2010/03/31

Stenknäck - Coccothraustes coccothraustes - Hawfinch

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Stenknäck - Coccothraustes coccothraustes - Hawfinch

NF Photo 100328

High up in a birchtop was something I did not recognize. Did not see it until I had it on the computer. The Hawfinch!  First time for me.  :)

Om Stenknäck på wiki  About Hawfinch on wiki
Hawfinch on YouTube

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2010/03/28

BPW83 New arrivals this week

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The Cranes just arrived to Stensjön
NF Photo 100324
Common Cormorant at Backa lake
NF Photo 100327
I also got a second look at the Great Bittern that stays at Vrena  :)
NF Photo 100326

And....lots of birds singing outside my window, despite the fact it is a grey and dull day today.


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2010/03/27

100 arter på Artportalen - 100 species on Artportalen

Lite av ett jubileum ju. :) 

A bit of an anniversary I guess. :)
Artportalen is a place where Swedish birders report their findings.
Artportalen
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Strandskata - Haematopus ostralegus - Eurasian Oystercatcher

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Strandskata - Haematopus ostralegus - Eurasian Oystercatcher
NF Photo 100326

I´m sorry the photos are so poor, but they were so far out and I took the photos throu the tube.
 

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2010/03/24

Fjällvråk - Buteo lagopus - Rough-legged Buzzard

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This seem to be a common sight of this bird, with the legs hanging down.


Fjällvråk - Buteo lagopus - Rough-legged Buzzard
As far as I can tell it is a female. She really is gorgeous. :)

NF Photo 100322 at Tybblefälten
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2010/03/20

First arrivals

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Greylag goose coming in at Stensjön  (grågås)

The Whooper swans (sångsvan) was the first ones at Ö Vingåkers Wetlands, wating for the water to melt.

NF Photo 100319

The  birds are finally coming in. Sweden is now thawing. And for now it is an ugly country. But that will not last for long. I hope.  :)




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2010/03/19

Havstrut - Larus Marinus - Great Black-backed Gull

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This one looks so proud, dosn´t it?


Havstrut - Larus Marinus - Great Black-backed Gull
Andra vinter dräkt - Second winter plumage
NF Photo 100317 at Oxelösund


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2010/03/16

Rördrom - Botaurus lentiginosus - Great/Eurasian Bittern

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Rördrom - Botaurus lentiginosus - Great Bittern

NF Photo 100315 at Vrena

Many thanks to Tärnan for the message of the bird being at Vrena. It was certainly a great  experience to watch this bird.


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2010/03/13

Oxelösund March 10th

NF Photos 100310, click to enlarge them


Last wednedsay I went to Oxelösund, as I recieved a mail the evening before that they would have a birding session at a place called Ljungskärsflagen. I have never been there so it was  a great opportunity to me. It took me about 1.5h to get to the location at the coast of The Baltic Sea. It turned out to be great. Sun shining and temperature just above freezing. Some thawing going on.

We met at 13.30 and finished at 16.00. A short walk in the snow and forest with all my stuff was a bit hard though. But I managed.

Some of the scenery with a lot of Tufted ducks (viggar) on the water 
  

A  black headed gull (skrattmås) met us on the parkinglot. (ad winter)

A beautiful Common Merganser male (storskrakshane)  swam in the harbour.

Some Tufted ducks (viggar) up close.

And finally I got a closer look at the Sea Eagles (havsörn)  that I hardly spotted last week.

The spotting scope turned out to be quite OK. But there is limits of course. The more experienced people among us said they spotted long tailed ducks (alfågel). But I just saw some white dots riding the waves. That is what experience is for I guess. :)

There are aditional photos on NatureFootstep. Three posts starting with this one
And on Stefans Blog is even pics of me. :)

BWP 81


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Havstrut - Larus Marinus - Great Black-backed Gull

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Havstrut - Larus Marinus - Great Black-backed Gull
adult and one younger.  
NF Photo 100308 at Näsnaren, on the photo is also a Herring gull (gråtrut) to show the size. 


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2010/03/07

Language - Språk

Då det bara är två svenskar som kommenterar på bloggen kommer jag f.o.m nu att bara skriva på engelska. Jag har lagt in en översättare i sidlisten för den som vill ha ett annat språk.

As there are only two Swedes that are commenting on my blog I will  write in english only from now on. I have aded a Translator in the sidebar if needed.

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BPW 80 Eagle count at Gagnhäll

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On our way to the spotting place on Lake Hjälmaren I spotted these iceicles


Me with a borrowed spotting scope. Since I bought my own I always get in trouble. What to bring? I am mostly a photographer. To see a bird 2 miles away and not have a photo is not in my interest really. Today we were supposed to walk over the lake and maybe in hip high with snow. Impossible to bring it all. So I chose the camera equipment as I was hoping for some eagleshots.  It was sunny and quite nice. -15 when we left at 8.00. But it got warmer pretty quick.

So, what about the birding? We spotted some Common Redpoll in the trees. And a Common Buzzard on our way home. But sitting in the car there was no photo on that one. So... eagles?
Those who counted said there was 26 to be seen during the two hours the count was on. But they were so far away that even with my 500 mm lens, and an expander, I did not see more then the photo shows. It is possible to see probably 3 eagles and some black birds. Raven, Jackdaw or Crows. But no chance of telling if the eagles are sea eagles or bald ones.


NF Photo 100306

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