The ponds around Herrnstein Castle near Ruppichteroth in the Rhein-Sieg district always offer opportunities for beautiful animal photos. Today the waters were mainly populated with many mute swans, but rust and Canada geese as well as pond and coot also attracted attention. We had a tripod with us for the Nikkor 200 - 500 mm f / 5.6, but this beautiful lens can also be used by hand thanks to the VR II image stabilization.
Amphibians (Lissamphibia) such as frogs and toads belong to the order of the frogs (Anura) and are not easy to distinguish from one another. Frogs tend to be slim and agile while toads are rather sedate, stocky and slow. Especially in Panama we were able to photograph interesting frogs, which are sometimes very poisonous, so that you have to be careful when taking photos in the jungle for several reasons.
The black-browed albatross or Mollymauk (Thalassarche melanophris) from the albatross family (Diomedeidae) spends almost its entire life in the air over the Southern Ocean. We were able to photograph these wonderful birds in Saunders, one of the Falkland Islands, where a large colony of this species is situated.
The redshank is one of the snipe birds (Scolopacidae) in the order plover-like (Charadriiformes) and lives in almost all of Eurasia on coasts and waters. At around 30 cm tall, it is slightly smaller than its relative, the greenshank, when fully grown. In Germany you can easily see it on the Wadden Sea. Here it also likes to show itself in larger collections. We were able to photograph him directly from the house in Lofoten, where we could conveniently set up our 500 mm f / 4.0 Nikkor on the veranda.
When the physicist Shelden Cooper ruined his friends' lunch with the story of the faecal eating capybaras in the series Big Bang Theory, these cute giant rodents became somewhat unhappy. These capybaras from the guinea pig family certainly deserve more appropriate consideration - so it was a pleasure to watch these social animals in a marshland in Gamboa and to see how the adult animals shelter their offspring, they play with each other and together to search for information set out.
White-tailed eagles are among the largest birds of prey in Europe and can hardly be confused either in flight, on the ground or in trees. In Norway we were able to take photos of them from our little house right by the sea, but the most impressive pictures were taken on a boat excursion to the Trollfjord, where we were able to take pictures of them hunting fish. The towering rocks were ideal as a background for the eye-to-eye recordings.
The Common merganser (Mergus merganser) belongs to the genus of sawyers and to the family of duckbirds (Anatidae). They feed mainly on small fish that they hunt together. It is an impressive sight when many of these birds work together on the water and drive schools of fish into a corner.
The village named St Lucia by stranded Portuguese in 1554 is located in the uMkhanyakude district of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. This location is a popular starting point for excursions to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, where many different animals can be observed and photographed. Apart from the impressive "hippos", the hippos that occasionally roam the town at night, we were also able to observe and photograph the majestic fish eagles on a tour through the wetlands.
The Japanese macaques of Yudanaka are also called snow monkeys. They love to sit in the hot springs in winter. But still in the 1950s, the monkeys were not doing well. They did the same in the nearby onsen and went straight to the hot baths with the guests. This was not for everyone, so the macaques were hunted first and their population shrank accordingly.