve Untere Seeveniederung is crossed by the Seeve (see the map at the end of this blog-post). The dike along the Seeve itself is only quite shallow, only west of the Junkernfeld and in the northeast along the Asshauser Mühlengraben are the dikes significantly higher, because storm surges were able to push into the Seeve lowland until the 60s.

Along the course of the river there are always single trees. The foreland was somewhat shielded from the wind by the small dike, which is why I could observe such a beautiful reflection here. The dike lying in the shade draws itself in the arc around the water surface and pulls the viewer into the picture. In the background, the powerful and warm sidelight of the setting sun ensures that one’s gaze is led back towards the tree.

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