Friday, January 18, 2008

Hjelme Vest 18 January 2008

A Cormorant storskarv turned up whilst I was watching the otters
The Hooded Crow kråke actually managed to steal part of this fish! It pestered the otter constantly forcing it to move and expose the fish to the crow who used the opportunity to steal a beakful of fish.

A trip to Hjelme Vest was a wonderful experience, although nothing remarkable bird-wise. A Great Northern Diver islom, a Little Auk alkekonge and a Curlew storpsove were the best birds. Only 45 Long-tailed Duck havelle, a Velvet Scoter sjøorre and four Common Scoter svartand on the sea, along with at least four White-tailed Eagle havørn.

The highlight was a party of three otters fishing. A very bold crow seemed wary but not scared of the otters, in fact the otters tried to get away from the antagonistic bird. Things got worse when some gulls got in on the act, a Herring gull gråmåke also managed to steal a small fish from one of them and when a Great Black-backed Gull svartbak turned up I didn't see the otters again....

A small pod of pilot whales numbering three or four animals were seen in the same place.

Elsewhere I managed a surprise flock of five Bullfinch dompap - usually not easy to see this species in Øygarden.

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