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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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Toxic Beauty

Toxic Beauty

Another attractive early spring bloomer is a little deciduous shrub in the family of Thymelaeaceae. Daphne mezereum is native to most of Europe and likes beech groves over limestone like the habitats in the Viennese forest. It is beautiful strong scented but nevertheless it is very toxic to mammals and also humans. Later the year […]

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Grasp!

Grasp!

A Common Buzzard has spotted some prey in the tuft of grass. I don’t remember if the hunt was successful or not.  😉  Image Details: Location: Spain, Extremadura Date: April 8th, 2018 Focal Length: 300 mm Aperture: f 3.5 Exposure: 1/1000 sec ISO: 1250  

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The Beginning

The Beginning

The first Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) is peeping out of the snow.

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Winter Gold

Winter Gold

A male Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) brings some tender colors into the winter landscape. Image Details: Date: March 3rd, 2018 Location: Lower Austria Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III Focal Length: 500 mm Aperture: f 4.5 Exposure: 1/1250 sec. ISO: 1000

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