Wildlife in Prague

Last week I had a chance to join my friend on her wildlife photo hunt. We visited a recently revitalized area in Prague near stram Rokytka, artificial lake Pískovna, then chateau park Dolní Počernice and in the end we visited area near Blatovský stream in Klánovice. As I own only 80-200mm telelens, which is awfully short for the real wildlife, I tried using 2x teleconvertor. This setup worked for me fine for zoo “wildlife”. Well, I was quite disappointed with the results now. The photos were very soft and the details not clear. So I put it away and took photos only with the lens. I also took this opportunity to try out auto-iso setting.

I know these photos are far from perfect but I was quite happy how they turned out, given the gear I had.

(I will also fill in the missing species names later)

Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)

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Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)

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Eurasian coot (Fulica atra)

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Common reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

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Common reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

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Common reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus). This photo is almost 100% crop of the original file.

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

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Common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

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Great tit (Parus major)

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Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)

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Common wood pigeon (Columba palumbus)

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Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

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Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

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White wagtail (Motacilla alba)

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Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius)

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Mallard ducklings(Anas platyrhynchos)

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

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Airbus A380 taking of on its flight to Dubai

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And now, for comparison, several photos with 150-600mm Sigma telelens. My friend was so kind to lend her camera with that lens to me several times so I could try it out.


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Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

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Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

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Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

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Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

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Vyšehrad at Night

This weekend I participated in photography workshop focused on night city photography. As I have always been a self-taught, the workshop helped me to understand why certain settings were better than other, I also learned how to set and adjust white balance in kelvins (and I was amazed at the difference between auto white balance and manually set white balance in kelvins). Fortunately, there were only two other workshop participants so the lecturer had more time for each of us and to advise us.

The below photos are those that I took during the workshop at Vysehrad.

A view to the Prague Castle. It was funny that one moment, this spot at the view was empty and only minutes later, there were several photographers (excluding our workshop group).

This was at the same viewpoint as above, only in opposite directions.

Basilica of St Peter and St Paul

The outer walls of Vysehrad. According to the legends, ruler Horymír jumped of the walls to the Vltava river while riding his horse Šemík and than they swam to the other side to save himself from execution.

Rotunda of St Martin, built in the 11th century

Signal Festival 2017

Signal Festival that took place last weekend is a festival of light art. Mostly it is in form of light installations in streets and public spaces in the city, including famous historical landmarks. The below photos are of installation at Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad in Prague and it consisted of huge LED light panels, three sets of two vertical and one horizontal panels.

Lucerna terraces opened to the public

Lucerna palace is a building in the centre of Prague, very close to the Vaclavske Square. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century and it was designed as the first multipurpose building. It is a multilevel open air galleria that houses The Lucerna Music Bar and the Lucerna Theatre, a formal concert hall, in addition to an assortment of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. Its terraces on the roof were closed due to operating reason but now they are being reconstructed and open to the public.

The view from up there is simply amazing
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Then look down to the courtyard. The floor is actually a roof of passage with shops and restaurants…
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…and then look up.
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But if you look closer, some parts still need renovating. Like these chimneys.
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Or roofing.
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This is the top part of one of the surrounding buildings.
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Btw, the czech word “lucerna” means “a lantern” in English. And there is actually a lantern hanging at one of the entrances to the Lucerna palace.

Prague Wildlife

During last year I took to geocaching and I also realized that photography and geocaching are two activities that can be easily combined and matched together. Taking photos can be a great disguise or excuse to get close to the cache. Geocaching helps me discover new amazing places. And that’s how found that there are kingfishers in Prague in an area where I would never expect them.

Even though its name is common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis in latin), this bird is all but common in the Czech Republic. Here it is very rare and stricly protected species and therefore I was really suprised I saw it in recently revitalized area in Prague near industrial parts of the city.

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Catch me if you can…
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On the other side, grey heron (Ardea cinerea) is very common in Europe. In the Czech Republic, this species is also protected, but not as strictly as the kingfisher, due to the fact that it was being hunted in the past.

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And finally, the eurasian teal (Anas crecca), also called common teal.
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Exotic Butterflies in Prague Botanical Garden

“The Lightness of butterfly’s wings”, that’s the name of current exhibition in greenhouse Fata Morgana in Prague Botanical Garden. For about 5 weeks, the greenhouse is full of various species of exotic butterflies. I spent about two hours in the greenhouse and took lots of photos but due to not so good light conditions not many photos are as good as I would like. There were more species than is shown in this post but not all of them were willing to sit down where we could see them.

BTW, in my next article I will also post photos of flower from this greenhouse 🙂

I also tried to look up what are the species of butterflies on my photos, so you can find more information about them.

Caligo eurilochus
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Morpho peleides
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Idea leuconoe
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Morpho polyphemus

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Parthenos sylvia lilacinus
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Graphium agamemnon
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