fredag 12. juli 2019

ICELANDIC EXTRAS


Rednecked Phalarope / svømmesnipe, male bird
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 400. MrJanGear floating hide

In mid June 2019 I had the pleasure to go to Icelands remote north western corner with MrJanGear Equipment for Photographers to work with floating hides. Floating hides opens up a whole new world of photographic opportunities. In my previous post "Swimming with Red Throated Divers" I have given an honest review on the latest model of floating hide from MrJanGear and presented 20 pictures red throated divers shot from floating hide. This second post is "everything else than red throated divers". 

Floating hide : https://mrjangear.com 

A warm thank you to MrJanGear. Also thanks to Jan Goddefroy, Minna Lindroth, Markus Varesvuo, Boris Belchev, Raner Leifried and Phil Garcia for inspiration and great company.


Rednecked Phalarope / svømmesnipe, female bird
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 400. MrJanGear floating hide


Rednecked Phalarope / svømmesnipe and early morning mist
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/800, ISO 220. MrJanGear floating hide


Rednecked Phalarope / svømmesnipe & backlight
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1000, ISO 450. MrJanGear floating hide


Rednecked Phalarope / svømmesnipe shot directly into the reflecting sun in the water (no handels pulled !!)
D5, 600 5,0, f/5,0, 1/800, ISO 100. MrJanGear floating hide


Rednecked Phalarope / svømmesnipe in waves (female bird)
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/2500, ISO 800. MrJanGear floating hide


Rednecked Phalarope / svømmesnipe. Female bird wingstreching
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/2500, ISO 5000. MrJanGear floating hide


Rednecked Phalarope / svømmesnipe closeup. Male bird.
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 640. MrJanGear floating hide



Male eider duck / ærfugl
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 450, MrJanGear floating hide


Male eider ducks / ærfugl
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 280, MrJanGear floating hide.


Male eider duck beeing admired by 5 females
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 500, MrJanGear floating hide


Eider duck chick / ærfugl
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 2200, MrJanGearFloating hide


Common snipe / enkeltbekkasin
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/640, ISO 1100


Common snipe / enkeltbekkasin
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1000, MrJanGear floating hide


Blacktaled godwit / svarthalespove (Limosa limosa islandica)
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 900, MrJanGear floating hide


Blacktaled godwit / svarthalespove (Limosa limosa islandica)
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/640, ISO 1000


Redshank / rødstilk
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 800


Rock ptarmigan / fjellrype
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 450


Great northern diver / islom calling
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/10,0, 1/640, ISO 1600, MrJanGear floating hide


Great northern divers / islom
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/10,0, 1/640, ISO 1400, MrJanGear floating hide


Great northern diver touch down / islom
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6 1/800, ISO 1800


Great northern diver / islom
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/400, ISO 2200


Happy hour !!


North western coast
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onsdag 3. juli 2019

SWIMMING WITH RED THROATED DIVERS (SMÅLOM)


Red Throated Diver take-off
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/4,0, 1/3200, ISO 1400

Once again I've had the pleasure to to travel with MrJanGear Equipment for Photographers and test out the new version of their floating hide, Version II. This time I spent almost 50 hours in ice-cold Icelandic waters during an intensive week at Icelands north western corner. The new version of the floating hide offers improved features like : possibility to lower the camera even lower to the water, light weight and easy operation in use, light weight (5,3 kg) and super compact for travelling and also improved details on the tent cover. The combo works really great and has given me incredible nature experiences beeing "invisible" on Icelandic waters. 

Beeing so light it is however sensitive to waves (camera movement), so I recommend relatively flat water and also primarily walking the bottom compared with swimming. 

MrJanGear Floating hide : https://mrjangear.com 

Thanks to MrJanGear for idea & equipment !! Also thanks to Jan Goddefroy, Minna Lindroth, Markus Varesvuo, Boris Belchev, Rainer Leifried and Philippe Garcia for inspiration & great company !    

This post is only Red Throated Divers (Gavia stellata). Other stuff will follow !


MrJanGear Floating Hide version II : floating device with camera & lens and tent cover.
(the metal pieces in the background is NOT a part of the floating hide)
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Red Throated Diver take-off .... with blue Lupinus in the background
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/4,0, 1/2500, ISO 1100


Red Throated Diver take-off
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/4,0, 1/3200, ISO 1600


Red Throated Diver take-off
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 2000


Red Throated Diver flight
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 1800


Red Throated Diver touch down
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/5,6, 1/3200, ISO 3600


Feeding at mid night
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 1400


Red Throated Divers breed in small freshwater ponds and on Iceland they find their food in the sea. All feedings were Small Sandeel (småsil / Ammodytes tobianus). This fish species is extremely important for food-chains in the sea, ... for both fish & birds ... and man compete with them. 
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 900


Bringing Small Sandeel (småsil) for feeding
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/5,6, 1/3200, ISO 4500


Red Throated Diver chicks
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 2500


Red Throated Diver chick
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1000


Wingstrech
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/4,5, 1/1250, ISO 250


Wingstrech
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 500


Resting
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 1100


Composition with yellow flowers (Marigold / Bekkeblom)
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/5,0, 1/500, ISO 1600


Composition with yellow flowers (Marigold / Bekkeblom)
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/5,0, 1/500, ISO 1600


Yawning
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 3200


Calling in early morning mist
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 500


Wing flappings
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/5,60, 1/3200, ISO 2500


Wing flappings
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/5,6, 1/3200, ISO 3200


One of many close ups !
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 1600


Red Throated Diver & floating hide in action
Nikon D5, 600 mm 4,0, f/4,0, 1/320, ISO 2200


Transportation of floating hide out of the water
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fredag 7. juni 2019

GREEK SNAKES


Grass Snake (Natrix natrix persa, dark phase)
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 macro 2,8, f/7,1, 1/1000, ISO 1800

Europe has a great viraety of snakes, and in the eastern mediterranean counties you can find many interesting species. My friend biologist Pål Sørensen took me for 8 days of ambitious snake adventure to the north-western Greek mainland. Pål`s main focus was to find as many Smooth Snakes as possible for his ongoing research project on the species, but a nice side effect on searching for Smooth Snakes "24-7" .... is finding other species. 

For Snake Nerds, here is the species list :

Aesculapian Snake (Zamensis longissima) (1)
Balkan Whip Snake (Hierophis gemonensis) (many)
Dahl`s Whip Snake (Platyceps najadum) (quite a few)
Dice Snake (Natrix tessallata) (2)
Four-lined Snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata) (1)
Grass Snake (Natrix natrix persa) (4)
Greek Meadow Viper (Vipera graeca) (1)
Eastern Montpellier Snake (Mapolon insignias fuscus) (1)
Nosehorn Viper (Vipera ammodytes) (11)
Smooth Snake (Coronella austraica) (32)
Worm Snake (Typhlops vermicularis) (1)

A warm thank you to Pål Sørensen for a great experience and indispensable assistance in shooting situations. 

Hope you like he pictures ! 


Grass Snake (Natrix natrix persa, dark phase)
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 macro 2,8, f/7,1, 1/1000, ISO 1800


Grass Snake (Natrix natrix persa)
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 macro 2,8, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 450


Nosehorn Viper (Vipera ammodytes), male
Known to be the most venomous of all European snakes, causing many human fatalities in historic times before anti-venom technology was developed
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 macro 2,8, f/6,3, 1/250, ISO 280


Nosehorn Viper (Vipera ammodytes), male
Late May in Northern Greece offers a lot of blooming plants and the colourful lush gives special photographic opportunities.  
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 macro 2,8, f/6,3, 1/250, ISO 220


Greek Meadow Viper (Vipera graeca)
A small and rare viper-species inhabiting the high alpine region of some areas in the Greek north western mainland. Recently regarded be a separate species (Vipera graeca), earlier understood to be an subspecies of the Ursini Viper (Vipera ursinii graeca), ... and before that again : Vipera ursinii. 
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 macro 2,8, f/5,0, 1/400, ISO 180


High alpine habitat of the Greek Meadow Viper at almost 2000 m altitude
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Eastern Montpellier Snake (Mapolon insignitus fuscus). A big, solid and beautiful (!!) snake that can grow up to incredible 2,4 m (this one was about 1,5 m), harsh looking indeed ... with attitude and a lot of sharp teeth !! The species is venomous and backfanged, but however not dangerous for humans. Its been a long time dream of mine to find a snake like this !! Happy !!!
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 macro 2,8, f/18,0, 1/320, ISO 2200


Eastern Montpellier Snake (Mapolon insignitus fuscus) 
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 macro 2,8, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 560


Eastern Montpellier Snake (Mapolon insignitus fuscus) 
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 macro 2,8, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1400


Eastern Montpellier Snake (Mapolon insignitus fuscus) 
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 macro 2,8, f/6,3, 1/320, ISO 360


Eastern Montpellier Snake (Mapolon insignitus fuscus) 
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 macro 2,8, f/6,3, 1/640, ISO 640

Four-lined Snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata). Known to be the biggest of all European snakes and can grow up to incredible 2,6 m !! Like other rat snakes it prefers small mammal prey like rats and rabbits. Prey is often constricted.
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1000


Four-lined Snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata)
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1800


Aesculapian Snake (Zamensis longissima). Another great find for me !! A beautiful snake that can grow up to 2,0 m, diurnal and can be found climbing as well as on the ground. Food is basically small mammals like mice & squirrels, and the prey is often constricted. When approached in can defend itself with attitude ! 
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 2,8 macro, f/5,0, 1/400, ISO 1600


Aesculapian Snake (Zamensis longissima).
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 2,8 macro, f/5,0, 1/400, ISO 560


Aesculapian Snake (Zamensis longissima).
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 2,8 macro, f/5,0, 1/400, ISO 560


Aesculapian Snake (Zamensis longissima).
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 2,8 macro, f/7,1, 1/400, ISO 1800


Balkan Whip Snake (Hierophis gemonensis) 
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 2,8 macro, f/9,0, 1/400, ISO 900


Dahl`s Whip Snake (Platyceps najadum) 
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 2,8 macro, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 1100


Dice Snake (Natrix tessellata) 
Nikon D5, Sigma 180 2,8 macro, f/11,0, 1/320, ISO 2500


Worm Snake (Typhlops vermicularis) ... looking like an Earth Worm, but yes, ... it is a snake !! 
Nikon D5, Sigma 105 2,8 macro, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 200


Taking DNA samples from Smooth Snake (Coronella austraica)
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Biologist Pål Sørensen holding a big European Glass Lizard (Pseudupus apodous) .. a limbless lizard that can grow up to 1,5 m !
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