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11 April 2015

Wild Germany - Bodden

First day postmark : Common Crane (灰鶴)
Germany (2015)

2nd January, 2015. Berlin

First day postmark : Pied Avocet (反嘴鷸)
Germany (2015)

2nd January, 2015. Bonn

First day postmark : Black-headed Gull (紅嘴鷗)
Germany (2015)

2nd January, 2015. Bonn

Bodden are briny bodies of water forming lagoons, along the southwestern shores of the Baltic Sea, primarily in Germany's state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Especially around the island of Rügen, Usedom and the Fischland-Darss-Zingst peninsula, these lagoons can be found. Part of them are protected reserves, forming the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park.

They have a distinctive geological origin and are enclosed by peninsulae, spits and islands, leaving only narrow connections to adjacent bodden or the open sea. Freshwater inflow from the mainland and saltwater inflow from the open sea, which depends on wind direction and force as well as the proximity of the bodden to the sea, result in fluctuating salt gradients and distinctive ecosystems.

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