Hans Schoen

Dark King

Dark King

  An adult Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) in beautiful breeding plumage at break of dawn. Image Detail: Location: Hungary Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III Focal Length: 300 mm Aperture: f 3.2 Exposure: 1/800 sec ISO: 1250    

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Small Face

Small Face

During a thunderstorm in late afternoon I observed this small bear in the forest. Hardly to believe that he could manage his life without his mother, because he was on his way completely alone. He seemed  a little bit nervous, always scenting something – maybe another bear close, but I couldn’t see. After a while […]

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Birth or End?

Birth or End?

A four-spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) has just emerged from its larvae stadium. Therefor the larvae leaves the water and comes up on some reed or plant and it seems to be a little wonder that a ready dragonfly comes out. The newborn insect needs a lot of time to get its wings ready to fly, […]

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Father and Son

Father and Son

This year I could fulfill a desire to photograph this extraordinary species in Spain. Last year spring was very late there and so the Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) was not nesting in the region where images are possible. The little raptor has large wings, sometimes gliding along with the wings in a V-position, you can […]

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Life is Life

Life is Life

As I walked along a pond at sunset, I got aware of some movement in the reed. Coming closer, I saw a Grass Snake trying to swallow a big toad and having it already half in its mouth. Fortunately I had my camera with me, but it was hard to get a shot because there […]

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Watch Out

Watch Out

The Egyptian Mongoose or Ichneumon (Herpestes ichneumon) is the only species of mongoose occurring in Europe. Its wide spread distribution area reaches from central Africa to Northern Africa and along the Mediterranean Sea coastline north to southern Turkey. It is also native on the Iberian Peninsula. I could photograph this very shy animal in Spain. […]

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Handsome Slippers

Handsome Slippers

The Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium calceolus) ist the largest and most impressive orchid in Europe. The common name explains to the similarity of its blossom to a slipper and also the German name means the same. The scientific name „calceolus“ is due to its habitat. The plant likes open woodlands on calcareous soils. It is an […]

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Little Conversation

Little Conversation

Greylag Gooslings interacting. Image Details: Date: May 8th, 2018 Location: Kiskunsag NP, Hungary Focal Length: 500 mm Aperture: f 4.5 Exposure: 1/500 sec ISO: 1000

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Green Attitude

Green Attitude

European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) taking a sunbath on a flowering shrub . Image Details: Location: Lower Austria Light: sunny backlight Focal Length: 180 mm Aperture: f 4.5 Exposure: 1/800 sec ISO: 200

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Blue Point

Blue Point

A male Bluethroat is singing to attract a female. These migrating passerines return in April for breeding in our region. It was not possible to come closer to this little fellow, so I made a virtue out of necessity and integrated the sourrounding habitat into the image. Image Details: Location: Lower Austria / floodplains of […]

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