Wildlife

2017


Birds photography by use of a photo cabin.

December 29th we went to Lemelerveld, the Netherlands, to make use of a photocabin.
Han Bouwmeester has several of these cabins around the netherlands which he has set-up together with a nature protection organization.

We used the cabin number 7 (HBN-7). As we arrived the water was frozen which would give us some nice opportunities for good pictures.
The weather though was not all to good. It was grey and cloudy. The forecast was that it would rain in the second halve of the afternoon, which indeed it did.
We saw a lot of different species of birds living in the woods or at the border of woods / heather areas.

Hope you like the pictures and you can leave a comment if you want to. Would appreciate it.

BR
Alwin


Harriers in a snow storm, december 9th 2017

Last few weeks I had a look for the harriers to see what they are doing. Next to this I hoped I would see a short eared owl as they have been there the last couple of years as well.
There are a few areas I know of where they were seen, however this year there as not been a sighting yet.

The harriers were there and I made a few pictures of them looking for food.
The snow was pretty heavy and the wind very cold, but this made the pictures even more interesting as I know how the conditions were as I made them.
Hiding behind a camouflage net underneath a hunters cabin looking for them.
In total 3-4 hen harriers were there. Beautifull birds to watch.
Next to the harriers a few lapwings were still flying around. Remarkable, thought they were headed south.


Harriers and a fox, november 2017

Went to the Königshovener Höhe to , hopefully, see some harriers.
Actually we did. We saw 3 of them, but all far, far away. Some of them being chased by crows.
While waiting and discussing a bit, I saw something walking and thought it was a rabbit. Looked through my calera and it was a fox.
So we made ourselves as small as possible and waited.
The fox was walkign towards us, looking here, smelling something there and came closer and closer, until....... he must have smelled us.
Than he ran away.
It was an amazing experience.
Beautifull animals.

Hope you like the pictures.


Private Foto cabin, october 29th

Pheasant

Sitting in my private fotocabin for the first time.
Everything was mown away and there is a free view, so I hoped to maybe see some birds.
All of a sudden in a small green gras area, I saw something reddish moving around. It was this beautifull m ale pheasant.
My first time in my own private cabin was a succes, at least for me !
The equipment I used was not set-up for this kind of close ups of birds. I used my 300 f4 and a 1.4x TC on my Olympus E-M1mk2, which means I had 840mm available.


Königshovener Höhe, october 15th

Larches


Hen Harrier


Krickenbecker Seen, October 1st 2017

Cormorant


Garden macro

Hornets and other insects


Krickenbecker Seen, September 17th 2017

Osprey


several other birds ....


De Hoge Veluwe, September 2nd, 2017

 Dwarf Sawyer


Photography Hide near Otterlo, Netherlands


Königshovener Höhe, August 20th

Falcons

Gold Finches


Königshovener Höhe, August 13th 2017


De Wittsee, Leuthe, Germany (section 2/2)

July 30th 2017

This series was made with the Olympus E-M1 mark 2 and the 300mm F4 Pro

De Wittsee, Leuthe, Germany (section 1/2)

July 30th 2017

This series was made with the Olympus E-M1 and the 40-150 F2.8 pro


Konigshovener Höhe, Germany


De Kwaade Hoek, Netherlands