Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) Mushroom in autumn forest Kingfisher Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) landing Fly Amanita (Amanita muscaria) Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) Money or Love Fragile Art Little climber Snake's head (Fritillaria meleagris) Hyacinthoides Crocus with visitor Ant Red Kite Good bye, little blue diamond

Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)

Beside the quite frequent white wagtail there is also the mountain wagtail in Switzerland, which occurs however some more rarely. It is mostly found on the gravelly banks of watercourses, and contrary to its name, also in the lowlands. While I was watching the kingfishers, I suddenly noticed that there was another bird near the water. Since it did not notice me under the camouflage cover, I was able to photograph it for a few minutes.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

10. Oktober 2019 - 14:07:40

Mushroom in autumn forest

Autumn is the time of mushrooms. I spent a whole afternoon looking for a beautiful picture in the woods. There were more than enough fungi, but most of them grow in foliage or branches, so they can't be ideally shown on a photo. Fortunately, this small specimen grew a little exposed on an old tree trunk.

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

26. Oktober 2019 - 15:29:32

Kingfisher

Last week I had seen seven kingfishers on a single morning, at least five different individuals. So the population is very good at the moment. I therefore decided to go to my kingfisher hotspot once again. Time was relatively short, but I was able to see a kingfisher sitting in front of me for about two of the three available hours. This photo was taken when it sat down about five meters away on a fallen tree above the creek.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

7. Oktober 2019 - 10:59:09

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) landing

In autumn there is a larger number of cormorants along the river Aare. That morning I was already hidden under my camouflage cover before dusk and waited for the awakening of the animal world. Several times I saw kingfishers, great crested grebes and mallards passed by, until I could finally take a picture of this cormorant in the warm morning light.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

1. Oktober 2019 - 07:58:34

Fly Amanita (Amanita muscaria)

The fly amanita is certainly the most famous mushroom in our latitudes and for me the most beautiful of all. Finally I found some specimens again and could take a picture.

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

26. September 2019 - 14:36:17

Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus)

This year I had searched most oaks I had encountered along the Jura Crest Trail for stag beetles. I never found one. Then one morning during the holidays I opened the window and there sat a huge specimen right in front of me. So that it did not come into the room, I placed it first on the balcony railing, but noticed that it would mean there by the sparrows looking for food for their young birds probably its end. So I carried him outside and put him on a tree where this photo was taken.

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

24. Juli 2019 - 09:36:23

Money or Love

Sometimes you discover small works of art when you walk through cities with your eyes open.

This picture is part of the category Et Cetera

31. Mai 2019 - 11:46:24

Fragile Art

The very first time I passed this building I noticed the broken window glass, but I didn't realize what was there to see, because the whole building was uninhabited and in need of repair. Only a few days later did the sun light shine on the window pane in such a way that the cracks glowed and the true "face" appeared.

This picture is part of the category Et Cetera

19. Juli 2019 - 18:18:19

Little climber

This little bug seems to have a goal. Hopefully the flower will withstand its weight.

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

16. Juni 2019 - 08:09:47

Snake's head (Fritillaria meleagris)

This extremely rare flower only grows on special grounds. In Switzerland there are just two places where they can be found. The more important of them is in the Newbourgian Jura at the border of the Doubs river. Approximately 300 pieces were growing on the slumping grass. Because this flower is on the red list it is strictly protected and the nature reserve was established just for its protection.

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

14. April 2016 - 11:51:31

Hyacinthoides

Once again I was stalking in my usual territory when I discovered some very beautiful flowers that were eye-catching because of their blue color. Anna-Barbara Utelli helped me to identify this plant as Hyacinthoides which is the very same plant that transforms the floor of a famous forest in Belgium to a blue carpet. There are many international photographers travelling there just to take the ever same pictures.

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

26. April 2019 - 15:47:25

Crocus with visitor

One of the earliest indicators for the approaching spring time are crocus. Just shortly after the snowdrops they show their heads in parks and gardens. That's also the time when the first bees start flying around, given that the weather is nice and warm enought.

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

21. Februar 2019 - 16:08:10

Ant

This picture of an ant walking on the lower side of a leaf is one of my favourites and hanging on the wall of my bed room as large format print.

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

18. Mai 2016 - 06:04:16

Red Kite

It is an interesting fact that the number of Red Kites is growing in Switzerland in contrast to most other countries. It is nothing unusual to see one of these raptors in the sky. Still it was quite special when I could see about ten of these animals flying in circles above me. The reason was a farmer who was cutting the grass and by that probably made available some food that they were diving for. I could even observe as one of the birds caught a big dragonfly in flight.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

9. Juli 2018 - 10:52:19

Good bye, little blue diamond

After I had observed two kingfishers at a new location in the forests nearby, I decided to take a morning off and spend that time on only that most beautiful of all birds. I was in that area for about three hours and had the luck that the bird came back four times and I could observe it. Again and again it returned to the very same branches in the stream and also next to it. It seemed to come there to relax from hunting. This allowed me to take a lot of beautiful pictures.

This picture is part of the category Wildlife Wild

23. Oktober 2018 - 09:20:11