Massive attack on Heligoland, but peaceful ...
Burkhard and Vissel went for a hike.
September 30, 2021
Almost exactly two years ago we decided to go on a trip to Heligoland. You can photograph birds well there, but more on that later. The island is easy to reach from us, as a fairly fast catamaran reaches Heligoland in 70 minutes from Cuxhaven. No sooner said than done, booked, and the first lockdown was there on the scheduled date in spring 2020 (thanks Alex !!!, I hope Mr. Drosten has not read that ...). We then postponed the trip, pretty much exactly into the second lockdown. There was a third hanging game (reason? Well, ...), until we were finally successful in only the fourth attempt. Due to our vaccination certificates, all possibilities were exhausted to prevent us from entering Heligoland. But as soon as we were on the island on Tuesday, 15 minutes after arrival to be precise, we received a message that no longer really shook us: Due to an approaching hurricane low, our ferry to Cuxhaven was canceled on Thursday, so that we will leave on Wednesday noon should. This knowledge then shaped Tuesday. When the weather was pretty nice, we basically walked the entire island, starting on the offshore dune and ending on Long Anna, as if we knew that there was no second day. It didn't really exist either, the weather got worse and then there was the early ferry ...You can read a lot about the history and importance of Heligoland, so I will spare myself any explanations at this point. Even now the island was pretty full when the vacation was off, and since the vaccination records were only checked very superficially, there was actually always a somewhat occupied feeling. Something that I didn't know from pre-Corona times. There is a lot of daytime tourism, and since there is still real duty-free here, some candidates of this species cannot get beyond the liquor and tobacco shop. Actually a butter trip with a forced short stay. The local population, which has become a minority (approx. 1,200 people live there), gives the clearly observable impression of disregard and a certain rude unfriendliness. I don't want to rate that. But you have to be able to deal with it, otherwise you should keep your hands off this island. In any case, the people on the East Frisian Islands do not have this train ...If you travel to Heligoland to observe animals, that is definitely a very good reason. The gray seals are very easy to observe, you shouldn't get closer than 30 m to them, because they are by no means as cute as they look when they cross a certain close range. We could see that people actually adhered to it. Rare bird species can be observed in large numbers on Heligoland, especially during bird migration. Since they come from sometimes deserted areas, you can often get very close to them. You can actually see birdwatchers standing in groups in front of a group of trees at dawn. They expect some rarity to appear there, and are heavily armed with spotting scopes and telephoto lenses, against which my not even small part looks like the impoverished cousin from the country. We observed wheatear, white wagtail, mountain piper, sandpipers, chaffinches and mountain finches (in unbelievably large flocks), magpies and gannets.The hike took place on Tuesday and was reloaded by me today. It was 10 km long and lasted over 5 hours as we enjoyed watching some birds, the gray seals and the sunset extensively. The pictures were taken Tuesday and Wednesday and inserted by hand. Basically, they show a day on Heligoland from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Super Burkhard! Fantastic photos again. You had to wait a long time. We were there last year as part of a mini Wadden Sea expedition cruise that will probably no longer take place. We were very lucky. I wouldn't have been surprised if you hadn't dug up a dumb bass player for the band ... but I can't think of any either.
Mega shots. I was on Heligoland 20 years ago, unfortunately not on the dunes. I will catch up sometime.
Incredibly beautiful short vacation pictures, I especially like the 28. Thanks for the detailed report and the special music title ... so far I only knew the 'tears'
Helgoland is just cool - and the colors are spectacular! Photographing birds turning around is a fun idea! Fantastic picture journey full of vibrancy 😊
First the northern gannet takes care of its plumage at a dizzy height and then it checks whether you have photographed it nicely, wasn't it? 😃 Anything but clumsy shots, a splendid series that I'll watch again in a moment.
Mega Photos 👌🏻🤩🤩🤩
Beautiful photos again. The Jan van Genten are very beautiful.👍
How nice is that? 🤩🤩 I am more than thrilled. I think I would have stayed with the seals for 5 hours 😍😍It's a shame with the early departure. Being "close" has the advantage of repetition 🤭
Fantastic pictures 😍
Grandiose series of pictures. Each one is a pleasure.