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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  1. Anonymous04 June, 2012

    That last shot is stunning!

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

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

  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!!


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

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

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

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

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

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


  11. Agreed, last landscape is a masterpiece!

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

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

  14. beautiful scenery and birds

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

    Stewart M - Australia

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

  17. I love the Red necked Grebe.

  18. Oh I love the last shot.


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