Photo course with Tom Schandy and Bård Næss

May 09, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Østensjøvannet near Oslo is a fantastic playground for practising bird photography skills. Today, I had signed up for a short course in bird photography with well-known Norwegian nature photographers Bård Næss and Tom Schandy (Natur & Foto, http://www.naturogfoto.no/). The light was less than ideal today, with heavy clouds above. Our big hope was...
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May! Finally!

May 01, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Yesterday I got some really bad shots of a common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) and the red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator) - the light was terrible and the birds were at a long distance. However, today it was a wonderful sunny day, and I was up early, so I headed off to see whether the birds were in the same place. I still couldn't do anything a...
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Eiders in spring

April 07, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
The lovely eider (Somateria molissima) is one of my favourite sea birds. In breeding plumage, the male is especially beautiful. These pictures were taken at Åkerøya, south Norway, with a hand-held 300 mm in a boat. The birds are very shy, and didn't let us come close, so the images are all heavily cropped. A male taking off Several males cour...
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Beauty of beginnings.

April 06, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Åkerøya in the south of Norway has a lovely summer flora, with species preferring a mild climate. It's still cold here, and spring is still around the corner, but you can see the beginning of the new floral year. Honeysuckle: Hazelnut (I think...) Buds of apple leaves and blossoms A wild rose A wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa) i...
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Flower season starts - no April fools.

April 01, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
The Small Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla pratensis) only grows a few places in Norway. At Hovedøya in the Oslo Fiord, just a five-minute ferry ride from the city centre, you can find this lovely flower growing almost on the bare rock. I have been looking forward to the start of the flower season for a long time, and although today was quite cold and it...
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