Is a wild rabbit living in a urban space, e.g. in parks of big cities like Berlin or Vienna, a wild urban rabbit or a urban wild rabbit?

A wild rabbit living in an urban space, such as parks in big cities like Berlin or Vienna, could be described as either a “wild urban rabbit” or an “urban wild rabbit.” Both terms essentially convey the same idea: a rabbit that lives in a city environment but is not domesticated.

The choice of phrasing may vary depending on individual preference or local terminology. I tend to call it “wild urban rabbit” to emphasize that the rabbit is still a wild animal despite its urban habitat, while others might use “urban wild rabbit” to emphasize its presence in an urban setting. Either way, the key point is that the rabbit is a wild animal that has adapted to life in an urban environment.

And this brings me to the answer of my next question: Is this still wildlife photography?

As we said that this rabbit is a wild urban rabbit because it is living in an urban space but is still a wild animal…

… this photography can still be classified as wildlife photography! 🙂

These photos were taken with the Pentax K3 III and the Pentax 300 mm F4.0 adding more zoom with the Pentax 1.4x Teleconverter.

Autumn leaves display vibrant colors due to changes in pigments within the leaves. Chlorophyll, responsible for the green color, breaks down as days shorten and temperatures drop. This reveals yellow and orange carotenoids already present. Some trees produce anthocyanin pigments, giving red, purple, and even blue hues, while others stay green. Environmental cues trigger anthocyanin production. The specific colors and intensity vary by tree type and conditions. Fall foliage is a natural spectacle reflecting the changing seasons and tree adaptation to winter.

Photos were taken with the full-frame camera Pentax K1 II using two different lenses: Some pictures are taken with the modern Pentax DFA 85 mm F1.4 and some are taken with the full-manual lens Helios 44m-4 F2.0 (Pentax K Mount) that was imported from Ucraine.

Here we can show the optical difference from both lenses which have a time distance in production of about 40 years:

This picture was taken with the modern lens Pentax DFA 85 mm F1.4. You can clearly see the nice smooth perfect oft bokeh.

And this picture with the Helios 44m-4 from Ucraine. The swirly bokeh looks quite different to the modern lens and has a vintage appearence.

The red squirrel, known scientifically as Sciurus vulgaris, is a charismatic and iconic small mammal that inhabits forests across parts of Europe and Asia. Characterized by its vibrant russet fur, tufted ears, and bushy tail, the red squirrel holds a special place in the hearts of many nature enthusiasts. However, this charming creature faces several challenges, including habitat loss and competition from introduced species, which have led to its declining numbers in some regions.

Red squirrels are typically found in coniferous and mixed forests, where they display remarkable agility as they navigate the treetops. They are well-adapted for life in the trees, with sharp claws for climbing and a long, furry tail that provides balance. These squirrels are known for their acrobatic leaps from branch to branch and their ability to access the canopy’s resources.

One of the most distinctive features of red squirrels is their diet. They are primarily herbivorous, with a diet that includes seeds, nuts, fungi, and various plant materials. Their voracious appetite for seeds, particularly from pinecones, plays a crucial role in forest ecology. Red squirrels not only consume these seeds but also inadvertently help in seed dispersal by caching them in the ground. Some seeds they forget to retrieve eventually sprout and grow into new trees, contributing to forest regeneration.

However, the red squirrel’s survival is under threat due to various factors. Habitat loss and fragmentation are significant concerns, as urbanization and deforestation reduce the available areas where these squirrels can thrive. Additionally, the introduction of the invasive gray squirrel in some regions has led to competition for resources and the transmission of diseases that affect red squirrels more severely.

Conservation efforts have been initiated in many areas to protect the red squirrel and its habitat. These initiatives include the creation of protected areas, the management of forest habitats to favor red squirrels, and efforts to control the spread of gray squirrels in regions where they pose a threat. Public awareness campaigns also play a crucial role in garnering support for the protection of red squirrels and their ecosystems.

These photos were taken in the Olympia Park in Vienna, Austria, with a Pentax K 3 III and Pentax 300 mm F4.0 plus 1.4x Teleconverter.

Our Moon is Earth’s natural satellite, formed around 4.5 billion years ago through a collision between a Mars-sized object and Earth. It goes through various phases as it orbits our planet, resulting from the changing angles between the Sun, Earth, and the Moon. The Moon’s surface features include craters, mountains, valleys, and large plains called maria, formed by impacts over billions of years.

Photographing the Moon at night can be a rewarding experience, but it comes with its challenges. To capture great moon shots, you’ll need a camera with manual settings, a tripod for stability, and a telephoto lens or telescope to zoom in. Set your camera to manual mode, use a low ISO to reduce noise, a fast shutter speed to avoid overexposure, and a wide aperture for more light.

Focusing is crucial for sharp lunar details, so use manual focus and fine-tune it using live view if available. Experiment with exposure settings to balance the Moon’s brightness with the night sky. Consider including interesting foreground elements for composition.

However, moon photography can be challenging due to the Moon’s brightness, its relatively small appearance in the sky, the need for stability, and the influence of weather and atmospheric conditions. Clear nights with stable air and careful planning of moonrise/moonset times can help you overcome these difficulties. With practice, you can capture stunning images of the Moon, showcasing its surface features and changing phases.

The picture was made with the Pentax K3 III and the Pentax 560 mm F5.6 plus 1.4x Teleconverter.

Starting comorant

Cormorants are fascinating birds that inhabit various parts of the world. They are known to live near bodies of water and primarily find their food in the water. Their habitat ranges from coastlines and rivers to lakes and ponds.

The lifestyle of cormorants is closely tied to their ability to hunt both underwater and in the air. These birds have a sleek body structure with long necks and sharp beaks that enable them to catch fish and other water-based prey. They are excellent divers and can cover remarkable distances underwater to pursue their prey.

Starting comorant

A remarkable behavior of cormorants is their takeoff pattern. Unlike many other birds that take off from trees or the ground, cormorants usually launch directly from the water. There are several reasons why they prefer this takeoff method.

Firstly, taking off from the water provides them with an efficient way to wet their wings. The feathers of cormorants are not water-resistant like those of ducks or geese. By dipping into the water before taking off, they can saturate their feathers, which helps them during flight by reducing their buoyancy and making them lighter.

Secondly, cormorants typically find their food in the water before taking off. Since they primarily hunt fish, they dive underwater to catch their prey. Taking off from the water allows them to stay close to their hunting grounds and immediately dive back into the water if they spot another opportunity to capture prey.

Lastly, taking off from the water also offers some safety for cormorants. When they are on the water, they are less visible to potential predators and can quickly escape by simply taking flight.

Photos were taken with the Pentax K3 III and the Pentax 560 mm F5.6.

The mating behavior of goshawks (Accipiter gentilis) is a fascinating yet intricate process that involves a series of aerial displays, vocalizations, and mutual bonding rituals making the life of a nature photographer very beautiful! These large, powerful birds of prey are found in Germany, occupying diverse habitats ranging from forests to open woodlands. There are several populations of them in Berlin. The goshawk mating season in Berlin happens in March, and the process serves as a means to strengthen bonds between the mating pair and establish their territory.

The female shows that the is ready for mating and calling the male hawk.


Photos were taken with the Pentax K3 III and the Pentax 560 mm F5.6 in March 2023.

Mallard Duck Portrait and Feather Details

Mallard ducks are boring animals to photographers? I don´t think so. Of course we lose the sense for recognizing the beauty of common animals you can find in every city. You need a closer look and some lost patience to see the beauty again.Mallard Duck Portrait and Feather Details

I really enjoy seeing the colors and structures of these bird feathers. You can practically see the water repellency of this bird skin.

The photos were taken with the Pentax K3 III and the Pentax 560 mm F5.6 + 1.4x Teleconverter.