2018-06-16

Birds this week

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Cormorant nesting colony. Lots of chicks there.

Great cormorant, adult leaving the nest

A blackheaded gull skims the surface with both beak and feet, Looks like it is walking or dancing.

And some of the new inhabitants. Young Coot chicks.
© NF Photo 180614-15

I have known about the Cormorant colonies but have not investing it much as it is a bit tricky to get there. But now I really wanted to see the actual nesting. The trees are on a small island out in the lake. I needed my 400 lens and an adapter x2, makes it 800m lens to get this image. I had to fasten it on the birding tower fence to be able to take shots. Camera is heavy and it was windy.
The cormorant flying was shot with the 400 mm lens.


The gulls was skimming the watersurface to find food and sometimes even used the feet.

To finish off  the coots are hatching. This is for you Anni, I think I remember you loved them last year. These are maybe 2 or 3 days old. I have some new images not yet uploaded. Will try to post some next week.

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Reindeer in Varanger

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Reindeer in Varanger
© NF Photo 150309, Varanger, Norway

Reindeer in Varanger a cold and snowy day.
I´m going through my files from the trip to Varanger in March 2015 as I am posting them to Instagram. I love the reindeers so I thought "cold" images would chill one off in the heat of summer.

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2018-06-15

Spiderweb

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Spiderweb and seeds
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2018-06-14

Sunset at Ottenby

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Sunset at Ottenby
© NF Photo 180523, Ottenby

I did see the red light from the kitchen at the hostel I stayed in. Quickly finished and got out to the fields to watch.

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2018-06-09

Swift and black-headed gull

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 Tail of a swift, I was lucky to catch that one. They are soooo fast.

 Swift

Swift and black-headed gull
© NF Photo 180529 and 180605 Boda Kvarn & ÖV

The top image is the tail of a swift. Second image is a swift, but not the same as the first one.

The black-headed gull did NOT like me. It tried to scare me off. Quite annoying really! I´m not a raptor!


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Watersnake fishing

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Water/grass snake fishing
© NF Photo 180526 and 180608 Boda Kvarn

This snake lives mostly on fish so you fine it rather easy at a strem or lake. It has no poisen and are very curious. It has many color variations from brown to black. All except for the black had the white pattern on the head.

I liked the pattern the foam gave the top snake. The lower one just catched it´s lunch, a perch.

This snake is special to me. If I have a spirit animal, it should be this one.

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2018-06-08

Mountain road in Varanger

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Mountain road in Varanger
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From my trip tp Varanger in Norway.

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2018-06-07

Kite surfers in the sky

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Kite surfers in the sky
© NF Photo 180524

I was on my way home. But before I left the island I payed a visit to Haga Park and the Surfers Center. It looked promising as it was quite windy.

There was many  more surfers then I expected in the end of May and in the middle of the week.
I had much fun trying to catch them in camera.

Two hours later I crossed the bridge in the images to get to the main land and continue north to my  home. A 5 h drive.

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2018-06-02

Northern lapwing

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Northern lapwing - Tofsvipa
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I was driving on a small country road when I suddenly noticed some small ones at the side. One adult tock to the air and shouted to the newly hatched ones to be careful. They did not understand much so they walked around until I got too close then they hid themselves. I would not be surprised if they were hatches the very same day. I was glad there was no traffic so I could get out of the car.
I did not get any good shots of the actual parents at this time so those images are a week older. Large feet and head for such timy creatures.

This made my day! Only ones before I have seen young lapwings and they were much older then these ones.

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Critters on Öland

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Critters on Öland
© NF Photo 180522

This is from my trip to Öland two weeks ago. This is a NP "Ölands Södra Udde" and from Eckelsudde also a birding Nature reserve. The sea is the Baltic sea. The cattle are keeping the land open and the hare does as it pleces. First time I have seen one with the ocean as background.

I am particulary proud of the last image even if it is not a good one. The Orange-tip, Aurora as we call it,  butterfly is a tricky one. Every year I see the male but only once before have I seen the female. And been certain of it. So, this time I got both in one shot. Have to be happy about it!   :)

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2018-06-01

Outdoor breakfast

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Outdoor breakfast
© NF Photo 180522, Öland

Part of my late, outdoor breakfast.

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2018-05-28

Going to Öland

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 The rape fields are glorious right now :)

An old stone but I don´t know the history behind it.

 Dunlins in a colorful part of the waters edge at Ottenby

And a glorious setting sun with a bit of a halo
© NF Photo 180521

Visiting the south part of Öland, one of the largest islands we have in the Baltic sea.

Öland  Ottenby

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2018-05-27

A different style of barn

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A different style of barn
© NF Photo 180519

I see this one every time I drive to my daughter. It is about halfway. This day I decided to stop and take a few shots even if there is no good place to park the car. I had to be quick.

 I have no idea whatsoever why it is built like this. Except for the old machine it leaves no clue.

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2018-05-26

Roadtrip to Öland

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 Pair of Banded demoiselle at Emån

Fallow deer

Mostly Dunlins - Kärrsnäppor
© NF Photo 180521, Ottenby

I went to Öland last Monday. This is some critters I saw going down. The damselflies is at a place where I usually take a brake. The deer was sleeping at Ottenby, My last stop before going to the hostel.  The Dunlins was far from sleepy! The number of vaders in one shot is more then I ever see the entire season around my home. Love it!

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