Berlin’s Wild Side

Our weeks stay with our daughter in Germany gave us plenty of time to explore areas of Berlin we didn’t see on our last visit 2 years ago.  The City has some beautiful parks like the Tiergarten and Treptower and some not so nice like Gorlitzer.  On two occasions we took the S-Bahn out west to the suburbs.  On the first trip we went to Grunewald.  ‘Chilli’ the dog loved the walk through the forest and up the Teufelsberg.  This is a man-made hill and the tallest point around Berlin.  It was constructed from rubble from the destroyed City then in 1972 it was planted with trees.  It may have been a coincidence but it was very quiet with no bird life.

To save weight travelling I restricted myself to just one lens, an all purpose 18-140mm zoom, so the quality of the images are not great but are mementos of our stay.

A Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) in the Grunewald forest let me approach to a few feet
Look closely in the shadows, what do you see? This is an un-cropped image at 140mm of a close encounter with a Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) on the Teufelsberg!
A really rubbish image but I had to post it to show the gorgeous Red Squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) we saw right in the heart of the City
The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) was introduced to collections from the far-east. Some escaped and breed in the wild but they are very shy. This handsome drake was on a lake in the Tiergarten
A Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) chilling out in the Tiergarten
I kept my eyes open for butterflies and saw a few species but not in great numbers. This was a surprise, mating Common Blues (Polyommatus icarus) in Treptower Park

I’m not sure how people feel about zoos.  For me the modern style of big open enclosures giving the animals room to roam are far removed from the bad old days of iron bars and concrete.  Berlin has a lovely zoo the Tierpark in Friedrichsfelde, Europe’s biggest animal park.  We spent a whole day there, here are three of my favourite shots.

The Polar Bears had a huge pool to cool off in, it was nearly 30c
Don’t mess with this Guy!
Love Giraffes, they are so elegant

24 thoughts on “Berlin’s Wild Side

  1. Wow, that boar is the size of a bear! I thought it was a bear at first. That little creeper is cute! I recently saw my first one and made a few awful images of it. My shutter speed was too slow for the dark shaded area it was in but, as you say it’s enough for the ID! Yeah!! 😀

    That squirrel is so vivid! What a color. How to see that!

    Thank you so much for your comment about the compression of images. I’ll ask He-Man to have a look at it. Hopefully, my theme is tweakable.

    Your do it all looks pretty good to me.

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    1. Yep that Boar was a big boy (or girl) and scared my daughters dog!
      The lens is a pretty good all-rounder but would love to had my others with me.
      Sorry about the compression issues, the only thing I do is upload my images in the biggest format possible.

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  2. Great shots Brian! And I’m glad you showed us the Red Squirrels, it must be unique to be able to see it in the city.

    I don’t like zoos. Wild animals should live in freedom in their natural environment and not be kept in captivity, I would never visit a zoo, no matter the standard compared to “the old days”.

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    1. Thanks Anita the squirrels were brilliant!
      Yes zoos can be a divisive subject. Some are now engaged in breeding and (hopefully) re-introducing endangered species if the habitat is suitable which is a good thing. Thankfully the type of zoo of my childhood is now rare.

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  3. Love the Creepers – our species is pretty sparse and secretive so we cherish the opportunities to tin those. That Mandarin is gorgeous – very similar to our Harlequin. Makes our Wood Duck seem dull. Looks like their Red Squirrels might be a bit larger than ours – damn cute though. If that wild boar is like ours, I would definitely keep your distance – a beast with a nasty attitude .. then again, your dear have fangs ha. Nice Post B., always like seeing the far off wildlife.

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    1. Morning B. I thought the boar was more scared of us but, yes, it could have been a bit nasty, you know what it’s like when you want to get a record shot commonsense goes out the window.
      Those squirrels are small and very cute. We used to have them all over the UK ’till some numbnut thought it a good idea to introduce the Nth American grey, bye bye reds.

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  4. I thought surely this was going to be a post about your nightclubbing adventures! 🙂

    It’s always fascinating to see how much (natural) wildlife can be found in an urban/suburban environment. Most creatures are very adaptable.

    Thank you for sharing a few of your observations.

    I suspect your visit was all-too short. That’s always the way we feel after a visit with our distant son.

    Take good care!

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    1. To tell the truth I’ve only been in two nightclubs in my whole life, just not my thing.
      Those Wild Boar are apparently more than a bit adaptable. According to the interweb they are a real nuisance in Berlin, even invading the streets!
      Yes that trip was way too short, Mrs H is already planning the next.

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    1. Grazie Natalia per aver visualizzato il mio blog, sono felice che ti sia piaciuto!
      Visiterò il tuo sito (come faccio con tutti i miei follower) quando avrò del tempo libero.
      Grazie ancora, buon fine settimana. B

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