Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Sture 02 October 2013 - Yet another new - they just keep coming!!

Strong southerly winds, largely clear.

A report of a probable Hawk Owl haukugle whilst I was sitting in a meeting at work meant that as soon as I got home there was some serious checking to do.

The legwork paid off big time and confirmed the first find for Øygarden - thank you Bjørnar!! With the massive invasion of Great-spotted Woodpeckers flaggspett, Two-barred Crossbills båndkorsnebb and other woodland species who knows what the next goodie will be....

Some record shots of this eminently photogenic and long-awaited species below:

Record shots of Øygarden first Hawk Owl haukugle

A flock of 26 Pinkfeet kortnebbgås over my garden at Tjeldstø would normally have been the find of the day but paled into insignificance beside the owl.

Part of a flock of Pinkfeet kortnebbgås flying over Tjeldstø

This roadside Snipe enkeltbekkasin gave nice photo opportunities whilst looking for the owl

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