Shooting animals is a new passion of mine. Shooting photographically speaking, of course!
Gentofte lake is a great place to start. I managed to photograph Greylag Geese, Mute Swans, Mallard Ducks, Coots, and Little Gulls. I also spotted a Great Crested Grebe but didn't succeed in capturing it on camera.
The lake of Gentofte Sø is bordered by the bog of Brobæk Mose. It comprises many rare species of flora and fauna. The entire area is preserved under the general Danish nature protection law. It is considered an educational site for what it has to offer to its visitors.
Important Birds in Gentofte Lake:
Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Osprey, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Woodcock, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare, Reed Warbler, Bearded Tit, Short-toed Tree-creeper.
The greylag is the largest and bulkiest of the grey geese. It has a bulky body, a thick and long neck, and a large head and beak. It has pink legs and feet, and an orange beak. This species is found throughout the Old World but no longer breeds in Southwestern Europe. This species is one of the last to migrate, and the 'lag' portion of their name is said to derive from the lagging behind other geese.
The name 'Mute' derives from them being less vocal than other swan species. They measure 125 to 170 cm (49 to 67 in) in length. They have a white plumage with an orange bill bordered with black. They are recognisable by their pronounced knob atop the bill.
Mute swans can be very aggressive. A defensive attack begins with a loud hiss and is then followed by a physical attack, smashing at their enemy with bony spurs in the wings, accompanied by biting with their large bill. Their wings are very powerful and, anecdotally, reported to exert enough force to break an adult man's leg!!
This site is of extremely high value both from a biological, aesthetic and recreational point of view. Gentofte Lake is one of the cleanest lakes in Denmark. It is a nutrient-rich, chalky lake, with floating plants. The adjacent meadows can boast of 7 species of orchid. There are reed-covered islets in the lake, where the elusive Bittern lurks.
Visiting and Access:
There is no admission to the islets in Gentofte Lake, but otherwise there are no restrictions with regard to access. Boats can be hired, and sailing is permitted from 16th April - 1st December. A system of public pathways guides the visitor around Brobæk Mose, which is otherwise practically inaccessible.
Some of the info was taken from the Dansk Ornitologisk Forening.