Eagles in Flatanger

A few weeks ago I visited maybe one of the best spots for White-Tailed Eagle in Norway. Ole Martin Dahle runs this place from Lausnes in Flatanger and he really is a skilled guide. I had a very good day with lots of photos and fun.

If you go here in the summer you will be able to see eagles, foxes, artic skuas, gulls and also moose’s. In the winter season Ole offers good photo opportunities from his hides as well as going by the boat for the White-Tailed Eagle. With a probability of 99% to see eagles I would really recommend you to go here. You won’t get dissapointed!

Splashing water

Last time I visited Månafossen, a local waterfall near Stavanger, it was winter and the waterfall had frozen over. Yesterday I was here again and at this time of the year the water flow is at it strongest. Went down really close to where the water splashes against the rocks, and after 30 minutes with ‘rain’ from the waterfall it looked like I had been standing in the waterfall and not beside it 🙂

Weekend in the forest

In january I visited a golden eagle hide in Dalen, a small community in southern Norway. This place is run by Jostein Hellevik, and last weekend I went there again. Staying at Hovdmyra (Josteins place), gives you good opportunities to encounter wildlife. At this time of the year you will not get to see the golden eagles and this was not my plan. The goal was instead to try to get photos of beavers and hopefully nesting ospreys.

Many hours was spent looking for beavers and mornings sitting in a portable hide, but I didn’t even get a glimpse of the animals. There were lots of fresh chewing marks all over the place but since the beavers are having babies at this time it’s probably why I didn’t see them. Well well, we all know, nothing bad without something good after, right?

One of the Josteins mobile hides had blown away after some really bad weather, and when we had found it and putted it back on place I nearly tramped on this fella. A poisonous european viper, and he had been laying there for the whole time. He was quite big and it looked like he had something of a mousesize in his belly 🙂 When he didn’t want to act model anymore he chose to swim away.

One of the days we row around a forest lake in a small boat looking for wildlife and all of a sudden this Black-throated Loon came up ten meters in front of us. It had only been seen from great distances before in this lake, and he seemed to be just as supriced as we was.

I also got a good encounter with this pied flycatcher, a common kestrel and a canada goose


The fjord look a like lake of Bandak

There is not only wildlife and landscapes to see here and in early may the summer flowers is at full bloom. This Elder-flowered Orchid is the county flower of Telemark. Due to a heavy decrease in population it is red-listed in Norway.

Jostein really knows his surrounding areas well and there is much to see here. If you would like to get in touch with him and visit Hovdmyra, please contact him on +47 900 65 976 or ‘jostein @ hovdmyra.no’

At the heart of the birds

Being able to get into the colonies of the birds is a very exciting experience. You get to see lots of different behaviour such as breeding games, fights, mating, feeding and much more.


European Shag

When I arrived at Hornöya, spring was in the air and the sun was shining. When I woke up the next morning, 10 cm of fresh snow had found it’s way to the ground. Interesting to use the snow for cool foregrounds and patterns around the birds. But in +10 degrees celsius the snow doesn’t last to long so I’ll try to go here again next year a little bit earlier!


Guillemot in snow

The Black-Legged Kittiwakes are nesting on the steep cliffs and to them is it very important to get a good position for their nests. They will fight to get or keep the good spots and the fights can sometimes end in a tragedy.


Razorbill in flight


Mating Guillemots


In the middle of one of the Guillemot colonies


Puffin in snow

Hornøya – Home to the Seabirds

Last weekend I visited the only arctic community of the western Europe, Vardø. 5 minutes outside of Vardø lies the island of Hornøya. Hornøya is a very important breeding ground for many of our Norwegian seabirds, such as Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Puffins and Guillemots. This is a perfect place to really get close on to the birds as they are not very shy.


Close up Guillemot


Razorbill in flight


Puffins


Sunset

The weather on these northern latitudes changes rapidly. In one hour you can have snowfall, sunshine, mist and rain. This can offer some pretty cool situations and different lights, making it extra fun to work with the birds.


Guillemot in hail


Puffin and some snowrests in sunlight


Black-Legged Kittiwake


You get very close to the colonies of Guillemots


A Shag with a crab 🙂


And to finish this posting, here’s a Razorbill coming in for landing

I will make a few more postings from Hornøya and in these I will present each spieces for them self and hopefully present some even more interesting pictures.

Pangot with surroundings – last destination

Corbett gave me one last glimpse of tiger for probably a long time, and after Corbett we headed towards our last destination on this trip. Pangot is located 15 kilometers from Nainital at an altitude of 2000 meters. A good area for birding and with the right weather condition you can see the Himalayan mountain range from here.


White-Crested Laughingthrushes


Red-Billed Blue Magpie


Red-Rumped Swallows


Full moon


Night view from the lodge


Morning sunrise by the Himalaya


Himalayan Griffon


Sirkeer Malkoha


Lammegeier


Himalayan Griffon

Great Crested Grebe

The last couple of days I have been working with some of the breeding birds in the local area. Have had some good encounters with the Great Crested Grebe and one of the breeding pairs came up really close to me while they were playing. I also got to see males fighting and nest building.


Collecting straws for the nest


Grebe game


Fantastic breeding plumage


Males fighting


More mating

Corbett National Park

Our trip went on up to the more northern parts of India, to Corbett National Park. Here the nature is total different from the flat areas we have been to earlier. Corbett is covered with thick forests and is a park with big rivers and high hills all over the place, making it a good habitat for both Tigers and wild Elephants.



On the way to Corbett we had a good meeting with
about twenty Black Kites feeding on a roadkill


Tiger crossing one of the rivers on the way to the jungle lodge, Dhikala


Chestnut-Headed Bee-Eater


Jungle view!


Elephants crossing river in sunset


Corbett Sunset


Sambar Deer


Another Corbett Tiger


Tiger marks in the sand


Elephants in the jungle


Oriental Pied Hornbill


Black Kites

Chambal River

After a good day in Bharatpur the journey continued to Chambal River, home to the endangered Indian Skimmer. With only 1500 birds left in India and still declining we can just hope for the numbers to go up again and I’m glad I got opportunity to get pictures on this bird. But after another tourist boat drove by and around the birds rushing it’s engine and scaring all of the birds I think it would be better to keep all tourists away until the number has risen again.

The Indian Skimmer is an amazing bird and was fun to work with even though it was difficult to get good images on this white bird in strong daylight and a autofocus not working properly.


Turtles mating


The Chambal River is also home to the blind Ganga Dolphin and the Gharial Crocodile.


Great Thick-Knee


Skimmers in flight


Ruddy Shelduck


Spoonbills and a Painted Stork


Another Gharial