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Successful

Successful

A female Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) was a successful hunter for feeding the chicks nearby. Image Detail: Location: City of Vienna Date: June 30th, 2021 Canon Gear Focal Length:500 mm Aperture: f 4 Exposure: 1/500 sec. ISO: 1600

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Top of the Hill

Top of the Hill

A half-grown Roman snail (Helix pomatia) using the shell of an expired conspecific as a view-point. Image Detail: Date: June 6th, 2021 Location: Lower Austria Canon Gear Focal Length: 180 mm Aperture: f 4 Exposure: 1/250 sec ISO: 250

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Collecting Mud

Collecting Mud

A barn swallow collecting materials to build or repair the nest. Image Detail:  Date: May 12th, 2021 Location: Hungary Camera: Canon EOS 1DX Mk II Focal Length: 500 mm Aperture: f 5 Exposure: 1/8000 sec ISO: 1600

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Boggy Bloom

Boggy Bloom

  Menyanthes trifoliata is a marsh plant and the single species in the genus Menyanthes. It has a horizontal rhizome and alternate trifoliate leaves rooting in marsh ground and also expanding into shallow water. Because of its bitterness and contents it is used as a medical plant since a long time. It is rather hard […]

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Spring Song

Spring Song

An Eurasian wood warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) singing in the forest. Image Details: Location: Viennese Forest, Lower Austria Date: May 2nd, 2020 Canon EOS 1DX Mk II Focal Length: 500 mm Aperture: f 4 Exposure; 1/400 sec. ISO: 2000

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A Niggle of Purple

A Niggle of Purple

Detail of a flowering pygmy iris (Iris pumila). The small wildflowers grow on dry sunny slopes and bloom in different colors. Image Details: Location: Lower Austria Date: April 11th, 2022 Focal Length: 180 mm Aperture: 3.5 Exposure: 1/400 sec ISO: 100

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Alert-eyed

Alert-eyed

Common Toad risking an eye on me, while I was crawling closer in the wet meadow. Image Detail: Location: Lower Austria Canon Gear Lens: Sigma 180mm Macro Aperture: f 3.5 Focal Length:180 mm Exposure: 1/125 sec. ISO: 250

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Water Chestnut

Water Chestnut

Water Chestnut in the headline is the name of an aquatic plant, but it is suitable for the Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) as well. The male like on the image has a rich chestnut and chocolate brown plumage. In flight the white belly and the underwing patch are visible as a contrast. Also the white […]

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Neighbours

Neighbours

The Dog’s Tooth Violet (Erythronium dens-canis) on the right side is a rare spring flower in Austria, typical for southern Styria. Its flowers normally occur in March. The English name violet is not really right, because it has nothing to do with the plant family of violets, it is a member of the lilies (Liliaceae). […]

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Silent Wings

Silent Wings

Owl feathers are very soft, hairy and fringed, which allows them to fly completely silent. Most of the owls are nocturnal hunters which spot their prey by hearing, so any noise would disturb the senses. The Ural Owl (Strix uralensis) is a large owl, which has become extinct in Austria. There are still populations in […]

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