In the middle of January a not that common visitor appeared just outside the town where I live. A Northern hawk-owl had settle down in a small group of trees and have been staying there for more than 2 weeks so far. Yesterday I made a visit to the place and managed to get some photos of the owl.
I had a day off from work and got the opportunity to spend it in an eagle hide in Black river vally. During the day we had visits by a couple of diffrent golden eagles and a lot of white tail eagles. The eagles are very skittish and you have to move your camera very slowly, any movement can easily scare the eagle away for the rest of the day. When they have start feeding they are not that skittish and we had eagles as close as 5 meters from the hide. I got a lot of great pictures this day and here are some of them.
Yesterday morning was a beautiful autumn morning and perfect for some fallow deer photographing. I know a place just 20 min from my home where there are lots of oak trees and the fallow deer like to eat the acorns dropping from the trees during the autumn. The fallow deer originates from the Mediterranean countries, and it was introduced into Sweden in 16th century for royal hunting. Today, it is found in all of Sweden’s provinces.
Me and my son took an 14 day trip to Sri Lanka this summer. The goal for this trip was to get som nice wildlifeimages and hopefully get some pictures of leopards. We went on some river and jungle safaris and we made visits to Udawalawe and Yala national parks. Yala has the world’s biggest concentration of leopards and lots of majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. We did get to see a lot of animals and we did get to see leopards a couple of times but unfortunately I did not get any great photos of the leopards. I did get a lot of other great images and are very happy with the trip.
In the middle of February I did my yearly visit to the eagle hide in Färnebofjärden national park. I and two other photographers arrived to the hide just before 06.00 a.m. while it still was dark outside. After setting up our gear and pour the first cup of coffe the waiting starts. After waiting for a couple of hours the first ravens appear and after one more hours of waiting there was some eagles landing in the tree tops on the other side of the mire and after 15-20 more minutes more eagles arrives. After a couple of hours there was at least 10 white tail eagles flying around on the other side of the mire but it was to far away to take pictures. Suddenly all the eagles decided that it was lunch time and came down on the carrion (two wild boar and lots of fish) in a feeding frenzy. The eagles stayed for about 30 minutes and we got some great photos before they left and went back to the tree tops on the other side again. Then it was totaly calm for about two hours until all the eagles decided that it was time to eat again an a new feeding frenzy started and it also started to snow, so we got some nice pictures of eagles feeding in the snow. This was a fantastic day in the hide and all of us got lots of great pictures.
They've starred in a David Attenborough documentary, and their affairs frequently make the local news. Facebook groups are dedicated to them, and academics study them. They are a family of smooth-coated otters, and has adapt to living in an urban environment, prompting experts to marvel at the way the animals have flourished in relatively unnatural surroundings.
I went on a trip with my son to Singapore and the main goal was to find and photograph the famous otters. Just to go there and photograph the otters are not that easy because there is not that many otters and they move around in a big area. Most of the people living in Singapore have never seen the otters. We manage to get a short glimt of otters at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and I got some pictures but they were to far away for good ones. One day later we was walking around the “Gardens of the bay” and photographing birds and of course looking for the otters. We had walked around for may be 4 hours and there was no signs of the otters but we saw lots of birds. Then suddenly we had the fortune to stumble over one of the otters hunting in the water just outside the "Cloud forest” and it had just caught a big Red Devil cichlid. I was lucky to get some really great pictures from a close distance.
This morning I took a trip to Hjälstaviken who is a lake with large reed beds. This time of year there is great possibilities to see and to photograph the bearded reedlings. When I arrived at the site and walk out in the reeds I could hear the bearded reedlings and catch some quick glimts of them but there was never any photo opportunitys. After walking around for a few hours I suddenly stumble over some reedlings on the pathway and I manage to get som nice pictures of them.
I have just come back from a 9 day safari tour in kruger park. The park i enormous. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopoand Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa, and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. It’s about the same size as the whole of Israel, a little smaller than Belgium and about a third of the size of Ireland. So even if kruger is one of the parks in the world with highest population of animals it's not so easy to see or find them. With greate safari guides and a bit of luck I managed to get some nice pictures.
This morning the alarm clock went off very early, just before 4 a.m. I was going to a site well known for it's great grey owls. I arrived at the site around 5.30 a.m. and there was already quite a few people there and one of the owls was also there. These incredible great grey owls with their graceful approach and silent wings are very impressing to watch hunting for soles in the meddow. They don't seems to be bothered by the people watching them. They do their thing and land on the old fence posts just couple of meters from where you stand. I spent 3 hours with the owls and managed to get many nice pictures.
Hares is generally nocturnal and shy in nature, but they change their behaviour in the spring when they can be seen in broad daylight chasing one another around in the fields. During this spring time frenzy when they have most of their focus on eatch other it's much easier to get close to them and if you lay down on the ground you can get some nice pictures. Hares have a fantastic sense of smell and acute hearing, so make sure you are down wind and keep as low as possible to minimise your outline. Often an army-style crawling is the most effective to get close.
In the middle of February I did a new visit to the photo hide in Färnebofjärden national park. I and two other photographer arrived to the hide and at about 06.00 am we where ready to photograph some eagles, but it was still dark outside so we have to wait a bit. After waiting for a couple of hours the first ravens appear but still no eagles. After one more hours of waiting suddenly a Golden Eagle just appear from nowhere. The golden eagle stayed for about 30 minutes and we got some nice photos. The rest of the day was just a big wait. There was at least 7 - 8 white tail eagles flying around all day but the was to far away to take pictures and we could hear the call of the goose hawk but we did't see it so we sat there and wait until about 16.30 when we decided we had enough. So it was a lot of waiting, but we get some nice pictures of the Golden Eagle.
This weekend I made a visit to "Ulva kvarn" in Uppsala. Ulva is an old watermill and the river flows down a waterfall and create an perfect habitat with turbulent water for the White-throated Dipper. The dippers arrive in the authum and stays all winter in to spring when the suddenly disappear. This time there was 3 dippers at the site and I photographed them for a cupple of hours and got som nice pictures.
In the end of september I spent 3 nights in a photo hide in eastern Finland right on the Russan border. The goal was to get some pictures of wolfs in authum colors. Wolfs are very shy and are hard to get close to and it takes a lot of patient and when or if they appeare the photo distanse are often quite long. This trip we had good luck with the wolfs but the weather was very bad. Wolfs are active at dawn or dusk and this time of year the dawn or dusk time are very short and because the bad weather and poor light conditions we had about 1 hour to get photos in rather bad light before it gets to dark to take photos. So to get some wolf pictures at all they have to appeare under this hour, and they did! We had also some bears visiting us. Here are some of the pictures.
went on a Osprey photo session with a company "Birdsafarisweden" last Saturday. Our guide on the trip was Lars-Erik and he has been feeding the ospreys for about 8-9 years now. We went out on the lake mälaren with his boat and it did not take more than a couple of minutes before the first osprey showed up. Lars-Erik feed them fish that they happily dive after close to the boat and some time to close to the boat to get the whole bird in the frame. We spent about 3 hours with the osperys and I get a lot of nice pictures. At the end of the session a white-tail eagle come to visit and catch our last fish and I get some picture of that but it was a bit to far away to get greate pictures.
The osprey, is an amazing raptor to watch and to photograph fishing . But it's not that easy to follow the bird in a dive and holding the Auto Focus point on the bird the entire way down. So sometimes you miss the picture and sometime you nail it. Here are some of the pictures I manage to get this day.
Yesterday evening I went to a little pond near where I live and I was blessed with a fantastic golden light. The magic light was only there for 15 -20 minutes and the it was gone. I manage to get some nice pictures of a wood sandpiper looking for food and it got real close to me as I was lying on the ground under a camo net.
I spent an evening photographing a pair of Kestrels earlier this week. The light this evening at the kestrel site was perfect, with the soft sunshine behind me. The kestrels where hunting and the male manage to get a large vole. He land on a fence post by the road with his pray and call for the female and hand over the vole to her. She then flew away with the vole to the nest to feed their chicks. I photographed all this from the car and I was able to sneak up quite close to get some great images.
Hoopoe is a bird that I have always wanted to see and I realy wanted to get some decent photos of one. In april 2016 I had the opportunity to meet this charismatic bird outside the town of Uppsala. This was a very unusual visit by this species in this part of the country. The hoopoe is native to southern Europe but it happens from time to time that hoopoes visit the southern parts of sweden but rarely as far north as the town of uppsala. This specific bird seems relatively fearless and not to be bothered by photographers. It would happily feed and preen right in front of us. Sucha great bird to see and to photograph!