Mute swans in love, photo

Mute swans in love

This photo shows two mute swans in love, forming a heart-like shape with their necks.

The title of the photo is ‘Love is’.

The photo, made near Wijhe in the Netherlands, is by Gerd.

Cormorant catches pike, photo

Two cormorants and a pike

This photo shows two great cormorants. One of them has caught a pike.

The photo was made in the Hengforderwaarden near Olst in the Netherlands, by Gerd.

Cassini spacecraft photographs Saturn

This video says about itself:

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft releases first close-up photos of Saturn

7 December 2016

At just 240,000 miles from Saturn‘s north pole, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snapped some stunning photos. These are the first images of the spacecraft’s new mission, which is taking it closer to Saturn than it has been since it arrived at Saturn in 2004.

By Brandon Russell in the USA, December 10, 2016:

NASA’s Cassini takes breathtaking images of Saturn’s northern hemisphere

NASA’s Cassini has been soaring through the cosmos for nearly 20 years and to celebrate the latest phase of its journey, the intrepid spacecraft has sent scientists new images of Saturn’s northern hemisphere.

The purpose of Cassini’s newest mission phase, called Ring-Grazing Orbits, is to skim past the outer edges of the planet’s main rings, according to NASA. The pictures … which highlight the planet’s hexagon-shaped jet stream, were taken in early December.

“This is it, the beginning of the end of our historic exploration of Saturn,” said Carolyn Porco, Cassini imaging team lead at Space Science Institute. “Let these images—and those to come—remind you that we’d lived a bold and daring adventure around the solar system’s most magnificent planet.”

Cassini will continue its ring-grazing orbits until April 22 of next year, where it will then begin its descent toward the planet’s surface. By September of 2017, Cassini will no longer exist.

The beginning of the end

Cassini launched all the way back in 1997 and has continued to study the Saturn system since arriving in 2004.

Over the years, the orbiter has uncovered a potential ocean on a Saturn moon, and sent back an incredibly beautiful image of a hurricane on the planet, among many other accomplishments.

Saturn’s 10th moon was the first satellite discovered in the modern space age. Excerpt from the January 14, 1967, issue of Science News: here.

NASA found the “Death Star” — or at least a moon of Saturn that looks just like it: here.

Goose flies with avocets, photo

Barnacle goose flies with avocets

This photo shows a barnacle goose flying with avocets.

The photo is by duyfje from the Netherlands.

Dunlin and short-eared owl in Germany

Dunlin, 7 October 2016

Still 7 October 2016. After the journey by ship across the Baltic sea, with its goldcrests, had ended, we went to Freesendorfer Wiesen nature reserve. Where this dunlin on autumn migration was. With a few black spots left from its summer plumage black belly.

Near the entrance, a sea eagle sits on a pole.

About thirty barnacle geese. Hundreds of wigeon.

Two little gulls. A northern lapwing.

Dunlin, 7 October 2016

A small dunlin flock along the shore. Sometimes, cleaning their feathers.

Four cranes flying.

Then, a short-eared owl flying.

A northern wheatear on a wire.

A parasol mushroom.

Goldcrests and eagle of the Baltic Sea

This video is about ducks, herring gulls and black-headed gulls of the German Baltic Sea.

After 6 October, 7 October 2016 was our last full day of birdwatching in the German Baltic sea region.

We sailed from Peenemünde to Freest, near the Struck peninsula.

Ship on Baltic Sea, 7 October 2016

Our ship started at 8am. The storm had stopped, but it was still rainy.

Great black-backed gulls. Great cormorants. The sea eagle still sitting on the same pole as yesterday.

Two coots swimming.

A velvet scoter swims and flies away.

A robin passes the ship.

Still smaller birds are on migration.

Goldcrest, 7 October 2016

The smallest birds of Europe: goldcrests.

Goldcrest on 7 October 2016

They rest on the ship, tired of flying over the sea.

Goldcrest on ship on 7 October 2016

Their feathers are wet because of the rain.

Goldcrest on sail, 7 October 2016

They try to get shelter from the rain in the sails.

Goldcrest on a sail on 7 October 2016

Goldcrest on a sail, 7 October 2016

When the ship came closer to the shore, the goldcrests left to continue their migration.

Stay tuned, as we still saw more birds on that day.