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Fading Season

Fading Season

Slowly the height of the season for insects has exceeded. The European Mantis is still active on warmer days with the last ambition to lay eggs for the next generation to come. It is always fascinating for me to watch and photograph these predatory insects. I had many individuals around my house in the last […]

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A Snail’s Last View

A Snail's Last View

A Slowworm (Anguis fragilis) on the hunt sneaking through the grass. These reptiles are legless lizards and mostly feed on snails, slugs and worms. Like most lizards they are able to shed their tail to escape from an enemy. Image Details: Canon Gear Location: Lower Austria Focal Length: 180 mm Aperture: f 4 Exposure: 1/400 […]

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Prepare for Landing

Prepare for Landing

Migration has just begun. A common crane landing for roosting on its way south to the hibernation area.  

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Summer Splash

Summer Splash

A female Sparrowhawk came for drinking and bathing to a pool out in the forest.  

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Nature’s Force

Nature's Force

There were several thunder cells quickly upcoming on a warm summer day above the beautiful Amalfi coast in Southern Italy. Tourists all over the world like this place as one of those wonderful spots you have to see in your life. But within minutes these cells  fused to one enormous thunderstorm with endless lightning, cloudburst […]

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Moonlight Giant

Moonlight Giant

Luckily 2020 is a good year for the European Stag Beetle in our region. This giant among the family of beetles is listed in the IUCN red list as an endangered species and spends most of its life as a larvae in rotting wood. The impressive males with their enlarged mandibles fly mostly from late […]

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Fruit Lover

Fruit Lover

Thrushes like fruits as an extra source of food if possible. I could photograph this juvenile Blackbird degustating some delicious serviceberries. Image Details: Date: June 17th, 2019 Locatiom: Lower Austria Canon Gear Focal Length: 500 mm Aperture: f 4.5 Exposure: 1/3200 sec ISO: 800

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Hot Ears

Hot Ears

An European Rabbit photographed in backlight against the last rays of the setting sun. Image Details: Date: April 26th, 2019 Location: Spain Light: sunset Canon gear Focal Length: 500 mm Aperture: f 4 Exposure: 1/320 ISO: 800

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Treetop Flash

Treetop Flash

More easily to hear the typical song of the males somewhere in the treetops as to see this shy and hidden living bird. If you are lucky you can spot a bright yellow male flashing up in flight between the leaves.  The Golden Oriole is not so easy to photograph in our region.

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Secret Soul

Secret Soul

Sometimes I enjoy lying on the ground and lowering my camera into the middle of a population of plants – being careful not to do any harm. Feeling the “heart and soul” of my mostly green friends, I change the focus very slowly not knowing what will come up in my viewfinder. Luckily amazing views […]

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