Monday, January 20, 2014

Øygarden 20 January 2014 - Almost calm with immediate results

Wind still easterly but rather less than the last few days. Verging on sunny at times.

A few of the approximately 65 Long-tailed Duck havelle present at Hjelme West

A nice morning out.

Used most of the available time at Hjelme West which produced some good birds - the highlight being two unseasonal Oystercatcher tjeld. Other sightings here included a Great Northern Diver islom on the sea, a few Turnstone steinvender still present among the usual Purple Sands fjæreplytt and the first Mealy Redpoll gråsisik of the year.

A drive-by at Tjeldstø was most productive - I stopped the car to check out a flock of Starlings stær and had a Red-throated Diver smålom and a male Bullfinch dompap fly over.

Juvenile Shag toppskarv

Shag toppskarv "snorkeling" - looking for prey before it dives

Adult Shag toppskarv with butterfish / ribbonfish

Back home at Nautnes a couple of Shag toppskarv were fishing in front of the house. Nothing unusual about that - but nice to photograph them without leaving the house.....

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