and that not only means, that the flowers are starting to bloom and the trees are getting new leaves. Also the amphibians are back in the ponds.
Recently I attended a bird of prey flight show. Different falcons, hawks, eagles and owls showed there skills in flying. It was amazing. Unfortunately I had to use high ISO because the weather was not so good.
Here are a few impressions.
If you have the opportunity to see such a show, go and watch and enjoy.
… from another island: Helgoland.
Helgoland is a small island in the German Bight in the North Sea. The shortest distance to the German mainland is 70 km. It’s also the island with the largest distance to the mainland.
To go to Helgoland you have take a ferry boat (or a small plane) and it lasts 2,5 hours for coping that distance. During winter the ships are able to sail into the harbor while you have to change to a small boat on the sea tobe brought to land during the summer. During the summer many ships starting to Helgoland from different harbors while in winter only one ship sails every other day.
We were a small group of 9 people starting on Tuesday to Cuxhaven and sailing with the ship on Wednesday. We stayed until Sunday and had a wonderful time.
When we arrived at Helgoland we had a nice sunny day and walked around the island in the afternoon. It’s an interesting island with in interesting geologic history. Nowadays the most impressing view is the red rock.
We were at Helgoland during winter to watch the gray seals and also the baby seals. They are born during winter.
Weather was fine. No rain, but some sunshine. Unfortunately also two foggy days.
Never? I did.
On Saturday we were at a Terrazoo. It’s a building with many terrariums containing exotic animals like iguanas, tropic frogs, geckos, small crocodiles, strange insects and, of course, snakes. Beside pythons and cobras there were also green mambas. Another terrarium contained poison dart frogs in blue and in yellow.
It was very interesting to watch to all those exotic animals.
This morning my wife found an Alpine newt in the water in our guests toilet. We’re not living in the countryside, but in a small city. Thus it’s quite a surprise to find such an animal in the garden. Though the surprise was even bigger to find it in the house. We also don’t have a pond.
Never the less, we fetched it out of the toilet.
Here are some pictures I’ve taken before we set him free at the pond of our neighbors.
Have you ever seen paradise birds flying free in the sky? I have, and it was so wonderful to look at them. It seemed to me that they had so much fun in flying. It seemed to me that they were playing tag with each other and flying one loop after another just for fun.
This is the White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus ). I saw them several times and it was a pleasure to observe them. Their flights impressed me very much.
I also saw the black Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, a very rare black paradise bird. I only saw one bird twice. When I it first I didn’t have a camera with me, because I came back from snorkeling. At the second time I saw one I was unable to place a good shot because the bird only flew short distances from one tree to another hiding itself in the leaves. According to Wikipedia there are only about 200 black Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher couples living on La Digue. So I’m happy for have seen one.
There were also some other birds. But until now I’m unable to identify them all. I’ll post them later.