Hans Schoen

Morning Macho

Morning Macho

A posing Gadwall drake (Mareca strepera, syn. Anas strepera) in first sunrise light. Image Details: Location: Hungary, Kiskunsag NP Date: May 7th, 2018 Canon Gear Focal Length: 500 mm + crop Aperture: f 4 Exposure: 1/400 sec ISO: 1000

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Dangerous Flower

Dangerous Flower

An European Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa) waiting on top of a flowering broad-leaved everlasting pea (Lathyrus latifolius) –  a rare wildflower – for some incautious insect coming too close. Image Details: Date: September 3rd, 2019 Location: Lower Austria Equipment: Canon Gear Focal Length: 180 mm Aperture: 3.5 Exposure: 1/160 sec. ISO: 250    

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Sweet and Juicy

Sweet and Juicy

Dry grass on the menu every time is boring, this Hamster loves some fresh and sweet blackberries on a hot summer evening. Image Details: Location: Vienna Light: evening sun Date: July 25th, 2019 Focal Length: 500 mm Aperture: f 4 Exposure: 1/640 sec. ISO: 640

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Lucky Strike

Lucky Strike

The early bird catches…. A common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) with a dragonfly as prey photographed in early morning backlight. Image Details: Location: Hungary Date: May 11th, 2018 Focal Lenght: 500 mm Aperture: f 4 Exposure: 1/250 sec ISO: 1000  

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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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