Monday, March 07, 2016

Skogsøy 06 March 2016 - A couple of hours out at last

Almost windless, lovely conditions as it has been the last several days.

Skived off work by getting up early and spent an hour seawatching. Although there was nothing really special it was a case of a little bit of everything - a decent(ish) bird, a new for the year, some migration and a half decent photo or two.

This bird is not far off being an adult.....

A lone Great Northern Diver islom headed south - this species has been very thin on the ground this year. New for the year for me was a Puffin lunde on the sea (but this was not the first of the year in Øygarden) and there was a noticeable movement of Shags toppskarv heading south - typical for the time of year for this "inverted" migrant that heads south in early spring and north in late autumn. A few White-tailed Eagles havørn provided some photographic opportunities.

A drive-by at Tjeldstø produced a flock of six Lapwing vipe

Northern Lights from point and pray camera

...and from my proper camera but with a lens that zooms too much (not normally a problem in day to day life!)

In the evening there was a pretty impressive display from the northern lights. I'll buy a landscape lens one of these days.....

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