måndag 17 oktober 2016

Vagrant downfall

The passed weekend became an epic megararity downfall event over Sweden and especially on the east coast and the islands. I went to Öland and saw Azure Tit, 3 Siberian Accentors, Dusky Warbler, Pallas´ Warbler, Little Bunting, Hawk Owl (not a rarity over here although a bit scarce in the south) and eventually discovered a Desert Wheatear. More pics to come here but first a few samples of Azzar - the lovely Azure Tit.

tisdag 11 oktober 2016

Lynx with 3 kittens!!!

Oh, my god what a lucky guy I am today. On my way home from Fläckebo a couple of animals puzzled me on long distance. Were they Boar? Hares? Foxes? I couldn´t get my head around what I saw first, when I started to suspect Lynx. And Yes! when I got closer I could see an adult (female) with  3 little ones, in slightly different sizes. The female disappeared instantly, the kittens slower, but one - the smallest I think - lingered on the gravel track leading into the forest. Luckily the camera was just beside me and I managed to get some shots although it was dusky. I used 2.500 iso. The first blurry shot is through the windshield, the others through the side window opening. They are all totally uncropped. The baby Lynx appeared a bit curious, looking a bit at me before it turned and followed his mother and brothers into the forest. I stayed to look for them but they vanished totally in the vegetation.

söndag 9 oktober 2016

Nutcrackers and allies

Had a go on the Nutcrackers in afternoon back-light the other day. Autumn can provide a nice color and atmosphere on this site. I hope to get a bit more yellow the next time. Finished the day with 2 Pygmy owls at dusk. One of them calling like a juvenile begging parents for food and perched low and really close (5-6 meters).

onsdag 5 oktober 2016

Hawk Owl hunting

Two different Hawk Owls hunted in the burnt forest – Hälleskogsbrännan nature reserve – yesterday. One of them was active on low perches and moved around quite a bit and reasonably close. Offered a few chances.

tisdag 27 september 2016

Cranes at Hjälstaviken

Hjälstaviken is a great place to spend an afternoon/evening this time of the year. Bearded Reedlings in the reed beds, loads of (thousands) Bean Geese, Barnacles and 15 or so less White-fronts. As a finale to the evening comes the Cranes. A loveley spectacle!

Don´t think I´ve ever seen a Camberwell Beauty as late as this. Must be a fenology record.

tisdag 20 september 2016

Hawk Owl influx

It got almost dark before we saw the Hawk Owl last night. Wasn´t very obliging either, but always a great bird to see and an unmistakable silhouette. There´s an unusually early influx in southern Sweden at the moment. They normally arrive as winter guests by mid november. Indication of a good winter bird & bird photo season coming up.