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.
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:
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.
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.
For more information on the Common Crane please visit raymondloyalwildlife
The Sanderling, species Calidris alba, is a small wading bird and belongs to the Order Charadriiformes. The most essential behaviour shown by the Sanderling is erractically running up and down the beach while feeding, the bird is extremely active. On the beach the bird races after the retreating waves and races back to the wet sand. This behaviour is also shown in the Wadden Sea during low tide when the bird races to and for between puddles. During feeding it can happen that the Sanderling gets as close as 20 cm to people standing quietly on the beach.
Length: 18-20 cm
Size: Similar to the Dunlin though plumper
Breeding: In the High Arctic areas of North America, Europe and Asia, thereby covering a substantial part of the Paleaarctic
Behaviour: generic racing along the retreating waves on the beach and running back to the wet sand, erractic behaviour, very fast. Systematic picking with the beak in the sand.
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.
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.
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
So it will be the fluid gimbal head, which gives the best operative options available.
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.
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