Wildlife Pics

My spare time is dedicated to bird watching and to looking out for mammals too. Though, bird watching / ornithology takes pride of the place, so to speak. Of course, the animal theme is combined with photography. Animal photography is now a substantial part of my photographic work. 

 

This section shows wildlife pics. The captures show animals in their habitat; there are no images from pets or animals kept in a zoo. This section will be extended from time to time.

 

Also, wildlife is a special topic because it is so different from my other work you can see in this website.

 

This site is meant to grow, meaning, species will be added over time and also mammals will be included soon.

 

However, I must admit that ornithology is one of my oldest favourite topics at all, which is why birds are preferred.

So, stay tuned. Any comments, just let me know.

 

Part of my wildlife work is published on Instagram and on Facebook.

 

A separate website on wildlife and nature was set up and can be found here.

 

Some information on birdwatching can be found directly after the links to the species.  If you are interested in bird photography just click here.


The following links will lead you to the respective sub-sections directly. Also, you can click the pic and you will also be directed to the sub-section:


What is hidden in the grass?

The Basics of Birdwatching

 

Like many things in life, either you like it or you don't. As simple as that. Some start birdwatching very early in life others come to it at various stages in their life. When you go out birdwatching you will find it calms you down. In our hectic times this is very good news for stressed people.

 

However, you are also urged to start looking at things from nature's point of view. What equipment is necessary? Of course you will need a field guide. I believe that Collins Bird Guide by Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström and Peter J. Grant, is still a very good field guide to take out. For German readers I recommend "Der Kosmos Vogelfuehrer", Author Lars Svensson.

 

Both books have brilliant drawings of all species, also maps show regular breeding, wintering or migration. Both books are still pocket size and have extensive information for field recognition of birds.

 

A good pair of binoculars is required with magnification 8 X 56 for use even in twilight; also possible is a glass with magnification 10 X 42. What suits you and your eyes best, please find out for yourself.

 

As for clothing, you should not go out wearing strong Colours such as yellow or red. Outdoor clothing is fully suitable and the cloth should not make a rustling noise. Have you got it all? Then start birdwatching.

 

Look at the above pic. Where are they? There are three common snipes hidden in the gras. They do their best to hide them from us humans. With patience you can spot them anyway. The rest is going out and look what there is to see for you.

 

Make notes, maybe mark maps with your findings. It makes sense to join a club. In the UK the first choice is the RSPC in Germany it would the Nabu or Naturschutzbund. 

 

Please check out my Wildlife Channel if you are interested in the Topography of a Bird.

Also on my Wildlife Channel you will find Places to go for bird watching and animal photography. There is a comprehensive list of places worthwile a visit.


Rehdener Geestmoor
Observation tower Rehdener Geestmoor Diepholzer Moorniederung
Rehdener Geestmoor
Rehdener Geestmoor Diepholzer Moorniederung
Common Crane
Common Cranes feeding on a harvested field

Birdwatching - Observing Cranes

 

Some Rules for Observing Cranes

 

You should arrive at least one hour bevor sunset. Please allow for sufficient time for your walk from the car park to the observation post.

 

  1. Use the observation post in the region in order to watch cranes flying in at their resting and sleeping areas.
  2. Keep calm and be silent.
  3. You should use light intense binoculars magnifying 8x56 or 10x42 maybe even 15x42. A spotting scope at 30x80 is also much to be advised, please consider using a tripod for more stability.
  4. Bird photography only with light intense fixed focal length, but only as long as available light allows for taking shots at all. No flash photography. Over ISO 1600 the shots are rendered useless. At that point it is better to just watch and enjoy the wonderful cranes.
  5. Always keep your distance. The flight distance is rather high, on average between 200 m to 300 m.
  6. All cranes heads up in the air means the birds feel quite significantly be disturbed. Expect the entire group to fly away immediately.
  7. During daylight observe the cranes from your car when the birds are on the fields feeding.

For more information on the Common Crane please visit raymondloyalwildlife

 

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Common Crane
Cranes flying in to their resting places
Crane observation
Observation post at Oppenweher Moor
Common Crane
Cranes fyling in to their resting places

Oppenweher Moor Diepholzer Moorniederung
Oppenweher Moor with rainbow at the horizon
Oppenweher Moor Diepholzer Moorniederung
Oppenweher Moor Observation post


Gannet

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Gannet captured in flight
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Head of a gannet

Gulls

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Lesser black-backed gull

Grey Heron

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
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Grey Herron

The Crow Family

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Jackdaw

Wild Geese

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Graylag goose swimming on a lake
Barnacle geese
Barnacle Geese

Ducks

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mallard on a lake

Birds of Prey

Buzzard buteo buteo
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

The Mute Swan

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White Swan on a lake

Coots

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Adult coots on a lake

Great Crested Grebe

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Great Crested Grebe

Waders - Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Woodpigeon

common wood pigeon image
Woodpigeon on a field

Swallows

Swallow hirundo rustica
Swallows (Hirundo rustica)

Starling

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Starling feeding in the meadows

Tits

Blue tit parus caeruleus Cyanistes caeruleus
Blue tit (Parus caeruleus)

Buntings

corn bunting Emberiza calandra
Corn bunting (Emberiza calandra)

Bird Photography / Animal Photography

This section is all about bird photography and animal photography respectively. Here you will find a number pics for every species listed in this section. Pics will be added over the time. Also Information on all species will be added and extended over time.

About Techniques

For my bird photography I only use DSLR cameras and the respective lenses. First of all I work with Canon cameras and lenses. Admittedly, there are two Sigma lenses.

Tripod

When using super tele lenses you definitely need a tripod capable of carriying a substantial weight. The weight you need to put on the tripod consists of the tripod head, the super tele lens, the DSLR and maybe even your Flash with fastening equipment (Flash photography is a Special chapter in bird photography). Having said that, the Minimum bearing load for your tripod should be at least threefold the intended load.

The work angle of the tripod legs should be at least 80 Degrees, if possible look for material that allows 90 Degrees. Considering all of the above, the tripod required could be made of Aluminium or carbon fibre. Forget the idea of buying something cheap because the cheap material will never live up to expectations and you will have to invest again, paying up more than would have been necessary.

p more than would have been necessary. 

The Head

There are several types of tripod heads available such as ball heads, 2-way heads, 3-way heads, Video heads and fluid gimbal heads. Different photographic subjects required different heads. So, why not using ball or 2-way heads. Because the ball head cannot be fastened to keep the weight of the equipment at all, the 2-way head can possibly be fastened well enough, though because the weight o

 

f the super tele lenses, the head will either tilt backwards of forwards, meaning you will end up having difficulty with your AF focus.
So it will be the fluid gimbal head, which gives the best operative options available.


Mammals

Rodents

Beaver
Beaver swimming

Game

fallow deer
Fallow deer

The Wadding Sea

lighthouse westerheversand
Lighthouse Westerheversand seen from St. Peter Ording sandbank

The Wadden Sea is situated in the coastal region of the North Sea and lies between Skallingen in Denmark to Den Helder in The Netherlands. In between are the Dutch islands of Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland, Schiermonnikoog and Rottumerplaat.

 

On the German side there are the Frisian islands of Borkum, Memmert, and Juist; the East Frisian islands of Norderney, Baltrum, Langeoog, Spiekeroog and Wangerooge. At the German coastal area of Schleswig-Holstein there are Koogs and Halligs and the North Frisian islands of Pellworm, Amrun, Föhr and Sylt.

 

The Danish part of the North Frisian islands are Fanö, Mandö and Röm.

The Wadden Sea makes up the direct coastal area between Den Helder in The Netherlands and the Danish Skallingen. Because of the are being part of the coastal line the region is affected by the tidal system which floods the area twice a day with the high tide and also twice a day the low tide let the ocean withdraw up to 40 km from the coastline.

 

The entire area of the Wadden Sea is said to cover about 9000 km², the coastal length is about 450 km.

 

Through tidal creeks or tidal trenches water comes in with high tide and also recedes during low water.

 

The Wadden Sea is no more than the direct sea bed. This sea bed is habitat for birds, fishes, shells, worms, insects and specialised plants.

The Wadden Sea is directly connected to the river estuaries of Ijssel / Ijsselmeer, Ems, Elbe and Eider (near the German town of Tönning). There are a number of smaller rivers also entering into the North Sea / Wadden Sea.

 

The Wadden Sea is also one of the largest coherant wetlands. It is the largest wetland in Europe and only second to the Amazon Delta. A specific feature of the Wadden Sea are the so-called salt marshes or saltmarsh or tidal marsh, which is basically wetland between the coastal intertidal zone and the land. Saltmarshes are flooded regularly by the tides. On tidal marshes only specialised plants can grow and survive because of their salt-tolerance. The usual plants are herbs, low shrubs and mostly grasses.

 

The Wadden Sea is the stepping stone for birds during migration in spring and autumn. Also, it is a famous wintering site for birds.

 

Waders, ducks and geese use the Wadden Sea for migration stopover or as a wintering site. During that time there are thousands of them at one spot at a time. The birds are very shy but can be watched over a certain distance without disrupting the animals.


The following map shows the habitats at the coastline in the Wadden Sea.

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National Parks Wadden Sea

The Neighbouring states to the Wadden Sea all have set up and maintain national parks to preserve the Wadden Sea. Please find the parks listed as follows:

 

Link to the German site Nationalpark-Wattenmeer.de

 

 


Bird Species in the Wadden Sea

Waders

  • Dunlin
  • Oystercatcher
  • Curlew
  • Golden Plover
  • Red Knot
  • Norther Lapwing
  • Purple Sandpiper
  • Bar-tailed Godwit
  • Whimbrel
  • Common Redshank
  • Pied Avocet
  • Sanderling
  • Common Ringed Plover
  • Kentish Plover

Gull, Terns and Skuas

  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • European Herring Gull
  • Mew Gull
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Black-legged Kittiwake
  • Common Tern
  • Little Tern
  • Great Skua

Ducks and Geese

  • Common Shelduck
  • Common Eider
  • Mallard
  • Common Scotter
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • Greaylag Goose
  • Barnacle Goose
  • Brant Goose

Barnacle Goose feeding on a field behind the dunes

Barnacle geese
Barnacle Geese feeding on a meadow

Other species in the Wadden Sea

Barnacle Geese
Barnacle Geese
  • Northern Fulmar
  • Cormorant
  • Horned Lark
  • Eurasian Skylark
  • Snow Bunting
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • White-tailed Eagle