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Whether it was in Africa, India, the mountains or your backyard, post a nature picture you've shot this weekend and tell us a little bit about it.

 

Matt

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We spent the weekend in an alpine cabin with some friends. Nearby some alpine marmots have their burrow, so we tried to get some pics. Not an altogether easy task, they can easily be seen with bincos but are very wary and hole up the moment you get too close, after one vigilant watcher emitts a series of loud whistles. So most of the time we never were able to approach them more than a few hundert metres, but after some hiding we managed to get quite close. And this is when they rather freeze but flee.

 

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Their major predators are golden eagles. Quite a few of them around (and lots of common buzzards too), but never close enough. Had to be contented with this whinchat.

 

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Also saw some roe deer. Very distant, though. They are abundant in our woods but very shy and flee the moment they spot a human being since they are heavily hunted. A necessity since they have no natural predators and can be quite damaging for forestry.

 

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And on the way home we saw an alternative to walking one´s dog. The little guy quite reminds me of (Tintin´s ) Snowy.

 

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So who has a nice wildife pic, (from anywhere in the world) they can upload for Safari Sunday?

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I had a few days off and spent some time in our mountains here in the Austrian Alps which gave me the chance to watch some of our more interesting mammals - Alpine Chamoix, Alpine Ibex and Alpine Marmot. Apologies for the poor photo quality, good animal watching here means good unobstructed views through binocs most of the time.

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This is the Greater Fleiß Valley, part of the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern. Chamoix are very common here, saw dozens of them, albeit always far, far away.

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They are terrific climbers.

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Their German name is "Gemsbock", and the proper Gemsbok (the Oryx Antelope) allegedly got its name because of the similar face markings.

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At home I found some Roe Deer straight in front of our house in the late evening. Very unusual for this time of the year especially, it´s hunting season.

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This is the Großglockner, our highest mountain (3798m). The glacier at its bottom was nearly a third bigger when I was a kid. Realm of Marmots, and here they have become very habituated.

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Alpine Chough, the most abundant high alpine mountain bird.

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Alpine Ibex. They were mostly extinct in the 19th century, only a population of a few hundreds survived in two Italian national parks. They have been reintroduced since, which went very successfully luckily. They live even higher up than the Chamoix and are even harder to get close to.

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I confess, it wasn't all this weekend, but here's a glimpse into our backyard.

 

  • hummingbird building her nest of lichen and spider webbing on an ash burl
  • our crazy Pilliated woodpecker trying to eat from the feeder
  • one of our lovely pairs of Trumpeter swans out for a swim

 

 

Cheers,

'Red

 

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I had a few days off and spent some time in our mountains here in the Austrian Alps which gave me the chance to watch some of our more interesting mammals - Alpine Chamoix, Alpine Ibex and Alpine Marmot. Apologies for the poor photo quality, good animal watching here means good unobstructed views through binocs most of the time.

 

gallery_19319_868_6832093.jpg

 

gallery_19319_868_3045000.jpg

 

This is the Greater Fleiß Valley, part of the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern. Chamoix are very common here, saw dozens of them, albeit always far, far away.

 

med_gallery_19319_868_1747164.jpg

 

They are terrific climbers.

 

gallery_19319_868_5419335.jpg

 

gallery_19319_868_427696.jpg

 

gallery_19319_868_7346991.jpg

 

Their German name is "Gemsbock", and the proper Gemsbok (the Oryx Antelope) allegedly got its name because of the similar face markings.

 

gallery_19319_868_4503347.jpg

 

At home I found some Roe Deer straight in front of our house in the late evening. Very unusual for this time of the year especially, it´s hunting season.

 

gallery_19319_868_598427.jpg

 

med_gallery_19319_868_511038.jpg

 

gallery_19319_868_12277274.jpg

 

This is the Großglockner, our highest mountain (3798m). The glacier at its bottom was nearly a third bigger when I was a kid. Realm of Marmots, and here they have become very habituated.

 

gallery_19319_868_927166.jpg

 

gallery_19319_868_9919980.jpg

 

gallery_19319_868_13676254.jpg

 

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Alpine Chough, the most abundant high alpine mountain bird.

 

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Alpine Ibex. They were mostly extinct in the 19th century, only a population of a few hundreds survived in two Italian national parks. They have been reintroduced since, which went very successfully luckily. They live even higher up than the Chamoix and are even harder to get close to.

 

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I cannot believe you live here.....it is too darn beautiful..

 

So ok when i plan my excursion,I know you will be the one to help me!

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That is a fantastic sequence of photo's @@michael-ibk, what a great walk.

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I cannot believe you live here.....it is too darn beautiful..

 

So ok when i plan my excursion,I know you will be the one to help me!

 

Thanks, @@graceland , it would be my pleasure. :)

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Posted (edited)

Taken yesterday on my mtg trip in Tisvilde Hegn Denmark. Skagarak i the background.

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@@michael-ibk I see these quite often when skiing in Zürs, Austria. Here taken with my iPhone.

 

 

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