2012-06-03

Birding on Öland 120504, Friday

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120504 Friday
I woke up just before 6 in the morning, I went up and had a cup of coffee and an egg and then I went to Ottenby at 6.40.

When I arrived they had just spotted a Glaucous Gull (vit trut) so I spend some time with getting a shot of it. It was far out,of course, but I managed to get a shot where you can see it is that bird. A new one to me so I did really want a shot I could idenify the bird.  So it was nice that I saw it too. A new species on my list. Then I asked Göran and another about the ID of the vader I had shot the first day. And they could not give it to me. Somehow I felt good about it. Even the experts don´t know it all. :) When I was about to leave there was a peculiar light on the Baltic sea side of the Observatory area. Had to take some shots of course.
Some birds this morning; Glaucous Gull (vittrut), Merlin far away (stenfalk),   flying Red-Breasted Merganser (småskrake), flying Tufted Duck (vigg), Wood Sandpiper (grönbena), Canadian goose(kanadagås) and the the Common Scoter on a frame (sjöorren på bild). OK just like dots, but still. 
Ottenby bird obs and Långe Jan
Then I was supposed to go to the hostel and eat something. Instead I went to Södra Lunden to check out the new tower. It was cold and a little rain now. As I went on the path I heard some noice I could not recognice. Later on, at the tower, I met a couple and I heard the noice again. They knew it. It was the sound of the wings of the Common Snipe (enkelbeckasin). Nice to know. :) Not much birds but I had some photo session in the Lund also. A woman need to have some fun.
Back at the Hostel I made lunch, coffee and bread that is. And then I slept for 40 min. Tried to find a bird at Artportalen but was not succesful. I thought it was silkeshäger but it turned out to be an Egret heron that was seen some 50 km up north. Well, if it is still there tomorrow I might try to see it on my way back home.
Instead I went to find the closed damm, kalkstensbrott in Albrunna, where there was supposed to be gråhakedopping. I found it but it took a while and a long walk in a national park, Albrunna Alvar, and among cows. There were many Northern Weahtear (stenskvättor) in the area, It is Ölands Alvar, somehow looking like a thundra in the northern part of our world. 
The entire sothern part of Öland is a World Heritage area. It is a special ground made of chalk and it is also a very old cultural ground. Lots of Kings lived here.
Now my legs and feet don´t like it anymore but I had to get back to the car. My back is painful too. But at least the sun started to come out again. It was now about 16.30 and I was getting hungry.
Gråhakedopping - Red-Necked Grebe
Back at the car I headed to the next place. A small birdlake south of S Möckleby. That one too a remnant from an old factory. It was quite nice but I did not see much more then swallows. :)
Now it was dinnertime but on my way south the mist was coming in from the ocean as the sun shoen through the clouds.  So, I took a short additional trip to Ottenby. Not much to see though so I went for dinner.
After dinner the mist was still there so I took a new trip to Ottenby. Now it was cold and windy again. Not much of either birds or birders, So I took some shots and went back. Now I am writing and tomorrow I ´ll be going home.






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20 comments:

  1. That last shot is stunning!

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  2. Great tour,though, and the shots are great!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Vilken underbar helg du måste ha haft. Bilderna är urläckra!!!

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  4. You did get some terrific captures in spite of the weather -- although it does look cold! I do love that last shot! Hope you have a good week with some better weather!!

    Sylvia

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  5. Even weather the not so good weather it is a beautiful place for birding! I love the cute Grebe! Wonderful post!

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  6. That last photo is just too beautiful. Great walk.

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  7. 'The early bird gets the worm'. You early morning shots are excellent but your last one is just beautiful

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  8. What beautiful shots...the last one is stunning.

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  9. Flott bildeserie dette, flott som innlegg til WBW!

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  10. Love the landscape shots!!!Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  11. Agreed, last landscape is a masterpiece!

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  12. The grebe is gorgeous! Fantastic scenery, too!

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  13. Flot serie du viser i WBW.
    Ønsker dig en god dag.
    Hanne Bente

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  14. beautiful scenery and birds

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  15. That last shots is really great. I like the grebe as well.

    Stewart M - Australia

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  16. thanks everone. I´m pleased you liked it.

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  17. I love the Red necked Grebe.

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