May 18, 2019

Common Cuckoo [gök]

The one you rarely see but hear – a lot, if you're lucky – this time of year. Today, several males accompanied our walk on Sandö, Smögen, with their distinct goo-ko. And suddenly, one of them sat in the shrubs next to the trail, long enough for me to get a picture. May 18, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 400, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 400, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.

Northern Wheatear [stenskvätta]

The wheatears were very busy today, keeping us at safe distance from their nests. Sandö, Smögen, on May 18, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 400, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/9, 1/400. 

May 12, 2019

Osprey [fiskgjuse]

Visiting one our our favorite places for birdwatching in May. This is one of the best places I know to watch the ospreys fishing. Fruängen, Dättern nature reserve, on May 11, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/9, 1/400. 

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400. 

Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/9, 1/400. 

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/800. 

White-tailed Eagle [havsörn]

We were lucky enough to see at least two different white-tailed eagles, patrolling the area and scaring the geese and mallards. Fruängen, Dättern nature reserve, on May 11, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/800. 

Greylag Goose [grågås]

Guess what made the greylags take to their wings? Fruängen, Dättern nature reserve, on May 11, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/1000. 

Common Crane [trana]

Two of way too many cranes in the marsh area. Cranes are magnificent birds, but they prey on lapwings and other birds, and can cause a local population to crash. Fruängen, Dättern nature reserve, on May 11, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400. 

Grey Heron [gråhäger]

This must be a paradise for herons. Fruängen, Dättern nature reserve, on May 11, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/9, 1/400. 

Great Spotted Woodpecker [större hackspett]

Visiting one our our favorite places for birdwatching in May. Several woodpeckers in the woods. Fruängen, Dättern nature reserve, on May 11, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 800, 300mm, f/9, 1/250. 

April 22, 2019

Black-Throated Loon [storlom]

Today, there were no chance of missing them – we heard them long before we were even close to the lake. "Our" black-throated loons are back from their winter quarters. At least three of them on the lake this year (a fourth perhaps already on eggs?), which caused some rivalry. Herrestadsfjället, Uddevalla, on April 22, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1(800. 


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/800. 


Pentax K50, ISO 400, 300mm, f/9, 1/400. 

April 07, 2019

Red-necked Grebe [gråhakedopping]

From our field trip to Lake Hornborga: red-necked grebes – some very fond of each, others not. I've seen this grebe once before, but these are my first pictures of this beautiful bird. Hornborgasjöns utlopp, on April 6, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.

Great Crested Grebe [skäggdopping]

From our field trip to Lake Hornborga: great crested grebe. Hornborgasjöns utlopp, on April 6, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400. 

Common Crane [trana]

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/500.


From our field trip to Lake Hornborga: cranes. And even more cranes. This day they counted more than 27,000 cranes at the lake. Trandansen, Hornborgasjön, on April 6, 2019.


Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 135mm, f/9, 1/250.





Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.

And one rarity – one of the cranes with brightly colored rings on its legs. These are used so that researchers can trace their migration, 


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.

Whooper Swan [sångsvan]



From our field trip to Lake Hornborga: although it's all about the cranes this time of year, it's also a good place to see lots – and I do mean lots – of whooper swans, taking a short break on their way north. Trandansen, Hornborgasjön, on April 6, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/640.


Pentax K50, ISO200, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.

Greylag Goose [grågås]



From our field trip to Lake Hornborga: greylags making sure there will be new greylags. Naturum Hornborga, Broddetorp, on April 6, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 400, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/500.

Eurasian Coot [sothöna]

From our field trip to Lake Hornborga: the cute coot. Naturum Hornborga, Broddetorp, on April 6, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 400, 300mm, f/9, 1/400. 


Euarasian Teal [kricka]

From our field trip to Lake Hornborga: these are the first teals on this blog. I love their colors! Naturum Hornborga, Broddetorp, on April 6, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.





Black-Headed Gull [skrattmås]

From our field trip to Lake Hornborga, and actually the very first shot this day: a black-headed gull. Naturum Hornborga, Broddetorp, on April 6, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/640.

Pied Wagtail [sädesärla]

She's back! Naturum Hornborgasjön, Broddetorp, on April 6, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/500.

April 05, 2019

Eurasian Woodcock [morkulla]

There's only one line I can use here, isn't there: "Now, this is what I call a dead woodcock!" This one was waiting for me right in front of the entrance to the office this morning. Annedal, Gothenburg, on April 5, 2019.

Iphone SE, f/2,2, 1/50.

March 28, 2019

Eurasian Oystercatcher [strandskata]

My favorites the oystercatchers, and plenty of them! Mollön nature reserve, Uddevalla, on March 28, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 150mm, f/9, 1/400.

Meadow Pipit [ängspiplärka]

It's getting warmer, and the meadow pipits have started to sing! Mollön nature reserve, Uddevalla, on March 28, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.

Common Eider [ejder]

When I were a kid, the eiders gathered in thousands this time of year. Today … well, let's say they were easy to count. It's such a beautiful bird! Mollön nature reserve, Uddevalla, on March 28, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/500.

March 22, 2019

Eurasian Oystercatcher [strandskata]

My absolute favorite is back! Pics from A. Mollön nature reserve, Uddevalla, on March 22, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.


Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.

Common Starling [stare]

We don't often get to see starling murmurations here, and this isn't even close. But for me, this is one of the best signs of spring there is: they have returned! Mollön nature reserve, Uddevalla, on March 22, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/800.

March 16, 2019

Mute Swan [knölsvan]

Spring is here, and so is courting season. Sunds marine biodiversity reserve, Uddevalla, on March 16, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 100, 300mm, f/9, 1/640.

February 27, 2019

Great Spotted Woodpecker [större hackspett]

The woodpecker has found a clever way to feed himself, hasn't he? And I guess he feels safe behind bars, and that's why he let me come relatively close for once. Hedegärde, Uddevalla, on February 27, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO800, 300mm, f/9, 1/80.

February 20, 2019

Rock Pipit [skärpiplärka]

This time of year, it's the rock pipits that make us take the trip to the coast line. Haby bukt, Ramsvikslandet, on February 20, 2019.

Pentax K50, ISO 200, 300mm, f/9, 1/400.