Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary

February 13, 2010

Bayerische Wald

Filed under: February — Hennie van Heerden @ 3:28 pm

On our way back home last saturday we made a stopover in the South of Germany – Bavaria. I had managed to squeeze at least one day of photography out of Hans on this crazy one-week trip that led us 4500 km through half of Europe 🙂

I knew that Bavaria harbors the wonderful National Park The Bavarian Forests (Bayerischer Wald), an area known for its vast forests, mountainous terrain and plentiful wildlife. (and the cuckoo clock! :-))

In that National Park there’s also a Nature Park, where the animals that still live in Germany roam freely but also the animals that used to live in Germany but are now either extinct or on the red list, find a last resort. There are two ‘Tier-FreiGelände’, where you can walk amidst animals like Red Deer, Wild Boar and Wisent. The more dangerous animals like wolves and lynxes are behind fences but live in such large areas that they are able to live an almost natural life.

Of course it is kind of tricky to go photographing with your husband, who doesn’t photograph himself, especially when it’s -8C and the park is covered in about half a meter of snow. The adrenalin of seeing these beautiful animals kept me warm alright and I must say that Hans only urged me to walk on when his toes were halfway of freezing solid! 🙂

The little Wild Boar piglet thought it was a good idea to use the tripod leg as a back scratching device. While Hans had a good conversation with the little one about the do’s and don’ts in practical fur-maintenance, mummy Wild Boar came to fetch her baby away from this horribly unco-operative man! 🙂

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