Also this summer we spent another week in the Red Sea on a liveaboard, this time on the new, wonderful ship OMNEIA spirit. And the route was called: Wrecks North - Ras Mohammed and Strait of Tiran. We practiced ourselves in half and half shots and dived also some wrecks, here we could under Instructions by Tobias Friedrich http://www.below-surface.com apply creative lighting techniques. Many thanks to Tobias and the Crew of the Spirit for a successful week!
We participated in a photo workshop with Sven Herdt and Christopher Ruisz at Lake Neusiedl
at the beginning of June 2019 and were enthusiastic about the biodiversity of the fauna, especially the animals tied to
the water and the reed belt. We could observe this tree frog on a beautiful morning near Illmitz, it climbed up the reed
and looked for a sunny place.
A more detailed report about the birdlife of the Neusiedler See National Park can be found on this homepage under "Birdwatch".
In May many wild animals and birds are born, to our great joy we found in the Kelterner forest a fox's den with at least 2 young animals, which sunbathed themselves on a clearing.
April was very dry, partly with unusually high temperatures. Everywhere you can see flowers, even the first wild orchids are already there, here the purple orchid Orchis purpurea in the nature reserve Essigberg. One can find the first insects and Orange Tip, Small Heath and Peacock flatter from flower to flower. Great tits and blue tits breed again in the nesting boxes in our garden, 9 young great tits will probably fly out in the 2nd week of May, the others need another week longer. After a long time we saw a May bug (cockchafer) again, this one had got lost in our garden and fell promptly into a watering can, but could still be rescued in time.
Our kestrels started to defend their territory early this year. For some weeks they meet daily in the Kirchhof and spend mostly the morning sitting on the trees opposite the niche. It should probably not take much longer until the first egg is laid. One can follow the brood-event over our Livecam on our homepage.
Looking back and looking forward to the next month: We will be on the MSY AMIRA again and dive the areas in Lembeh Strait, Bangka, Sangihe and the Togian Islands.
The lunar eclipse on 21 January 2019 attracted many early risers in the morning. Also with us the blood moon was to be seen with cloudless sky between 6.30 and 8 o'clock.