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Travel Tuesday: northern gannets

These little guys are preparing for their breeding season. They build their nests side by side on these small ledges. Different to other sea birds, gannets build nests. They use algae as nesting material. Nowadays, they also use wasted parts of fish nets and other plastic materials. While algae decay over time, the artificial material fish nets and such consist of, don’t decay. Instead, it’s a huge danger for fish, dolphins, whales and for fish-catching birds. The material can’t be bitten through when the head, a foot or a wing gets entangled by the material. In that case the animal usually has to die.

Take care!

 

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Travel Tuesday: chatting neighbours

It’s mid January and the northern gannets are already preparing their nest for the upcoming breeding season. The warm light might fool you. After a quite mild winter they appeared very early. They use lost fishing nets for building their nests. Unfortunately, this is also a serious danger for them. Think of a wing, the head or a foot gets entangled. Than, no-one is able to help them. The cliffs are too steep for a human.

Take care!

 

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Monochrome Madness 4-52

The number 52 is up again in the title. So, another year of Monochrome Madness has come to its end. It’s the 4th year, that is over now. But, nothing to cry upon. Celebrate the anniversary with me.

To celebrate this anniversary, I had a look on my images published during the last 52 weeks and picked my favourite images from that pile. Here they are:

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are  published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

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Travel Tuesday: fearless sanderlings

 

sanderling (Calidris alba) / Sanderling

One can only marvel that these little birds are running so close in the surf to pull their food out of the sand. On the one hand, that they are not afraid of the waves and, on the other hand, that they even find food among the sand.

Take care!

 

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Travel Tuesday: come up to me

ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) / Steinwälzer

It’s always fun observing these small birds. They are walking up and down the beach. Most of the time they are in the surf zone searching for food between the stones, the washed up algae and other stuff. Often, it’s quite hard to see them properly because they are well camouflaged between all this stuff.

 

Take care!