Aggressive crab River Kingfisher Gossamer-winged Butterflies (Lycaenidae) Pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae) Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) Morning song Little hat village Deer Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) Glarus Thrust Arctic Tern Marmot Wood ant Beaver Snowdrops
Aggressive crab

Aggressive crab

One evening on my holidays at the North Sea I was sitting on the floor at the mudflat when the sea was receding. I was hoping for some good pictures of sea birds when something rather unexpected happened: Some crabs suddenly started comming out of the water and were looking for a hide behind stones. This crab was pretty sure that I was a stone. It was difficult convincing it that I wasn't a stone and that I didn't want to be one until I started pushing it softly with my feet.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

30. Juli 2018 - 20:50:12
River Kingfisher

River Kingfisher

Almost two years after my latest viewing of a river kingfisher in the area of the Rohrer Schachen near Aarau I was riding my bike home when I discovered a kingfisher about to change its seating place along the Aare river. So I stopped and got off my bike, got under the camouflage. Shortly after I realized that there were three kingfishers who dived into the river almost non stop just in front of me. Just after each dive they retuned to some branch nearby. Once that branch was just above me. That is when I took this picture.

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9. Juli 2018 - 09:41:20
Gossamer-winged Butterflies (Lycaenidae)

Gossamer-winged Butterflies (Lycaenidae)

Long before sunrise the first light of the twilight falls on that little Lycaenidae. Some hours will pass before the sun has finally evaporated the dew from its wings.

This picture is part of the category Close-Up & Macro

23. Mai 2018 - 05:18:49
Pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae)

Pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae)

Quietly it was sitting on the branch swimming in the water. As always when approaching pool frogs I had to be very careful because the slightest movement on my part would force it to jump into the protecting water of the pool. That would mean that one has to wait for a long time for its reappearance - hopefully at the very same location. I could take this picture of the pool frog from a very low position through the reed.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

16. April 2018 - 10:04:44
Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

Once again the English name for a bird is much more descriptive than the German one. Nonetheless, this male blackcap was obviously on the search for a female partner as it was singing at full force.

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23. April 2018 - 10:36:16
Morning song

Morning song

Colorful autumnal light surrounds the song of this Great Tit.

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29. Januar 2017 - 15:45:32
Little hat village

Little hat village

In autumn 2017 there were incredibly many fungi growing in our forests, thanks to the very good climatic conditions in that year. Never before had I seen so many different kinds of fungi. You only had to turn around to see another little hat village.

This picture is part of the category Close-Up & Macro

27. September 2017 - 08:15:44
Deer

Deer

While spending summer holidays in Northern Germany, in the countryside not far from the Baltic Sea, one evening I decided to go to a forest where I thought there could be some animals. And yes, shortly after I had installed myself under the camouflage four deer approached and enjoyed eating on the lush pasture. Later they were joined by some hares. When I had decided to return home something thrilling started: An off-road car was approaching me across the pasture at high speed. As it turned out it was the local hunter to whom the ground belonged where I was just standing. We had a nice chat. As I had to learn the hunt season had already started. Means that it is somehow dangerous strolling around forest in Northern Germany.

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15. Juli 2017 - 21:29:13
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

You can see the great cormorant almost anytime in the city of Aarau along the river Aare. In the nature reserve nearby I haven't seen them often, usually just flying by. That morning I sat next to the shore of the Aarschächli in the early morning and in the fog. Suddenly two cormorants swam along quite close. In the early morning light the don't appear black, but rather shiny.

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16. Oktober 2017 - 09:12:01
Glarus Thrust

Glarus Thrust

In the center of the UNESCO world nature heritage there is the village of Elm, well known because of the ex skier Vreni Schneider, the lemonade named after the village and the Martinsloch. Later can be seen on this picture in dramatic light.

This picture is part of the category Landscape

27. August 2017 - 12:17:51
Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern

I could observe two Arctic Terns hunting around a little pond in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. They were flying their circles around the pond and from time to time they plunged into the water to catch little fishes. They ignored the signpost clarifying that it was a private area and fishing was forbidden.

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17. Juli 2017 - 19:49:50
Marmot

Marmot

Usually you only see or hear marmots from far away. This time I could approach this male and its female as close as about five meters and observe the two for a longer time. Sometimes the male wanted to tag its patch with its loud whistles. That can be seen on this picture because of the wide open mouth.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

24. Juni 2017 - 16:54:52
Wood ant

Wood ant

Taking pictures of ants is not easy at all. Usually they move quite fast and unpredictably. While I was trying to take a sharp and also nice picture I suddenly realized that this ant was watching me and seemingly wanted to attack me. It looked like an aggressive posture. I tried to imagine what I would hear if I were understanding their language.

This picture is part of the category Close-Up & Macro

5. Mai 2017 - 09:02:08
Beaver

Beaver

It had been quite a long time since I went to the nature reserve Auenschutzpark Aarau-Wildegg to take pictures of beavers. Since recently the work of these animals has become ubiquitous in the area I was once again motivated to lie in ambush in the early morning hours. Successfully as it should turn out. But not at all surprising as I know very well where to find beavers. Occasionally some nutria and mallard ducks passed by as well, so it was diversified.

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29. März 2017 - 07:02:32
Snowdrops

Snowdrops

When the last snow of the winter is melted Nature wakes up for the next season. The first plants that show themselves are the Snowdrops (Galanthus) that can let the skirts of certain forests appear like white meadows for a short time. They can also be found around housing complexes or - like in this case - next to a playground. Like that a family walk can be used for taking some pictures.

This picture is part of the category Close-Up & Macro

12. März 2017 - 15:32:19