Kvismaren and Hornborga Lake 130405 day one

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Today I was going to Hornborgasjön with a group called Rapphönan - Grey Partridge. It is a network for female birders. So, this is a few days when I will spend time with woman only. And birds of course.

I left my home about 9.00h friday morning to go to Kvismaren at first. That is a Bird Observatory about 1,5h by car from where I live. I stoped at the first lookout and was surprised. No men whatsoever but I found 3 woman birding. One of them is now  a friend on FB.
The park observatory area was filled with geeze. I  think I never seen that many geese at one time. Then a few swans and a Sea Eagle. But not much else.
I took this shot from the lookout and it is interesting to see the birds gathering where there was just a fraction of open water.
I took a cup of coffee and then I continued west.
Note. When I was going home on sunday evening the area was empty. Maybe ten geeze or so was there. All others left the area. Going north I assume.

I arrived at the Hostel, Herrtorps Qvarn, around 15.00h. It is a very beautiful place and I checked it out for a while and then had the lunch I brought with me. There should be birds in the stream bot for now I did not see any. This place is an old flour-mill.
I was supposed to meet with the group ar 18.00h so I took my car and went to check out the main area of Lake Hornborga Nature Reserve.  

I realized this is a very beautiful countryside and had to make several photo stops. :)  I was a bit disappointed as the lake was still covered with ice at that time. It means not many birds. But there was mute swans looking their best in the back light. :)

Naturum Hornborgasjön
Then it was time to go back to the Hostel, meet with the group and have dinner. After dinner we had a person talking about the area and it´s history and birds. Very nice.
I stayed in a room with 4 other woman. It was a bit cold in the room so I did not sleep well. But I did not mind as I realised I had a window bed and could see all stars through the window. A little like when I was little and in my grandparents house. :)


  1. just lovely scenes of migrations!

  2. Except for the cold night, it sounds like you had a delightful adventure!

  3. Great photos and it sounds like a good start to your birding trip.

  4. Herlige bilder!
    Hit skal jeg til neste år!

  5. Sounds like a great birding trip! I love the photos, cool shots of the geese and swans!

  6. Lovely shots, the last one is stunning!

  7. Så härligt med så många fåglar. Fina bilder.

  8. That is a lot of geese in the air alright. Wow.

  9. Så häftigt att få se så många gäss i luften! Och svanar tröttnar man aldrig på att studera! Vet inte om du är på din resa nu, eller du har varit? Men är du där hoppas jag du får valuta för pengarna och får se massor av tranor!

  10. Wow, what glorious beauty and the ending one with the Swan...it leads one to ponder...LOVE it, love the whole series~


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