Today I visited the mallard ducks in Langenautal again. And also this time I was welcomed friendly. Like the day before, the ducks were tough on me. Sometimes they trampled on my shoes. I had a hard to keep them on the distance to frame them in the picture.
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.
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.
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!
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.