Raimund Brandstätter

Moonstruck

Moonstruck

The greater pasque flower (Pulsatilla grandis) has also become very rare in Austria, and is threatened with extinction in many areas. So it’s all the nicer that I still know of some very large occurrences of it around Eisenstadt. It is one of the first flowers in spring with which I can do an extensive […]

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Small Pasque Flower

Small Pasque Flower

In Austria, the small pasque flower (pulsatilla pratensis) occurs scattered in the Pannonian region, otherwise it is very rare. It occurs in the provinces of Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria and Lower Carinthia. The species is considered endangered, in the Alpine region and in the northern and south-eastern Alpine foothills even critically endangered. ————————————————————- In […]

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The Immigrant

The Immigrant

The original home of the nutria living along rivers, lakes, ponds and in swamps is subtropical and temperate South America. In our country they are descendants of captive animals, which were bred for a long time because of the desirable fur. In Austria, the population is limited to isolated, usually short-lived populations that regularly do […]

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Spring Colors

Spring Colors

Soft pastel shades are so right for spring. I am happy every year when in the still light forests of southern Styria the first spring flowers, the spring crocuses (Crocus vernus) bloom. ——————————————————————— Weiche Pastelltöne passen so richtig zum Frühling. Ich freue mich jedes Jahr wenn in den noch lichten Wäldern der Südsteiermark die ersten […]

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Buteo Buteo

Buteo Buteo

The range of the buteo buteo includes all of Europe except Iceland and the north of Scandinavia. To the east, the range extends to Central Asia. Buteo buteos are mainly partial migrators. Therefore, in winter there are more of these birds in Central Europe ——————————————————————— Das Verbreitungsgebiet des Mäusebussards umfasst ganz Europa mit Ausnahme Islands […]

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Thieving Magpie

Thieving Magpie

In Germanic mythology, the magpie was both the messenger of the gods and the bird of Hel, the goddess of death. As a „thieving“ magpie, it was also unpopular in the Middle Ages as a witch beast and gallows bird. In contrast, in Asia it is traditionally considered a lucky charm. ——————————————————————— In der germanischen […]

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The Raven

The Raven

The common raven (Corvus corax) is a species of bird in the Corvids family.Due to human persecution, ravens were extirpated in large parts of Central Europe until 1940, after which they have spread again due to decreasing persecution. Due to their learning ability, their intelligence and because of their use of carrion, ravens have become […]

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Eastern Imperial

Eastern Imperial

The eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquilla Hellaca) is a large bird of prey that breeds in southeastern Europe and through West and Central Asia. Since some year it is back for breeding also in Austria. This eagle has a length of 70–90 cm , a wingspan of about 2 m, and a weight of between 2.5 […]

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Sharp Eye

Sharp Eye

It is now already five years ago, there approximately 20 short-eared-owls set up its winter-quarters at Lake Neusiedl. Some were not shy at all, so great close-ups like this one are achieved. ——————————————————— Es ist jetzt schon fünf Jahre her, da haben zirka 20 Sumpfohreulen ihr Winterquartier am Neusiedler See aufgeschlagen. Einige waren gar nicht […]

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Swan Fight

Swan Fight

In the area of the hydroelectric power plant Gralla there are many mute swans during the winter months. Interesting district fights take place again and again. ——————————————————— Im Bereich des Wasserkraftwerkes Gralla halten sich in den Wintermonaten viele Höckerschwäne auf. Dabei kommt es immer wieder zu interessanten Revierkämpfen.   Image Details   Location: Gralla River […]

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