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My new paradise: Helgoland (birds and pinnipeds)

Discussion in 'Nature' started by ak300, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. ak300

    ak300 Mu-43 Veteran

    321
    Apr 18, 2014
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    We spent three(!) days on Helgoland which is the only German high-sea island. Here, a huge variety of migrant birds can be found. It is unbelievable how many great impressions we made in such short time and we want to share them. Please enjoy watching ...

    PA060732_web.
    (female chaffinch)

    PA050151_web.
    (grey wagtail)

    PA049179_web.
    (sanderling)

    PA049005_web.
    (grey seal)

    Best regards,
    Alex
     
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  2. ak300

    ak300 Mu-43 Veteran

    321
    Apr 18, 2014
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    PA049201_web.
    (northern wheatear)

    PA059727_web.
    (grey seal)

    PA050120_web.
    (meadow pipit)

    Best regards,
    Alex
     
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  3. ak300

    ak300 Mu-43 Veteran

    321
    Apr 18, 2014
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    PA038172_web.
    ("Lange Anna")

    PA038177_web.
    (Kastjaal-Hingst und Skittenhörn)

    PA060527_web.
    (Buntsandstein)

    Best regards,
    Alex
     
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  4. ak300

    ak300 Mu-43 Veteran

    321
    Apr 18, 2014
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    PA050107_web.
    (mallard)

    PA059667_web.
    (grey seal)

    PA050190_web.
    (robin)

    Best regards,
    Alex
     
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  5. ak300

    ak300 Mu-43 Veteran

    321
    Apr 18, 2014
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    PA048982_web.
    (grey seals)

    PA060675_web.

    (young siskin)

    PA059693_web.
    (grey seals)

    Best regards,
    Alex
     
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  6. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 Veteran

    291
    Mar 18, 2015
    Nice pictures! I've been thinking about visiting Helgoland for a while now. Should really just go ahead and do it.
     
  7. tonyturley

    tonyturley Mu-43 Veteran

    373
    Nov 19, 2014
    Excellent work.
     
  8. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    Very nice! Deserves a feature IMO :)
     
  9. ak300

    ak300 Mu-43 Veteran

    321
    Apr 18, 2014
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    PA049021_web.
    (grey seal)

    PA050384_web.
    (jack snipe with 300mm and EC-20)

    PA050432_web.
    (Helgoland)

    Best regards,
    Alex
     
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  10. Rasmus

    Rasmus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    660
    Nov 16, 2013
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    I sort of knew that Helgoland was on my bucket list, but now I'm sure. I guess my bucket list for the German coast has Helgoland, Rügen (mainly for the WWII ruins at Prora) and the Oder delta. Is anything missing from the list? :)
     
  11. ak300

    ak300 Mu-43 Veteran

    321
    Apr 18, 2014
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    I think many places are left but if you are in the field of birding I think it's an unique place for Germany.

    Best regards,
    Alex
     
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  12. Weebee

    Weebee Mu-43 Rookie

    18
    Oct 2, 2016
    Steve
    Very nice work!
     
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  13. ak300

    ak300 Mu-43 Veteran

    321
    Apr 18, 2014
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    PA050407_web.
    (lighthouse)

    PA049376_web.
    (grey seal)

    PA060542_web.
    (kestrel in the Buntsandstein)


    PA060003_thumb. PA060046_thumb.
    PA060170_thumb. PA060193_thumb.
    (some fun pictures, please see the small birds!)

    Best regards, Alex
     
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  14. tonyturley

    tonyturley Mu-43 Veteran

    373
    Nov 19, 2014
    Really like the lighthouse, seal, and kestrel shots, Alex.
     
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  15. ak300

    ak300 Mu-43 Veteran

    321
    Apr 18, 2014
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    The more often I go through the images, the more images I find to finalize:

    PA050125_web.
    (robin)

    PA049185_web.
    (sanderling)

    PA059956_web.
    (robin)

    Best regards,
    Alex
     
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  16. OlyRobles

    OlyRobles Mu-43 Rookie

    15
    Jan 7, 2013
    Paso Robles
    Mark
    Prima! Ausgezeichnet! I don't get to use German much here but hopefully spelled right (grew up in Germany quite a while back but never visited Helgoland). We have similar animals here on the central coast of California but I'm not as familiar with birds as you clearly are. Well taken photos and thanks for sharing. I've not posted photos here but lately the number of great shots, including your set, posted on the site may inspire me to do so.
    Markus
     
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  17. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Luke
    Awesome photos. I really like clicking through and viewing them on your website with that cool loupe magnifying tool you have there. Thanks for sharing
     
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  18. dweller

    dweller Mu-43 Veteran

    378
    Sep 14, 2012
    London, UK
    Beautiful photos and I love your website with the magnifying loupe.
     
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  19. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
    pellicle
    I can really see why you shared this one ... just has a wonderful 3 dimensional character about it.
     
  20. kajunito

    kajunito Mu-43 Regular

    27
    Nov 6, 2012
    Amsterdam
    Luis
    Hi,
    Great pictures. I am planning to go in december to Helgoland, mainly for the seals, for 2 days/1 night. How close can you get to them? What lens will u suggest to take? My longest is the 75mm. I guess that will not be enough?
    Thanks in advance!
     
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