Gallinago gallinago – Let us see what I get today for breakfast!

Day 130 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

The motive of this picture is the snipe, which I photographed in the nature reserve „Wallgau“ on the island of Fehmarn.

The nature reserve offers ideal conditions for wildlife photographers with its professionally designed hiding places.

From relatively close surroundings, you can observe and photograph the rich birdlife for hours.

Here the link to the website of the waterbird nature reserve „Wallgau“.

I wish you much fun with a future visit!

Alcedo atthis – Just a little Rest

Day 127 of my 365 Photo Challenge. After almost 3 weeks without internet access, I can now continue publishing my photos for my 365 Photo Challenge. Today’s picture shows a kingfisher, which I was able to photograph in the nature reserve „Wallnau“ on the island of Fehmarn. The little comrade used one of the water level poles for an extended rest. Obviously one of his daily routine on his forays through his territory. Hope you like the little one!

Anas platyrhynchos – Mallard Duck enjoying Life

Day 125 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After my tour in the Ötztal valley, I went on to the Franconian Forest in the district of Kronach in Upper Franconia.

Today’s tour led me through the Langenau Valley, where an extensive network of hunter’s trails runs through the forest.

At one of the small lakes, I came across a group of mallards, which had settled down there.

After I had positioned my camera with my telephoto lens, suddenly 2 of the ducks moved towards me.

They showed no shyness at all as if I was their parents. Very unusual, as the place is not or only slightly frequented by people.

So I had the good fortune to photograph the ducks at close range. Sometimes I had to increase the distance to the ducks again and again because I could not capture them entirely in the viewfinder with my telephoto lens (Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6 VR).

I was practically pressed by the ducks, a dream of every nature photographer.

Have fun looking at the photo.

Anas platyrhynchos

Day 105 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Due to the excellent weather, I continued to concentrate on taking pictures of wild birds, plants and insects.

After I had already captured swans and wild geese in my pictures, I tried my hand at wild ducks today.

I discovered this example of a mallard duck close to the waterline of our local lake.

Their chicks had just made themselves comfortable in a reed group to spend the next hours sleeping. Like any mother, the lady duck naturally watched over her chicks.

Obviously, she did not consider me a threat and showed no shyness towards me. So I could approach her leisurely to take a full-size picture of her.

For me, it is imperative not to keep the animals from their usual activities and to expose them to unnecessary stress!

I hope you stick to the same!

Fulica atra

Day 100 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Now 100 days have passed since I started my Foto Challenge.

!00 days full of joy and daily growing enthusiasm. In the beginning, I was a little bit sceptical if I would find enough photo motives for every day. But as so often, I had to be taught a better lesson.

For today’s photo, I visited our local lake to take a picture in the field of bird photography. As motifs, I chose a coot and its chick, who swam along the shore of the lake searching for food.

As it was still very early, there were only a few people around the lake and the wild animals could pursue their morning activities undisturbed.

Unfortunately, this is only ever of short duration until the area fills up with noisy recreational activists,

Due to the Corona crisis and the associated travel restrictions, this year is particularly bad.

Nevertheless, I wish you a lot of fun while looking at the photo!

I am walking, I am walking!

Day 82 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Although I was very busy at work this week, I managed to keep up my 365 Photo Challenge.

Besides, I was asked at short notice to do a photo assignment in Munich today. Directly afterwards, I took advantage of the excellent weather for a trip to our local lake to photograph the little swan chicks again.

Today it was especially exciting to look at them. Tensely I watched walking attempts while searching for food.

It was not easy to choose the best of many photos. Each one is a hit on its own, but unfortunately, I can only post one picture for today.

I used again with my Nikkor 200-500mm f5.6 VR and waived to use a tripod.

With the vibration reduction, it is straightforward to create very sharp pictures, even in severe lighting conditions.

I do not regret in any way my decision to buy this lens.

Also this time I wish you a lot of fun while looking at the cute chicks.

Am I not cute?

Day 77 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I used the excellent weather for a trip to our local lake to see if the little swan chicks have hatched yet. I had already reported about the swan couple in several posts.

During my visit today I was pleased to find out that a total of 3 swan chicks have hatched. The little ones were already busy on their feet and were feeding.

In contrast to the swans at the Ammersee, this swan family showed no shyness towards me.

On the contrary, I seemed to belong to them somehow. So I was able to sit down nearby and watch the little chicks in peace and quiet and to take some pictures from time to time.

In the end, the little ones even started to eat the grass between my legs.

Of course, I always kept an eye on the parents, just in case of a sudden change of mood to be able to go on distance.

I hope you have fun looking at the picture!

Family Picknick

Day 60 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

You probably remember my earlier photos of the Grey-Goose family at our local lake.

Today I revisited the family to see how the chicks are doing. Quite impressive to see how quick they grow bigger!

I have chosen to publish this image because it shows how the mother goose still keeps an eye on its chicks, while they carried away feeding to grow bigger and bigger!

I am a new Soul

Day 59 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I got a coot chick in front of my camera. It didn’t show any shyness at all and swam around very calmly in front of my lens.

I had never seen so many young birds as this year. This is probably because this year I am dedicating myself very intensively to bird and wildlife photography.

It is great fun to watch the little ones taking their steps into the world!

Look, how big I am!

Day 56 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I revisited our local lake to check whether the swan chicks had already arrived. Unfortunately, the Swan Female was still sitting in their nest and no signs of the swan offspring.

Instead, the male swan was very active in exploring its surroundings for additional food sources.

He did not show any scariness at all and willingly posed in front of my camera.

I hope it will be the same when the little chicks arrived.

It is not funny to be attacked by a male swan, trying to protect its offspring from assumed enemies!