1/10-2015 Wadden Sea Panoramas

Vadehavet Panorama-4 White wall of plovers. ©Ola Karlsson

Vadehavet Panorama-4 White wall of plovers. ©Ola Karlsson

Last weekend I went with some friends from PhotoNatura to Wadden Sea in the south-western part of Jutland to chase the phenomenon “Black sun” in Danish “Sort Sol”, which is a very fascinating phenomenon when tens of thousands or sometimes significantly more of starlings form fantastic formations in the sky.

The Wadden Sea National Park is a national park in Denmark and it was established in 2010. The national park covers the Danish part of the Wadden Sea from Hobukten to the German border, and it also includes of the islands of Fanø, Mandø and Rømø and Skallingen, Varde Å and marshes Tjæreborgmarsken, Ribemarsken, Margrethe Kogen. However, the landscape stretches for almost 500 kilometers and goes all the way down to the Northern parts of the Netherlands.

Vadehavet Panorama-1 Cows & birds. ©Ola Karlsson

Vadehavet Panorama-1 Cows & birds. ©Ola Karlsson

 

Vadehavet Panorama-2 Plovers – made from 4 pictures taken at high speed. ©Ola Karlsson

Vadehavet Panorama-2 Plovers – made from 4 pictures taken at high speed. ©Ola Karlsson

Vadehavet Panorama-3 Salt water pool. ©Ola Karlsson

Vadehavet Panorama-3 Salt water pool. ©Ola Karlsson

Vadehavet Panorama-6 Plovers on in the last rays of light. ©Ola Karlsson

Vadehavet Panorama-6 Plovers on in the last rays of light. ©Ola Karlsson

Apart from black sun the Wadden Sea is also famous for millions of migratory birds that pass twice a year. There are also a large number of young birds, fish and marine wildlife and a habitat for more than 500 animal and plant species, where a number can only find here.

The first night when we arrived we drove to the ocean and did not catch the big flocks of starlings but we saw huge crowds of different Plovers and other wading birds. It is a fascinating coast line formed by the tide. Large flat areas flooded twice a day make it a fantastic breeding and feeding area for migrating birds.

Vadehavet Panorama-7 Car train from the German island Sylt. ©Ola Karlsson

Vadehavet Panorama-7 Car train from the German island Sylt. ©Ola Karlsson

Vadehavet Panorama-8 Starlings feeding at the ocean. ©Ola Karlsson

Vadehavet Panorama-8 Starlings feeding at the ocean. ©Ola Karlsson

Vadehavet Panorama-9 Sneaking up on a small group of Starlings. ©Ola Karlsson.

Vadehavet Panorama-9 Sneaking up on a small group of Starlings. ©Ola Karlsson.

Vadehavet Panorama-10 Starlings going down. ©Ola Karlsson

Vadehavet Panorama-10 Starlings going down. ©Ola Karlsson

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