Season’s goslings

Some greylag goslings (Anser anser) from a nearby pond. The parents are impressively relaxed among humans and even approach those who sit on the benches, begging for food. Here are some photographs of this lovely family of seven taken with a 55-200mm Nikkor lens.

Location: Bayreuth, Germany

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Prerow’s swan star

Prerow, a sea resort situated on the Fischland-Darß-Zingst Peninsula (German Baltic coast), hosts its share of mute swans (Cygnus olor). In the spring, the birds breed on the reed beds that stretch along the coastline.

But while some are busy hatching their eggs, others have different concerns. One imposing swan was on its best behavior to get the tourists’ attention the other morning. Not the least bothered by Continue reading

Duck Threesome

Mallards ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) excel at coexisting with us, so sighting them in urban areas or elsewhere is often a dull encounter, until they do something remarkable that changes your opinion of them—forever.

Put a lone male together with a mating pair and you may witness a chaotic aerial chase followed by an odd threesome forced on the female. Apologies for the poor image quality (due to fast motion and the birds moving towards or away from me), but you get the idea.

The tumultuous chase repeated several times, though only once did the lone duck manage to get to the female.

This is not unusual duck behavior, on the contrary. Forced copulation in mallards is so common that a term was coined for it, i.e. “intent-rape flight” or “attempted rape flight”. Continue reading

Monochrome ducks

All photos were taken with a Nikon D3300 + 55-200mm lens.
Location: Bayreuth (Rohrenseepark), Germany

Barnacle Army

A little army of handsome Barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) walking in perfect order on the thin ice covering the lake of the Röhrenseepark in Bayreuth, Germany, this afternoon.

These are the birds that were featured on the BBC One nature show Life Story for having  Continue reading