December 06, 2018

Western Jackdaw [kaja]

A particularly handsome jackdaw, thanks to its leucism. Annedal, Gothenburg, on December 3, 2018.
Iphone SE, ISO 25, 4.15 mm, f/2.2, 1/33. 

September 08, 2018

European Golden Plover [ljungpipare]

A new one for me! The golden plover breed way up north, but are now gathering in large flocks flying south. Haby bukt, Ramsvikslandets nature reserve, on September 8, 2018. 

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/13, 1/500.
Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/16, 1/1250.

August 03, 2018

Red Kite [rödglada]

What a nice surprise! I've seen red kites before, but never with a camera in hand and not too far away. So a first one for me on this photo blog! Hornborgasjön on August 2, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/16, 1/2000.



Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/18, 1/6000. 

House Sparrow [gråsparv]

As far as I can remember, these are house sparrows. Hornborgasjön on August 2, 2018. 

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/25, 1/6000.

Pied Wagtail [sädesärla]

I'm very fond of wagtails. Who isn't? Hornborgasjön on August 2, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/16, 1/600. 

Mallard [gräsand]

As we were nearby anyway, we decided to have a quick stop at Hornborgasjön even though it's not birdwatching season. Thanks to the heatwave and draught there is almost no water in the lake, which of course has affected the breeding. These mallards seem to be ok, though. Hornborgasjön on August 2, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/16, 1/3200. 

June 22, 2018

Spotted Flycatcher [grå flugsnappare]

This is a first for me – the spotted flycatcher. Älje-Porsen nature reserve, Uddevalla, on June 22, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.

Hawfinch [stenknäck]

While the rest of Sweden celebrate midsummer, I celebrate my first pics of the hawfinch. There were several visiting this feeding station in the woods. Älje-Porsen nature reserve, Uddevalla, on June 22, 2018.



Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/500.

Great Tit [talgoxe]

You have to take me on my word that these are great tits. Älje-Porsen nature reserve, Uddevalla, on June 22, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.

Great Spotted Woodpecker [större hackspett]

This great spotted woodpecker surely enjoys his peanuts. Älje-Porsen nature reserve, Uddevalla, on June 22, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 400, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.

June 03, 2018

Barn Swallow [ladusvala]

The barn swallow sat patiently on one of the shroud spreaders – until the moment I had focused … I like this pic, though. Stenungstorg, Stenungsund, on June 3, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/600.

May 21, 2018

Great Spotted Woodpecker [större hackspett]

A male great spotted woodpecker, searching for bugs. Älje-Porsen nature reserve, Uddevalla, on May 21, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 400, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.

May 12, 2018

Common Linnet [hämpling]

The common linnet is a wonderful singer! This one had placed himself on top of a juniper. Grönvik, Ödsmål, on May 11, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.

Mute Swan [knölsvan]

A young mute swan. Grönvik, Ödsmål, on May 11, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/640.

May 05, 2018

White-tailed Eagle [havsörn]

Two white-tailed eagles playing in the warm winds not too high up in the air. Dättern nature reserve, Vänersnäs, on May 5, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/800.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/800.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/800.

Western Marsh Harrier [brun kärrhök]

Hunting. The male western marsh harrier looks like no-one else. Dättern nature reserve, Vänersnäs, on May 5, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/500.

Northern Lapwing [tofsvipa]

Lapwings in the water, and lapwings in the air. Dättern nature reserve, Vänersnäs, on May 5, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/640.

Yellowhammer [gulsparv]

The yellowhammers are not as common as they used to be. Glad to meet several of them today. Dättern nature reserve, Vänersnäs, on May 5, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.

Red-backed Shrike [törnskata]

Perhaps not one of my best photos, but a first: the red-backed shrike. Dättern nature reserve, Vänersnäs, on May 5, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 260mm, f/5.6, 1/1000.

Common Chaffinch [bofink]

What would spring be like without the chaffinches song? Dättern nature reserve, Vänersnäs, on May 5, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.

Common Magpie [skata]

One of our neighbours, posing patiently in the rowan tree. Hedegärde, Uddevalla, on May 5, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.

April 29, 2018

Pied Wagtail [sädesärla]

He was furious at his "rival" – and it didn't matter that the mirrors were folded … Älje-Porsen nature reserve, Uddevalla, on April 29, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 400, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.

Great Spotted Woodpecker [större hackspett]

A jar ful of peanuts. What more can one ask for? If one's a woodpecker, that is. Älje-Porsen nature reserve, Uddevalla, on April 29, 2018,

Pentax K50, ISO 400, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400. 

April 25, 2018

Eurasian Oystercatcher [strandskata]

As most boats still are on land, my favourites the oystercatchers can rest on the jetty. Mollön nature reserve, Uddevalla, on April 25, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/16, 1/3200.

Common Eider [ejder]

A pair of eiders, quite close to the shore. Mollön nature reserve, Uddevalla, on April 25, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/14, 1/3200. 

Common Ringed Plover [större strandpipare]

For once, there were ringed plovers all over! Grosshamn, Ramsvikslandets nature reserve, on April 21, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 260mm, f/5.6, 1/500. 

April 18, 2018

Pied Wagtail [sädesärla]

The pied wagtails are back, so spring is finally here! Älje-Porsen nature reserve, Uddevalla, on April 18, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/8, 1/1250.

Common Crane [trana]

The pair of cranes at Älje-Porsen nature reserve, Uddevalla, has returned to their summer turf. April 18, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400.

April 08, 2018

European Blue Tit [blåmes]

Busy, busy, busy. The old oak is full of food – and nesting holes. Saltkällan, Munkedal, on April 8, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/400. 

Common Chaffinch [bofink]

The chaffinches have started singing. And what a song it is! Saltkällan, Munkedal, on April 8, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/500.



Eurasian Nuthatch [nötväcka

For once, a nuthatch in the woods and not at our feeding station. Saltkällan, Munkedal, on April 8, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 800, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/320.

Osprey [fiskgjuse]

One of the first this season, fishing. Saltkällan, Munkedal, on April 8, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/1600.

April 02, 2018

Whooper Swan [sångsvan]

It's migration time for the whooper swans. These ones are heading for the far north. Mollön nature reserve, Uddevalla, on April 2, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 77.5mm, f/11, 1/5000. 

Eurasian Oystercatcher [strandskata]

Apparently, three oystercatchers are one too many, and one were promptly asked to leave. Mollön nature reserve, Uddevalla, on April 2, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/5.8, 1/800. 

March 25, 2018

Common Starling [stare]

Look at the colours! I've actually never seen starlings here before. These must be migrating, taking a short break after crossing the sea. Haby bukt, Ramsvikslandet nature reserve, on March 25, 2018.

 Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/15, 1/2500.

 Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/16, 1/2000.

Rock Pipit [skärpiplärka]

It's almost perfectly camouflaged, the rock pipit, when it goes hunting for insects in the seaweed. Haby bukt, Ramsvikslandet nature reserve, on March 25, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/16, 1/600.

Common Shelduck [gravand]

A pair of shelducks courting each other. Haby bukt, Ramsvikslandet nature reserve, on March 25, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/13, 1/3200. 

Great Black-backed Gull [havstrut]

Our largest gull – the great black-backed. Haby bukt, Ramsvikslandet nature reserve, on March 25, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/16, 1/2500. 

European Herring Gull [gråtrut]

This time of year, they have the pier for themselves. The herring gull is our most common gull. Ramsvikslandet nature reserve, on March 25, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/16, 1/4000.

Eurasian Oystercatcher [strandskata]

My favourites are back! Ramsvikslandet nature reserve, on March 25, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/16, 1/5000.

Mute swan [knölsvan]

Finally spring, and time to get them feathers in order. Ramsvikslandet nature reserve, on March 25, 2018.

Pentax K50, ISO 3200, 300mm, f/20, 1/6000.