You might have noticed this image in my top of 2018 collection last week. I really recommend clicking in the image to resize it.
In November 2018 I was observing these to buzzards. One of them came and sat down on the branch, facing me in my hide. A few minutes later, the second buzzard cam from my back and attacked the first arrival. After a short fight, the first arrival fled and landed in only a short distance behind the branch and stayed. Both buzzards stayed in that positions for several minutes (10-15): the second buzzard on the branch and the first buzzard on the left behind the branch.
Probably, on of you is able to explain that situation to me. I assume, the second one is one of the parents of the first one and still trying to get rid of the kid. Or is it a couple? I can’t decide them. I even can’t decide, which of them is male and which a female. Buzzard look so similar. The only fact is, males are about 1/3 smaller than the females.
Today, I’m showing you my personal highlights from the last year in no particular order.
What happened during the past 12 months related to photography?
- January: Helgoland
- February: hot-air balloon flight in the Bavarian Alps
- April: Scotland, Isle of Skye
- May: start of the hottest and longest summer ever (hottest year since the beginning of the recording of weather data)
- June: Baltic Sea, Isle Usedom
- July: Birds of prey and testing the OM-D 1 M III
- August: Visiting Switzerland and doing some hikes in the Alpes, “hunting” foxes and deers
- September: lots of flowers and insects, visiting Photokina
- October: wildlife photography in different places and some nice Indian summer images
- November: Baltic Sea, Zingst
- December: lots of rain to refill the empty water reservoirs, that were dried out by the heat and the sun during the long summer
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APS-C, ISO 800, 400mm (~600mm)
Another image for my trip last fall for photographing common cranes in north-east Germany.
This is a quite common kind of food selling booth. Despite it looks like a pop-up shop, it’s more permanent. In Germany, you can find these food selling booths nearly everywhere. They are selling ice-cream, fish rolls, French fries, bratwurst, döner, waffles and so on: food to eat while walking or simply standing beside the booths. Some of these kinds of food you could find everywhere, others are more regional like this crab selling booth or booths selling fish rolls.
The writing on top of the booth says: “fresh crabs daily” and “unpreserved”. While the writing in the lower right corner says: “not today” 🤣
Here we meet a cormorant. You know, cormorants eat fish and they catch fish by diving after them. As long as the water isn’t frozen, they stay and hunt. Because they don’t have the option to seal their feathers with grease to keep the feathers dry, they have to spread out their wings after a few dives to get dry again.
During winter, not only the water is cold, also the air is cold. But, a cormorant lives his life anyway. When getting hungry they have to dive after fish and get wet. Afterwards you can see them standing somewhere with spread wings for getting dry again. I guess, it’s a long time during winter.
This cormorant stood on the beach for a long time to get dry in mid January. For about an hour or so we were able to observe him, he stood there looking at the sea and kept in his place even when humans show up and came quite close.