Even before you discover the many different native birds — and, in season, the thousands that come through to rest and fatten up for the next part of their journey — the most prominent animals here, dominating the landscape, are the cows.

Evening Light

Evening Light

Actually, they are vacationers themselves: Farmers from the mainland lease the green, luscious pastures on the Hallig and in the spring transport their herds, mostly moms-to-be, to their summer home on the Hallig. They get to go on the regular ferry with human passengers. The calves are born here, and they stay until the fall. As far as we can tell, they are as happy as can be.

The cows ought to be happy -- look what they are feasting on!

The cows ought to be happy — look what they are feasting on!

There are many different herds here. We are in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, so appropriately, there are the typical black-and-white Holstein cows.

What a great place to hang out

What a great place to hang out

Then we have many brown, and brown-and-white cows.

Good morning, my friend!

Good morning, my friend!

A Study in Brown-and-White

A Study in Brown-and-White

Our favorites are the Galloways, a very old breed of cattle prized for hundreds of years for their excellent meat.

Galloway Mother and Child

Galloway Mother and Child

Shaggy Galloways

Shaggy Galloways

In the States, we are primarily familiar with the Belted Galloways, but they also come in all whitish and all black. They are very funny looking and very shaggy. We have a herd at the foot of our Warft, and we love to watch them scratch themselves on a scratching post.

Ahh, that feels good!

Ahh, that feels good!

Come, join me!

Come, join me!

We are getting to know the herds that we pass each day.

Bottoms Up, Ladies!

Bottoms Up, Ladies!

Haven't I seen you before?

Haven’t I seen you before?

I love you, Mama!

I love you, Mama!

A Family Affair

A Family Affair

There are the bulls, always amorous, but the ladies don’t seem interested. After all, they have their hooves full with bringing up their youngsters who are still at home. Then again, who needs men!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Yes, these are two females)

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
(Yes, these are two females)

There are numerous calves, frisky, curious, and constantly hungry.

Curious calves

Curious calves

Who are you?

Who are you?

You like my baby?

You like my baby?

We have taken very amusing videos of cows fighting and jockeying for position at the drinking fountain. This herd tends to spend a good bit of the day at the other end of a pasture to graze, rest, and chew, but their source of water is at this end. The lead cow gets the first long drink, but when the others catch up, there is pushing and shoving. I suppose they all get enough in the end. It is a daily source of entertainment.

Move over, bud!

Move over, bud!

We also have a number of sheep on the Hallig.

Hallig Sheep

Hallig Sheep

Mealtime

Mealtime

They come over on the ferry, too, to have their lambs on the Hallig. The ewes use these shelters to give birth, and later to get out of the sun, wind, or rain.

Shelters for the Sheep

Shelters for the Sheep

Sheep make excellent lawn mowers.

Lawn mowers at work

Lawn mowers at work

These are our hosts, Henriette and Sönke Schwartz. They both wear a lot of hats, including taking care of their sheep business.

Having Fun with their sheep

Having Fun with their sheep

Come and get it!

Come and get it!

Everybody line up

Everybody line up

The faithful and hard working horses are on their feet all day long. They pull the carriages that shuttle visitors and day trippers to and from ferries, to restaurants, and to visit interesting sites. They work one day and get the next day off.

Waiting to start work

Waiting to start work

Monster Horse

Monster Horse

This is the driver of one of the carriages. He has just unhitched his two horses and is leading them to their pasture to eat, drink, and rest.

Finished for the day

Finished for the day

Suzi, the Animal Lover.

Hello, little one!

Hello, little one!

Nice Sheep!

Nice Sheep!

Free Range Chickens

Free Range Chickens

A Hallig Beauty

A Hallig Beauty

Best Friends

Best Friends

Don’t go away…..get your health on, grab some fresh greens and sit tight, there’s another blog post on the way.

IMG_6077 copy (1)
Advertisements