Sunday, September 27, 2015

Green Rose Chafer (Cetonia aurata)

A splendid beetle in Europe is the Green Rose Chafer (Cetonia aurata). I found this one in late summer, on a sunny forest edge.

Goldglänzender Rosenkäfers (Cetonia aurata)

Goldglänzender Rosenkäfers (Cetonia aurata)

Goldglänzender Rosenkäfers (Cetonia aurata)
 Linked with Macro Monday.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Swiss National Park

A very good place to see wildlife in Europe is the Swiss National Park in eastern Switzerland. There is the Val Trupchun, a famous place for the dense red deer population. They live in open forests and grassland and can found along the ways. In autumn, it is a spectacular show to watch during the rutting season. But there are also several other species like alpine Ibex, Chamois or Marmots.

Val Trupchun
The Val Trupchun.

We started our tour early in the morning and made another one short before sunset. It was a little like a safari with red deer on almost every corner of the forests.      

Rothirsche im Val Trupchun
Red Deers in the Val Trupchun

Red Deers in the Val Trupchun

Ibex and Chamois are easy to find, in the open grassland above the timberline.

Alpensteinbock im Val Trupchun
An Ibex with a GPS Transmitter.

Alpensteinbock im Schweizer Nationalpark
Another ibex.

A group of Chamois on alpine grassland
A group of Chamois on alpine grassland.

Chamois in the Val Trupchun

Chamois in the Val Trupchun

Reh im Schweizer Nationalpark
A Roe Deer.
The little stars are the marmots:
Alpine Mamot in the Val Trupchun

Alpine Mamot in the Val Trupchun
Alpine Mamot in the Val Trupchun

The bird fauna is rich, but, in many cases, the birds are fast and keep a long distance.  

Buntspecht im Schweizer Nationalpark
Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Hausrotschwanz in den Alpen
Black redstart in the natural environment, before they moved to human surroundings they lived in the alpine zone.

Fichtenkreuzschnabel im Schweizer Nationalpark
A Red Crossbill.
Tannenhäher im Val Trupchun
Spotted Nutcracker.

Alpendohle im Val Trupchun
An Alpine Chough.

Alpenbraunelle im Schweizer Nationalpark
Alpine Accentor

Although it was already September, was there a few flowers.
Enzian im Schweizer National Park
A late blooming gentian.

Fransenenzian (Gentianella ciliata)
Fringed Gentian (Gentianella ciliata

Edelweiss im Schweitzer Nationalpark
An Edelweiss.

Linked with Viewing Nature with Eileen, Id Rather B Birdin and Wild Bird Wednesday.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Grassland in the Alps

Grassland in the Swiss National Park. The garland-like structures are produced by soilifluction (soil movement in peclacial environments). 

Garland-like solifluction

Garland-like solifluction

Linked with the Weekend in Black and White.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Some Birds on the Altmühlsee

Some birds which I got in front of the camera, during a walk, a couple of weeks ago. It was around the lake Altmühlsee in southern Germany, always a good place for birding.

sand martin (Riparia riparia)
A singel sand martin.

little egret (Egretta garzetta)
Far away, but an exotic visitor for the area is the little egret.

common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
A young moorhen.

European pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)
European pied flycatcher.

great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
Parents at work, some great grested grebes.

Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula)

sedge warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Hidden in the reed,  a young sedge warbler.
Linked with Wild Bird Wednesday.

Monday, September 14, 2015


Soos is a nature reserve in the Czech Republic, near to Františkovy Lázně and the best place to see signs of volcanism in Central Europe. The area is a fen and full of mofettas (exhalations of carbon dioxide). It is not the Yellowstone park but fascinating and a little surreal, it bubbles and gurgles at every corner.

the fen in Soos
The fen.
The fen is placed in a trench in the Eger Graben system, faults in the underground allow the gas to escape and form the exhalations.

Mofette in Soos
A mofetta, the form shows the directions of a fault in the rocks below the mud.

The area is also famous for mineral springs with water containing iron, sulfate, chloride, hydrogen carbonate and  soda.

Kaiserquelle in Soos
Gas rich water, because of the hydrogen sulfide it smells like rotten eggs.
Shared with Our World Tuesday and Sweet Shot Tuesday.
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