A Photo a Day

Animal portraits.

August 11, 2011

Cowfish

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thornback cowfish in the Frankfurt aquarium
The aquarium of the Frankfurt zoo is a world of its own - especially recommended on rainy days when other animals retreat to their stables…

October 18, 2010

Trojan Squirrel

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As this animal was very busy excavating items hidden under Trojan soil and inspecting the cravices of the ancient walls, we called it Heinrich after German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann.

October 2, 2010

Coendou

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a Prehensile-tailed porcupine or coCohendou on a small treeendou at the Frankfurt Zoo

April 24, 2010

Dogs in a shop

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puppy in Himeji

another young dog in the same shop

There were quite a few puppies in this shop in Himeji, near the famous castle, every one in its own small plastic box, looking outside.
Of course I wish that every one finds a nice home and a good owner, but isn’t it a pity that such shops can make money this way?

April 11, 2010

Rest in Peace, Turtle

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Seen in Kamakuras Haze Dera temple.

September 1, 2009

Stork

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A stork sitting in the dunes at Nida (Lithuania)

July 31, 2008

Young elk at Skansen

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young elk at Skansen

young elk standing

Skansen is a museum village right in the centre of Stockholm showing many wooden buildings from Sweden.
It also has a nice zoo with domestic animals including elk and bears.
This young elk obviously still had some problems to coordinate 4 long legs…

March 23, 2008

Caiman Portrait

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Crocodile at Tambor Beach

I spotted this nice fellow under a bridge crossing a small rivulet near the hotel.
As this was the mouth of the small river, and the water presumably quite brackish, I guess that this was a crocodile rather than a caiman, but I’m by no means sure.
Maybe someone more knowledgeable can enlighten me?
Actually, the way this animal looked was quite “cute”, and neither of us seemed to be scared although we were only a few meters away from each other…

February 8, 2008

Water Hole

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Addo Elephant Park
Seen in Addo Elephant park, South Africa.

June 20, 2007

Take it from the Hippos Mouth

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hippo in Opelzoo, Germany
This fellow is hoping for carrots and you actually can see a few deep inside the hippos mouth.
The teeth are quite impressive, and fortunately you cannot smell the animal’s breath…

June 18, 2007

A Day at the Zoo

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The Suricates or Meerkats (German: “Erdmännchen”) are everybody’s darlings…

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The Marabou Stork may not be among nature’s most beautiful photo models, but it’s fascinating to watch and seems to be quite intelligent…
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A nice day to relax on the lawn…

I took all these photos (and many more) at the Opel Zoo in Kronberg, not too far away from Frankfurt (Germany).

March 16, 2007

Lynx

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Here you can see the typical small tuft of black hair on the ears of the lynx.
This is easily the biggest cat species in central Europe and a very impressive sight.

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Another typical feature of the Lynx is its short, stubby tail.
Again, these pictures were taken at the “Fasanerie” in Wiesbaden, Germany.

March 11, 2007

A day at the “Fasanerie”, Wiesbaden

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The “Fasanerie” in Wiesbaden is home to animals that used to live in the region such as the Wisent (a form of buffalo), wolves and even some bears.

more photos taken at the “Fasanerie”, Wiesbaden: racoon, young foxes.
more photos from Wiesbaden at A Photo a Day.
I also have a special site only showing photos from Wiesbaden.
More about Wiesbaden:
Official website of the city
The salient facts at Wikipedia.

March 7, 2007

Dambulla: Monkey Business

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A monkey right outside the Dambulla (Sri Lanka) caves.
Looks like he might have been the role model for Mr. Spock?

January 16, 2007

Costa Rica: Monkey on the Beach

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Hanging your rucksack from a tree may offer a certain protection against other species, however, the Capuchin monkeys are not easily deterred, especially if they know there are fruits to be found.
Actually, a few minutes later when nobody was looking, a colleague of the monkey in the picture retrieved a shopping bag full of fruit from another traveller and disappeared with it in a high tree.
Seen on a Costa Rica beach.

November 12, 2006

Sheep at Castlerigg Stone Circle

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Sheep grazing in front of Castlerigg Stone Circle

It seemed as though the sheep (unlike tourists) would not really like to wander within the ring. Cosmic energy? Training? Or do they just perceive the stones a sort of solid barrier?

September 23, 2006

Cute Prisoner

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Hungry Prisoner, originally uploaded by laurenz.

A racoon in Wiesbaden’s “Fasanerie” is begging for food.

September 20, 2006

Who’s that?

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Who’s that?, originally uploaded by laurenz.

no idea what type of bug this is - but it sure is sitting on a beautiful lotos seed pod in a Fukuoka temple.

September 5, 2006

Seagull

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Seagull, originally uploaded by laurenz.

highly recommended: a boat trip on a beautiful day near Otaru (Hokkaido).
Otaru itself is a pleasant enough city, but the colourful harbour is a photographer’s paradise.
One of the attractions aboard are the seagulls which are attracted by crumbs of bread thrown into the air by some passengers.

June 20, 2006

Dove

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A dove sitting on a tree in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Minolta Dynax 7d, Tokina 80-400mm lens.

May 28, 2006

Young foxes

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Today, I visited the “Fasanerie” a small zoo in Wiesbaden specialising in local animals.
There now are many young animals, but especially the young foxes were everybody’s darlings.

April 23, 2006

Goose Family

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Goose Family, originally uploaded by laurenz.

Mother goose with her young. A moment later, they all would get under a her right wing!

March 7, 2006

Turtle head

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Turtle head, originally uploaded by laurenz.

Shot with a tele lens in the botanical gardens of Puerto de la Cruz (tenerife, Spain).

March 3, 2006

Loro Parque

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Jumping Dolphin

Yesterday, I visited Loro Parque - a zoo that once specialised in parrots but now also has a huge penguin area and a spectacular dolphin show.
Beautiful and a good choice if one can’t be too sure about the weather.

January 19, 2006

Watching the canyon

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A Llama and a dog in the Colca Canyon (near Arequipa, Peru)

A white llama and a black dog are looking into the Colca Canyon (near Arequipa).

October 30, 2005

Galway Rainbow

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Galway Rainbow with swans
When I was in Galway (Ireland), I was lucky enough to see this scene - and have my cameras ready…

August 4, 2005

Wasp

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Cropped Wasp, originally uploaded by laurenz.

a macro shot of a wasp taken in Wiesbaden Schierstein with my tiny Lumix FX8.

July 25, 2005

Striped Shield Bug

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A striped shiel bug sitting on a flower. Seen on a walk in Wiesbaden-Schierstein.
The scientific name of the animal: Graphosoma lineatum.
Incredible that it is possible to hand-hold such a shot with a tiny camera like the Lumix FX8…

July 9, 2005

Scottish Reindeer

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Reindeer
Reindeer in the Cairngorms National Park

April 17, 2005

Chipmunk and cigarette butt, Agra

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Chipmunk in Agra
I have seen all sorts of squirrels in parks, but the chipmunks in Agra and other Indian cities were not the least shy.

March 31, 2005

Lazy Time in Australia

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I never came across as many sleepy animals in one country! Could it be that there’s something in the air? Just a few shots, - I’ve got more…

Sleeping Wombat in a private zoo near Melbourne
Sleeping Wombat in a private zoo near Melbourne

Reclining Kangaroo in a small zoo near Melbourne
Kangaroo in a private zoo near Melbourne

Sleeping frog in the Sydney Aquarium
Sleeping (?) frog in the Sydney Aquarium

March 14, 2005

Birdwatching in Cape Town

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I saw this bird near Cape Town - if anyone knows the name, please tell me!

January 20, 2005

Fox in Patagonia

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Fox, Chile
I saw this fox in Patagonia, Chile.

January 2, 2005

Machu Picchu Llamas

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Llamas on terrace overlooking Machu Picchu
Looks as though the llamas had something interesting to talk about…
By the way: I just uploaded 30 pictures from Machu Picchu to my galleries

December 25, 2004

Beaver or Rat?

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Beaver or rat?
Couldn’t really see the tail…

November 6, 2004

Baby Hippo

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Baby hippo in the Frankfurt (Germany) Zoo.

November 1, 2004

Photos from the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

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bathing elephants at Pinnawela elephant orphanage, Sri Lanka
12 years ago, in 1992, I visited the Pinnawela elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka.
Now, rescanning some images from Sri Lanka brought back some very fond memories!
Pinnawela elephant orphanage is a truly unique institution that raises motherless young elephants.
Of course, there now also are many growm-up elepjants at Pinnawela and it is a special experience to see all the big and small elephants take a bath in the nearby river..
The “stars” of the orphanage are the baby elephants however, who already wait for their bottle(s) of milk and the special treat, a sweet rice ball.
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baby elephant at Pinnawela gets his/her bottle
Read about Pinnawela elephant orphanage at the Absolut Elephant
I was glad to read that Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage will not only be maintained but even upgraded.
Also, I was quite surprised to read how the dung produced bythe elephants helps to finance the Pinnawela orphanage - in the form of business cards!

May 30, 2004

Egypt: the Camels of Dahab

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Very quiet: dromedaries are waiting for tourists.

Portrait of a dromedary

waiting dromedaries, Dahab, Egypt

waiting dromedaries, Dahab, (Red Sea, Egypt

May 1, 2004

Chile: a bit dusty

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Llamas
Llamas in the Altiplano, Chile.

April 28, 2004

Greece: monastery cats

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sehr gem?: junge K?chen auf einem Stuhl
Seen in Agia Triáda, Akrotiri, Crete.

April 15, 2004

Costa Rica: relaxing in a tree

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Kapuziner?chen
Small monkey in a tree. Looks cute? Yes, but I saw one of those guys steal a whole bag full of tropical fruit from another traveler, so beware…

January 26, 2004

Bahamas: Parrots

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Parrots, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Parrots in the “Garden of the Groves”, Grand Bahama.



    

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