mandag 30. desember 2013

Thirsty Waxwings

Waxwings are beautiful birds and a favorite among photographers. Just before Christmas I came across a flock that frequently flew down to some small puddles of water on the ground to drink. This was in a park in Horten in Vestfold county, and the birds was feeding on mistletoe. It seems like it made them very thirsty - they came down to the puddles in small flocks time after time.

The thirsty Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) came down to the puddles
to drink time after tim...

søndag 29. desember 2013

A really tough one...

One of the roughest birds I know is the Purple Sandpiper - the only shorebird that winters in large numbers in the arctic winter north of the Polar Circle. While photographing a flock in the Lofoten Islands recently, I realized they can be pretty tough to each other as well…

Purple Sandpipers (Calidris maritime) can show a surprising degree
of aggression while feeding in the few hours of daylight.

fredag 27. desember 2013

Autumn in Lofoten

Even if autumn is the time of year when nature falls to rest, it is a lot going on. This is a compilation of photos from the Lofoten Islands last fall.

Many birds migrate trough the islands during fall.
Wren (Tryglodytes tryglodytes).

A Dunnock (Prunella modulars) fades into the surroundings.

The Lesser Whitetroath (Sylvia curruca) is a
rather uncommon guest in the islands.

Shorebirds follow the outer coastline of the islands during fall migration.
Ruff (Philomacus pugnax) (left) and Grey Plowers (Pluvialis squatarola).
Brushane (venstre) og tundralo

A flock of Dunlins (Calidris alpina) and Ruffs (Philomacus pugnax).
Myrsniper og brushaner

Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa) feeding on the mudflats.
The Scarce Umber (Agriopis aurantiaria) is the beauty
among the late autumn moths.
Gul frostmåler

A Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) posing for the photographers.
Young Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo).
When the hunting season starts, the Elk (Alces laces) is hard to approach.

Northern Hawk Owls (Surnia ulula) was quite numerous this fall.

torsdag 5. desember 2013

Creatures of the night...

One of my greatest interests the last years have been moths. These creatures that whirl around your outdoor lamp looks rather dull and grey at first eyesight, but that is before you get a chance to study them close up!
Two years ago I bought a light trap, and after that summer mornings has never been the same. The excitement when I go to check what have been trapped during the night, and the joy of photographing them, have become the new highlight of the day!
Here are some of the beauties from last summer.

Black Arches (Lymantria monacha), Askim, Østfold 26.07

Portrait of Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi), Askim, Østfold 26.07

The rear Ground Lackey (Malacosoma castrenisis),
Hvasser, Vestfold 30.07

Early Thorn (Selenia Dentaria), Hvasser, Vestfold 30.07. Individuals this
lat in summer - of second generation - are rare i Norway.
Blek månemåler

 Chinese Character (Cilix glaucoma), Hvasser, Vestfold 30.07.
This beautiful, tiny moth is red-listed in Norway.

Well camouflaged on birch: Peppered Moth (Biston betularia), Hvasser,

Pebble prominent (Notodonta ziczac), Hvasser,
Vestfold, 01.08

Bordered Beauty (Epione repandaria), Hvasser, Vestfold, 01.08

Red Twin-spot Carpet (Xanthorhoe spadicearia), Hvasser, Vestfold, 01.08.
Rosa båndmåler

Pretty Pinion (Perizoma blandiata), Hvasser, Vestfold 01.08

Archer's Dart (Agrotis vestigialis), Hvasser, Vestfold, 09.08

Pebble Hook-tip (Drepana falcataria), Hvasser, Vestfold, 09.08

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow (Noctua janthe), Hvasser, Vestfold, 09.08
Fiolett båndfly

Many-plumed Moth (Alucita hexadactyla), Hvasser, Vestfold, 09.08

Iron prominent (Notodonta dromedarius), Hvasser, Vestfold, 09.08

Pale prominent (Pterostoma palpina), Hvasser, Vestfold, 09.08
- take the prize for most original camouflage!

Scarce Silver Y (Syngrapha interrogationis), Hvasser, Vestfold 09.08

Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea), Hvasser, Vestfold, 09.08

Small Phoenix (Ecliptopera silaceata), Hvasser, Vestfold, 09.08

søndag 1. desember 2013

Butterflies 2013

Some of the butterflies I was lucky to have close encounters with this summer.

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) Sleneset, Nordland 30.06

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) Sleneset, Nordland 30.06

Large Emerald (Geometra papilionaria), Elverum, Hedmark 24.07

Portrait of Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma),
Hvasser, Vestfold 29.07.

Despite the resemblance of wasps, the clearwings are actually moths.
Raspberry Clearwing (Pennisetia hylaeiformis), Hvasser, Vestfold 31.07.

Silver Y (Autographa gamma), Hvasser , Vestfold 06.08.
Thousands of this moth was swarming in the first week of August.

Grayling (Hipparchia semele), Hvasser, Vestfold 06.08.

Brown Hairstreak (Thecla betulae), Hvasser, Vestfold 13.08.
This beauty is declining and red-listed in Norway.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Hvasser, Vestfold 13.08.  This large and
beautiful migratory butterfly showed up in good numbers in Norway
this summer.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), another migratory guest that showed up
in late summer. Henningsvær, Nordland 01.09