søndag 6. juli 2014

HIGHLIGHTS (?) 2013

This "highlight-thing" may seem a little stupid …  but on the other hand : I`ve always been doing it and it gives me the possibility to take out "older" stuff and present it in a different context. Last January was however very busy and I never had the time to do the 2013 "highlights" by that time. 
So, what`s more natural than doing last year`s compilation it in mid summer 2014 …. when everybody is on holiday and and have little focus on posted blogs …. ??

The challenge is : Two pictures for every month through the year. 

JANUARY


Alligator. Shot in Everglades NP Florida. 
I had to be in the water, totally submerged with clothes on,  to shoot this picture. 


Dominant male hippo. Shot Masai Mara NP, Kenya
Like the alligator : I took a little bit of risk, laying flat in the mud through the whole morning , to get this low angle

FEBRUARY


Great grey owl (lappugle). Shot Kajaani region, Finland


Tawny owl in the doorway (kattugle). Shot Oslo region southern Norway

MARCH


Arctic hare. Shot Finmark, northern Norway
The picture was rewarded in NNPC int. contest


Arctic hare. Shot Finmark, northern Norway
The picture was rewarded in Oasis Int. contest

APRIL


Great Bustard (stortrappe). Shot mid-Spain.
I`ve tried this difficult specie before without success. This time I was lucky.


Lynx. Shot Møre region, western Norway
I always dreamt about doing a wild lynx, but as years passed by … I thought it may never happen.

MAY


Ural owl (slagugle). Shot Vaala region, Finland


Ruff (brushane). Shot Oulu region Finland

JUNE


Adders (huggorm). Shot Oslo region Norway
I put a lot of effort into adders last year. This is one of my favourites.


A beautiful male black adder. Shot Oslo region Norway

JULY


Male hawk owl (haukugle) in heavy rain. Shot Telemark region, Norway


The rare and beautiful Apollo butterfly. My first Apollo ever ! Shot Gotland Island, Sweden.

AUGUST


A young Kestrel (tårnfalk). Shot Telemark region Norway


Osprey (fiskeørn) & full moon. Shot Telemark region Norway
Picture was awarded in the NNPC contest

SEPTEMBER


Arctic fox (fjellrev). Shot Dovre mountain plateau Norway


Black adder with mouse prey. Shot Oslo region Norway.
As I said previously : I put A LOT of effort into adders last year.

OCTOBER

I was ambitiously trying to do difficult stuff in October, but failed. 
My shots from October are unfortunately no good ! 


Red Deer (hjort). Shot a rainy morning in Møre region, western Norway 


Common jay (nøtteskrike). Shot Telemark region Norway

NOVEMBER


Lammergeier (lammegribb). Shot Pyrenees, northern Spain
I`ve tried this specie before …. without success. This time I had "all times high" with the lammergeier.


Black vultures (munkegribb). Shot Pyrenees, northern Spain

DECEMBER


White tailed eagle in heavy snow. Shot Flatanger region, mid Norway


Golden eagle (kongeørn). Shot Flatanger region mid Norway

onsdag 25. juni 2014

HUNGARIAN EXTRAS


Sparrow hawk / spurvehauk
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/250, ISO 1800

I have never been this close to a sparrow hawk before, just 2 meters away. The light was trickling through holes in the leafy "forest roof" and a soft cone of golden summer light hit the head of the male sparrow hawk.   Magic moment !!!

This is the second (and last) post of shots from Hungary in May / June this year.
Hope you like `em !!!!


Sparrow hawk / spurvehauk
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/320, ISO 800


Sparrow hawk / spurvehauk
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/320, ISO 1000


Sparrow hawk / spurvehauk
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/100, ISO 640


Little owl / kirkeugle
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/400, ISO 3600


Little owl / kirkeugle
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/320, ISO 1250


Little owl / kirkeugle
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 1100


Little owl / kirkeugle
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 1100


Little owl / kirkeugle
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 18++


"Deep throat kiss" !!!
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 720


The true pleasure of good sex !!
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 2000


Summing up : How was it for you ?
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO 1400


Goshawk / hønsehauk
D4, 200-400 4,0, F74,0, 1/125, ISO 2800


Goshawk / hønsehauk
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/160, ISO 3600


Roller / blåråke
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4.0, 1/500, ISO 720


Roller / blåråke
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/320, ISO 640


Roller / blåråke
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/250, ISO 360 


Turtle dove flirt / turteldue flørt
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/200, ISO 1250


Turtle dove / turtel due
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/200, ISO 1250


Tree pipit / trepiplerke
200-400 4,0, f/8,0, 1/125, ISO 2500

I have a huge material from Hungary. These were 20 shots, ….. 
…. it could just as well have been 20 others !!

mandag 9. juni 2014

HUNGRY HUNGARIAN HERONS


Eurasian spoonbill / skjestork
D4, 600 0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 1800

Are anybody following blogs anymore ? I don`t really know why I keep doing this, but here comes : Hungry Hungarian Herons …. storks ! 
Pictures al shot in Kiskunsagi NP, Hungary in late May. 

Thanks to Bence Mate & Natur&Foto Magazine.

I dag skulle jeg altså i teatret ….. i TEATRET !!!! … stedet som alle som har vært der omtaler med henført andektig respekt. Stykket som er oppsatt denne dagen en en lokal oppsetning og heter "Hungry Hungarian Herons". Fasilitetene som den unge naturfotografen Bence Mate har bygget opp i våtmarkene i Kiskunsagi NP … med enkle midler og UTEN lån i banken … er rett og slett spektakulære !! "Teatret" er navnet på et av Bence`s skjul ute i sumpen der man ankommer i en trang underjordisk (undersjøisk !) kulvert og dukker opp bak enveisglass midt ute i våtmarkseventyret. Bence`s løsninger er gjennomtenkte og gjennomprøvde og opplevelsen er unik. 

Faren er selvsagt at man kommer hjem med "bilder som er tatt før", men er man heldig og fokusert (!) kan likevel få enestående opptak.

…. og for ordens skyld : hegrene er like sky her som hjemme !

Stay tuned, I got more Hungarian stuff coming up.


Spoonbill / Skjestork
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 800


White stork / stork
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/500, ISO 2200


Grey herons / gråhegrer
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/40, ISO 2000


Grey heron / gråhegre
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 1000


Grey heron / gråhegre 
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/100, ISO 2200, artificial lighting


Grey heron / gråhegre
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 450


Grey heron / gråhegre
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 800


Big size feet !! Grey heron
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 800


Great white egret / egretthegre
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/100, ISO 3600


Great white egret / egretthegre
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 900


Great white egret / egretthegre
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/500, ISO 1800, artificial lighting


Great white egret in heavy rain
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/100, ISO560, artificial lighting


Great white egret claws
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/125, ISO 640


Night heron / natthegre
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/1250, ISO 1100


Night heron / natthegre
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 1000


Night heron / natthegre
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 1600


Night heron portrait / natthegre
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/160, ISO 1400


Little egret / silkehegre
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/125, ISO 720


A rare encounter in central Europe these days : Black Stork / svartstork
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/160, ISO 2500


Squacco heron / topphegre
D4,200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/125, ISO 1000