Plane Spotting Munich: Part I

Plane Spotting Munich: Part I

A week ago I was in Munich for a week to participate in the Airbus A350 ‘Roll In’ event and in between gatherings and events, I had the chance to sit on a hill or 2 for a couple of days and catch aircraft coming and going from Munich.  Some spotting was challenging due to bad weather so some photos may be a bit gray and wet, but I suffer for my art! 🙂

Being Germany’s 2nd largest airport, ‘MUC’ is home to a variety of traffic that most people will not see at their home base.    Everything from local ‘LCC’ birds  to exotic African and Mid-Eastern traffic can be spotted on the tarmac, not to mention nearly half the Lufthansa fleet as well!

Not much else to say other than enjoy the photos.   More will be coming in the next few days as I sort through them.

 

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Etihad’s A6-EHL departing for Abu Dhabi

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Icelandair’s 757 heading for Reykjavik

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Lufthansa’s workhorse, the A320. Saw just a ‘few’ of them…

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Another of Etihad’s A346s arriving from Abu Dhabi

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Freising sets the perfect background for an arriving Lufthansa A340

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Lufthansa’s Special Bayern Munich tribute arriving in poor weather….

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The biggest bird in Luxair’s fleet……

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United aircraft ruined the shot at Terminal 2

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Air Canada does the same at Satellite Terminal 2

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First light over ‘EDDM’

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Singapore’s 777 9V-SNC heads for Singapore

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Thai’s 744 being pull to the gate a few hours before departure…..

Safari 2016:   A Leopard Earns His Bacon

Safari 2016: A Leopard Earns His Bacon

The 2016 edition of our annual Safari Trip came and went all too quickly.    As always it was a wonderful 10 days to be immersed in the beauty and savagery of the South African Bushveld.   Being addicted to the experience, we once again stayed at our favorite place in the world, the Dulini Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand Reserve.    We’ve become part of their family so it’s only proper that we visit kin every year!

Over 18,000 photos came home with us and I’ve started the daunting task of sorting through them to see what stays and what goes.

I had taken new equipment with me this year, including Nikon’s brilliant new D5, which shoots off 12 photos per second so it was easy to rack up a high photo count.   Especially since it could take 250 photos without taking a break to write the photos to memory and do it with a 20.8MP sensor.    Combining the D5 with the D800, I had substantial fire-power when it came to catching the right moment.    As far as glass was concerned, my beloved Sigma 150-600mm , Nikon 24-70mm, and a new Rokinon 24mm / f1.4 specifically for Astro-photography rounded out the kit.  Enough about the tools.

As I go through my photos, I’ll post my trip reports as quickly as possible.

For the first installment, I’ll share what we observed soon after a beautiful Leopard named ‘Torchwood’ successfully hunted a Warthog.   We had just missed the actually ‘strike’ by Torchwood but got there in time to see him catch his breath and begin feeding.

Torchwood has a reputation in the region for being a Warthog specialist and is becoming one of the more dominant male leopards in the area.   Warthogs will typically inhabit abandoned termite mounds and will burrow into them for shelter and safety.   Torchwood, having figured this out, will stake out active burrows and will attempt to ambush the warthog.   These termite mounds can sometimes between over 10 feet tall, so he’ll also stand on top of the mound and surprise the warthog from above when it attempts to leave its burrow.   Simply amazing to watch his master hunter at work.

The Sabi Sand region is blessed with a vibrant Leopard population, so it’s wonderful to see these leopards grow up from being cubs to  being independent and establishing their own territories.   From my own count there are at least 30 leopards in the region, and I might be a bit low on that estimate.

Some of these photos may be a bit  graphic for sensitive palettes, especially if you’re not a fan of seeing a bit of flesh or blood.   However it is part of the experience and part of the reality that exists in such a wild environment and goes a long way to tell the story of a Leopard and his successful hunt.

You’ll notice that my photos bear the Dulini watermark.   As in past years, I’ve shared my photos with Dulini for use on their Facebook page so when I processed my photos I kept it simple by just applying the Dulini watermark instead of re-doing an imagine for my watermark.

I hope these photos bring a sense of what it’s like to be there watching the event in person!  Enjoy!

 

How we found Torchwood minutes after his kill

How we found Torchwood minutes after his kill.

 

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Yep, he’s staring my way…..

A few minutes later he went back to the Warthog to hide the carcass from Hyenae or other predators that could challenge him for the Warthog.

A few minutes later he went back to the Warthog to hide the carcass from Hyenae or other predators that could challenge him for the Warthog.

 

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Dragging his trophy to ‘safety’.  Typically he would pull the Warthog up into a tree, but nothing tall enough was nearby for him to take advantage of.

 

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You can see the exhaustion in his expression.

 

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Hard work, but worth the effort for him.

 

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After another short break, he began to rip into the flesh of the Warthog and enjoyed the fruit of his labor.

 

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Clearly enjoying his success!

 

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Tasting success…..

 

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Simply a beautiful animal…..


Attention Photographers:  Groupon Deal For Photo Prints On Glass

Attention Photographers: Groupon Deal For Photo Prints On Glass

Popping up in my Facebook stream this evening was a deal from Groupon that gives you the ability to have your photos printed on glass for only 29.99.   The regular price for the product is normally 169.99 so it equates to about an 80% savings.  Not bad!

The printing is done through ImageToGlass.com and for the $29.99 you can have your print put on a 16×20 inch piece of glass.   In addition, you’ll get an 8GB USB memory stick when you order your print.

According to ImageToGlass.com, your image is heat fused to a pain of glass and is treated to be UV proof and comes with hangars attached for easy hanging.   It would be interesting to hang it on a window to see what the sunlight would do to an image.  I guess I’ll have to find out and order a couple.

Looks like you can order up to 10 coupons from Group and have 90 days to redeem them.

To redeem the offer, click here to visit Groupon.com and type in ‘ImageToGlass.com‘ in the search field.