The Isle of Fehmarn – Time to say Goodby to the Baltic Sea

Day 139 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Now it is time to say goodbye to Fehmarn.

My two weeks are now over, and tomorrow I start my journey home to Bavaria.

For the last time, I visited the lighthouse Flügge at the southern beach of Fehmarn.

I was lucky, just as I was about to take the picture, a flock of wild geese passed the lighthouse. This gave the composition that specific something.

You have to be lucky!

Cinclus cinclus

Day 52 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I had the luck to get a dipper in front of the lens for the first time.

Actually, I wanted to take another waterfall today, but due to the low water level, it was hardly visible.

All the more I was happy to watch the dippers feeding their chicks.

In the beginning, they were worried about my presence, but they got used to me and continued with their feeding activities.

What a pity that the light conditions were so harsh in the gorge. Therefore I had to take pictures with a high ISO number. Nevertheless, the photo turned out well!

Have fun looking at the dipper!

Fulica atra

Day 49 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Another day at our local lake. After the weather was still very stormy in the morning, it cleared up towards the afternoon, and the sun came out more and more behind the thick rain clouds.

So I grabbed my bike and set off. Fortunately, the rush was limited, and only a few visitors made their rounds around the lake. This left me enough space to concentrate on the wildlife and plants on and around the lake.

Today I dealt with the coots. Since there are already enough pictures of coots on the water, I tried to take photos of them on land. This one was not shy at all and grazed peacefully while I was looking for the best composition and angle. 

Since I was photographing freehand, I manually selected the aperture and shutter speed. To avoid blurring, I set the shutter speed to 1/640 sec. For a soft background, I utilised an aperture of F5.6. Only for the ISO value, I used the automatic of my Nikon D850. 

I had thought for a long time about which Super-Tele I should buy and I thought about buying a Nikon 600mm lens. 

After intensive online research, I decided to buy a Nikon 200-500mm 5.6 VR, and I don’t regret it at all. For the price of 1048,- Euro (400 Euro cashback offer) you can’t buy a better lens with such advantages.

Have fun looking at the coot!

Nesting Swan

Day 43 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today I revisited our local lake to see if the swan chicks have already hatched from their eggs.

Unfortunately nothing new so far. The mother swan is still sitting in her nest and no sight from the little ones.

Luckily the weather is stable now, and the temperature was pleasant, which makes it easier and more comfortable for the chicks.

Have fun!

Let’s go for a walk!

Day 41 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Finally a day without rain!

Of course, I had to take advantage of this and visited the nearby lake to see what the goose family is up to.

Just when I arrived at the lake, the whole family was on their way back to the lake after a hearty breakfast.

I couldn’t avoid capturing this sight with my Nikkor 200-500mm f5.6.

Have fun watching it!

Big One, Little One!

Day 35 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Another day, on which I spend a visit to the local meadows. This time, a Goose Familly caught my interest. Although the weather wasn’t perfect, I was able to frame at least some decent images of the little and big ones.

I liked particular this image since I am preparing for an upcoming exhibition with the Germany Chapter of the Royal Photographic Society with the theme „Proportion“.

The image especially shows the different proportion between the little chick and its mother.

Nature can be so beautiful and delighting! Enjoy!

Anser anser

Day 32 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

After having focused on flowers, plants and landscapes in the past days, today I focused on wildlife in the vicinity of my home. I discovered this greylag goose at one of the artificial lakes on the grounds of Munich’s Technical University.

In the beginning, the goose took a close look at me, but over time it lost more and more interest in me. I sat down on the ground and watched the goose for about 15 minutes. During this time, the goose came closer and closer and apparently accepted me as not dangerous. In the end, the goose even came so close that I had problems to take full pictures with my 70-200 mm Nikkor lens.

Wildlife photography really requires a considerable portion of patience!

Spring is all-around!

Day 16 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

It is visible; Spring is all-round, and wildlife shows great hectic to prepare for the breeding season.

To be precise, I heard him before I could see him. He sat on a low-hanging branch and twanged excitedly and loudly.

After I spotted him, I could see the caterpillar in his beak. It seemed to me that he wanted to show everyone what he had caught proudly.

He was so engrossed in his activities that I was able to bring my camera into position and take several photos of him without a hurry.

Sometimes you have to be lucky!

Being in Love!

Day 15 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

On this day, I went out to our local lake to capture the busy wildlife around 05:30 in the morning. No other persons were around, and I had the whole area from my alone, allowing me to enjoy the sunrise and the awaking wildlife.

Since one week, a Mute Swan Couple has settled at the lake. During this morning, it was so beautiful to watch their early courtship.

With no rush and seems to hover, they were conducting their circles around the lake, volunteering as models in front of my Nikkor 200-500mm.

Enjoy the image, and I hope you will get your chance to watch some swans by yourself.