Feature Stories - La nature sur le pas de la porte (61) More files...
Depuis mes premiers pas au contact de dame nature, à l'âge de quinze ans, je suis resté l'enfant contemplateur, aux yeux écarquillés qui s'émerveille avec fascination à chaque nouvelle rencontre de vie sauvage. Pour assouvir cette passion, il ne m'a pas été nécessaire d'aller à l'autre bout du monde : ma Lorraine natale et le Luxembourg voisin, sur le pas de la porte, offrent à tous les amoureux de la nature des instants privilégiés à qui saura les mériter. J'aime me fondre dans l'environnement et m'immiscer dans l'intimité de l'espèce observée, sans la déranger, en savourant ces instants d'émotion irremplaçables. Je rentre souvent bredouille mais ce n'est pas grave, cela donne encore plus de force et d'émotion lorsque la rencontre est fructueuse et que mon cœur se met à battre la chamade. Lors de mes escapades photographiques, je garde à l'esprit une règle essentielle : vigilance et discrétion pour limiter le dérangement. Les séances de prise de vues viennent la plupart du temps finaliser de longues périodes de prospection et d'observation.
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) female with prey perched on a wooden panel saying 'peche interdite' (no fishing). Moselle, Lorraine, France.
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Michel Poinsignon / Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) female with prey perched on a wooden panel saying 'peche interdite' (no fishing). Moselle, Lorraine, France.
Common kingfisher {Alcedo atthis} perched on branch over water, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Common kingfisher {Alcedo atthis} perched on branch over water, Lorraine, France
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) male, after diving, taking off from water with fish, a Common Roach (Rutilus rutilus) Lorraine, France, August
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Michel Poinsignon / Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) male, after diving, taking off from water with fish, a Common Roach (Rutilus rutilus) Lorraine, France, August
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) male, taking off from water with fish, a Common Roach (Rutilus rutilus) Lorraine, France, May
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Michel Poinsignon / Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) male, taking off from water with fish, a Common Roach (Rutilus rutilus) Lorraine, France, May
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) diving for prey in a river, Lorraine, France.
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Michel Poinsignon / Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) diving for prey in a river, Lorraine, France.
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) male perched on branch, Lorraine, France, July
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Michel Poinsignon / Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) male perched on branch, Lorraine, France, July
Kingfisher ( Alcedo atthis) male and female perched on a root when building the nest, Lorraine, France, March
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Michel Poinsignon / Kingfisher ( Alcedo atthis) male and female perched on a root when building the nest, Lorraine, France, March
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) perched on stone in river with fish in beak, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) perched on stone in river with fish in beak, Lorraine, France
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) courtship behaviour with male offering female a fish, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) courtship behaviour with male offering female a fish, Lorraine, France
Kingfisher(Alcedo atthis) male perched on branch over river with fish in beak, Lorraine, France. May.
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Michel Poinsignon / Kingfisher(Alcedo atthis) male perched on branch over river with fish in beak, Lorraine, France. May.
Pasque flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) in rain, Lorraine, France, April
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Michel Poinsignon / Pasque flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) in rain, Lorraine, France, April
Pasque flowers {Pulsatilla vulgaris} flowering on chalk grassland, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Pasque flowers {Pulsatilla vulgaris} flowering on chalk grassland, Lorraine, France
Little bittern chick (Ixobrychus minutus) perched on branch calling, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Little bittern chick (Ixobrychus minutus) perched on branch calling, Lorraine, France
Coot (Fulica atra) coming back to nest full of eggs, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Coot (Fulica atra) coming back to nest full of eggs, Lorraine, France
Coots (Fulica atra) fighting in a territorial dispute, in agressive posture on water, Lorraine, France, March
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Michel Poinsignon / Coots (Fulica atra) fighting in a territorial dispute, in agressive posture on water, Lorraine, France, March
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) in reedbed, Lorraine, France, April.
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Michel Poinsignon / Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) in reedbed, Lorraine, France, April.
Goat's beard (Tragopogon pratensis) seed head, France, July
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Michel Poinsignon / Goat's beard (Tragopogon pratensis) seed head, France, July
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair feeding chicks on nest, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair feeding chicks on nest, Lorraine, France
Common european toad (Bufo Bufo) pair in amplexus traveling back to breeding pond, in rain. Lorraine, France, April
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Michel Poinsignon / Common european toad (Bufo Bufo) pair in amplexus traveling back to breeding pond, in rain. Lorraine, France, April
Coulourful forest in autumn including European beech (Fagus sylvatica) Common hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and Oak (Quercus)~Lorraine, France, November.
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Michel Poinsignon / Coulourful forest in autumn including European beech (Fagus sylvatica) Common hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and Oak (Quercus)~Lorraine, France, November.
Eurasian pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) perched on conifer branch, Vosges Mountains, France, June.
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Michel Poinsignon / Eurasian pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) perched on conifer branch, Vosges Mountains, France, June.
Two tawny owl (Strix aluco) chicks emerging from nest in tree, Luxembourg. May.
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Michel Poinsignon / Two tawny owl (Strix aluco) chicks emerging from nest in tree, Luxembourg. May.
Morel fungus (Mitrophora semilibera) among leaf litter. Lorraine, France, March
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Michel Poinsignon / Morel fungus (Mitrophora semilibera) among leaf litter. Lorraine, France, March
Puffball (Lycoperdon) discharging spores, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Puffball (Lycoperdon) discharging spores, Lorraine, France
European Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) perched on branch with tongue sticking out, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / European Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) perched on branch with tongue sticking out, Lorraine, France
Great grey shrike (Lanius excubitor) with mouse prey impaled on barbed wire, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Great grey shrike (Lanius excubitor) with mouse prey impaled on barbed wire, Lorraine, France
Yellow iris {Iris pseudacorus} and Cotton grass {Eriophorum sp} Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Yellow iris {Iris pseudacorus} and Cotton grass {Eriophorum sp} Lorraine, France
Fragrant orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea) in flower,~Montenach, Lorraine, France, May.
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Michel Poinsignon / Fragrant orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea) in flower,~Montenach, Lorraine, France, May.
Great tit (Parus major) flying to nest with caterpillar prey, Lorraine, France, March.
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Michel Poinsignon / Great tit (Parus major) flying to nest with caterpillar prey, Lorraine, France, March.
Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) adults fighting in rain, in winter, Moselle, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) adults fighting in rain, in winter, Moselle, France
Great tit (Parus major) flying from nest, Lorraine, France, March.
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Michel Poinsignon / Great tit (Parus major) flying from nest, Lorraine, France, March.
Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) perched on larch (Larix) branch in winter, Lorraine, France, January.
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Michel Poinsignon / Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) perched on larch (Larix) branch in winter, Lorraine, France, January.
Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) bathing, Lorraine, France, March
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Michel Poinsignon / Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) bathing, Lorraine, France, March
Monkey orchid (Orchis simia) flower and Pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) seed heads, Lorraine,  France, May
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Michel Poinsignon / Monkey orchid (Orchis simia) flower and Pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) seed heads, Lorraine, France, May
Buzzard (Buteo buteo) landing on branch, winter, Lorraine, France, February
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Michel Poinsignon / Buzzard (Buteo buteo) landing on branch, winter, Lorraine, France, February
Common buzzard (Buteo buteo) feeding on deadrRook (Corvus frugilegus) in snow in winter, Lorraine, France, February
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Michel Poinsignon / Common buzzard (Buteo buteo) feeding on deadrRook (Corvus frugilegus) in snow in winter, Lorraine, France, February
Buzzards (Buteo buteo) fighting for food in winter, Lorraine, France, February
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Michel Poinsignon / Buzzards (Buteo buteo) fighting for food in winter, Lorraine, France, February
Hybrid orchid, Fly orchid (Ophrys mouche) X Small spider orchid (Ophrys litigieux) in flower, Lorraine, France, April
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Michel Poinsignon / Hybrid orchid, Fly orchid (Ophrys mouche) X Small spider orchid (Ophrys litigieux) in flower, Lorraine, France, April
Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) female, clinging between two twigs, Lorraine, France, October.
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Michel Poinsignon / Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) female, clinging between two twigs, Lorraine, France, October.
European praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) pair mating, Lorraine, France. September.
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Michel Poinsignon / European praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) pair mating, Lorraine, France. September.
Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) pair on plant facing each other, Lorraine, France, September.
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Michel Poinsignon / Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) pair on plant facing each other, Lorraine, France, September.
Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) pair on plant, Lorraine, France, September.
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Michel Poinsignon / Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) pair on plant, Lorraine, France, September.
European praying mantis {Mantis religiosa} on hawthorn berries, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / European praying mantis {Mantis religiosa} on hawthorn berries, Lorraine, France
Great green bush cricket (Tettigonia viridissima) on dogwood (Cornus sanguinae) in autumn, Montenach, Lorraine, France, September.
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Michel Poinsignon / Great green bush cricket (Tettigonia viridissima) on dogwood (Cornus sanguinae) in autumn, Montenach, Lorraine, France, September.
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) and female Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) fighting on branch in the snow, Lorraine, France, January
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Michel Poinsignon / Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) and female Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) fighting on branch in the snow, Lorraine, France, January
Jays (Garrullus glandarius) fighting for food in winter in snow, Lorraine, France, February
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Michel Poinsignon / Jays (Garrullus glandarius) fighting for food in winter in snow, Lorraine, France, February
Magpies (Pica pica) fighting on branch in winter, Lorraine, France, January
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Michel Poinsignon / Magpies (Pica pica) fighting on branch in winter, Lorraine, France, January
Bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus) male feeding on Phragmites seed head, Remerschen, Luxemburg, March
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Michel Poinsignon / Bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus) male feeding on Phragmites seed head, Remerschen, Luxemburg, March
Female Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) flying from nest hole carrying faecal pellet, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Female Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) flying from nest hole carrying faecal pellet, Lorraine, France
Barn owl (Tyto alba) flying into barn  with mouse prey, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Barn owl (Tyto alba) flying into barn with mouse prey, Lorraine, France
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) flying to nest hole with food, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) flying to nest hole with food, Lorraine, France
Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) on birch tree in winter, carrying a hazelnut in beak, Lorraine, France, March
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Michel Poinsignon / Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) on birch tree in winter, carrying a hazelnut in beak, Lorraine, France, March
Great Spotted Woodpecker Chick (Dendrocopos major) looking out of nest hole, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Great Spotted Woodpecker Chick (Dendrocopos major) looking out of nest hole, Lorraine, France
Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) perched on waterfall with insect prey in beak, Moselle, France, April.
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Michel Poinsignon / Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) perched on waterfall with insect prey in beak, Moselle, France, April.
Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) flying over water, Lorraine, France.
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Michel Poinsignon / Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) flying over water, Lorraine, France.
Late spider orchid (Ophrys fuciflora) in flower~Montenach, Lorraine, France, June.
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Michel Poinsignon / Late spider orchid (Ophrys fuciflora) in flower~Montenach, Lorraine, France, June.
Martagon lily (Lilium martagon) in flower, Vosges, Lorraine, France, July.
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Michel Poinsignon / Martagon lily (Lilium martagon) in flower, Vosges, Lorraine, France, July.
Two young Badgers (Meles meles) emerging from set, Lorraine, France
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Michel Poinsignon / Two young Badgers (Meles meles) emerging from set, Lorraine, France
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) walking in grass in late evening light, Lorraine, France. September.
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Michel Poinsignon / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) walking in grass in late evening light, Lorraine, France. September.
European hare (Lepus capensis europaeus) running across field in winter, snowing, Lorraine, France, February
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Michel Poinsignon / European hare (Lepus capensis europaeus) running across field in winter, snowing, Lorraine, France, February
Flock of Mute swans (Cygnus olor) in winter, snowing, Lorraine, France, February
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Michel Poinsignon / Flock of Mute swans (Cygnus olor) in winter, snowing, Lorraine, France, February