Vanessa atalanta – Enjoying the autumn sunshine

Day 131 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

I am still staying on the island of Fehmarn. The weather is fantastic and invites you to do nature photography. I visited again the nature reserve „Wallgau“ in the west of the island.

This time I concentrated on insects, where I caught this splendid specimen of an Admiral butterfly, which was busy grazing the autumn plants and flowers.

Fortunately for me, he always took long breaks on the flowers. So I had the time to choose an optimal angle for the shot.

I think I really succeeded with this shot!

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!

Araneus diadematus – Awaiting lunch to arrive

Day 128 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today’s photo shows the garden cross spider, which I discovered during my renewed visit to the Wallnau reserve of the German Nature Conservation Association along a circular path.

The cross spider was enthroned in the middle of the web and had a considerable size. Fortunately, spiders in Germany are known to be harmless to humans.

Anyway, I was very impressed by it!

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!

Ready for Landing

Day 101 of my 365 Photo Challenge.

Today was again one of the days when you notice that our environment is changing more and more due to climate change.

During my tour around the lake, the sky suddenly darkened, and loud screams of wild geese were in the air. When I looked up, I noticed a large flock of grey geese, about 50 -60 animals, which first flew a loop around the lake and then settled down on the lake.

I only know such flocks from the migration at the beginning of autumn.

That such a large flock is so far south during the summer is really strange and unique for me.

Anyway, I had an excellent opportunity to train my bird photography techniques, as I plan to go to the Baltic Sea in autumn to observe the migration of birds.

Again I used my Nikkor 200-500 f5.6 VR, which I held in my free hand. For the auto-focus, I used the 3D setting of my Nikon D850, which again delivered exceptionally sharp photos.

You can convince yourself of the sharpness.

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.