torsdag 16. oktober 2014

AUTUMN EAGLES IN FLATANGER


D4, 400 2,8, f/3,5, 1/2000, ISO 1250

Ørn, gode venner og italiensk rødvin : en uslåelig combo !! 
 Takk til Wenche Anita Dahle, Minna Lindroth, Ingebjørg Une Hagen, Knut Sverre Horn, 
Markus Varesvuo, Arnfinn Johansen & Eagleman for en VELDIG hyggelig opplevelse.

 Over the years I`ve had the pleasure to visit Ole Martin Dahle & Norway Nature MANY times, and even though we constantly see many pictures of white-tailed eagles in Norway, I never get enough of that place !! This time we had 3 full days with teeming eagle experiences, we had innumerable dives out there and Ole Martin no doubt performs the best white-tailed eagle guiding in the world !!

Check : www.norway-nature.com 


In late evening light 
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"The classic splash"
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The "classic splash" from behind
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Air battle
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The sunset was incredible !! I did NOT pull the color handles on this picture !
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Whitetailed eagle & moon (don`t click to enlarge !!) 
Shot handheld with the 600 … from the boat …. in choppy sea !
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Herring gull & moon (gråmåke)
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Cormorant / storskarv
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Cormorant / storskarv
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October black grouse (orrhane) lekking on the sea-shore. Picture shot from boat !!
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In the Flatanger forest all big boys want a beard like Eagleman !!
(photo : Ingebjørg Une Hagen)


Ghost from the Underworld ?? Alice in Wonderland !? 
These one-celled zombies have adapted the physical shape of me & Eagleman !! Scary stuff !!
(photo : Ingebjørg Une Hagen)

mandag 13. oktober 2014

VILLREIN I BRUNST / WILD REINDEER IN RUT


D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 800 

Med riktig vindretning hadde jeg krøpet og ålt noen 100 m ... på magen gjennom myr og kratt, noen ganger så lavt at jeg måtte trykke ansiktet ned i myra, og lå nå på en tørr rabbe og observerte den lille reinsdyrflokken på ca 50 dyr på respektfull avstand. Det var midt i brunsten og de største bukkene vekslet mellom å sloss seg imellom, jage bort yngre jyplinger og å utøve utilbørlig sexpress på alt som kunne krype og gå av damer. Ikke engang de yngste tenåringsjentene ... som såvidt hadde utviklet ... horn (!) ... fikk gå fri. Noen ganger endte tilnærmingene i reinspikka voldtekt !! Stygge saker ! Flere ganger så jeg simlene komme akutt haltende ut av disse basketakene. Mens jeg lå der i dype tanker og utviklet en stadig stigende "simle-solidaritet" hørte jeg plutselig raske og høylydte tramp i bakken bak meg. Jeg kastet et instinktivt blikk bakover og så to reinsdyr komme stormende mot meg i vill fart. Foran en skrekkslagen simle og bak jagende en diger bukk med vilt blikk, vrengt overleppe og pikken daskende hit og dit i vierkrattet. Jeg hadde aldri trodd at jeg skulle bli redd for et reinsdyr, men nå gikk alarmen. Jeg rakk såvidt å gi fra meg et lite feminint "piv - piv" og vifte kokett med leggene der jeg lå på magen i lyngen .... før "toget dundret forbi perrongen" så søla skvatt på bare 1,5 m avstand ! .... som et løpsk damplokomotiv på full steam ... med rabies !!!

English to my foreign friends : First of all : These are NOT the habituaded or even domesticated kind of reindeer frequently used by Stanta Claus & the lappish people of the northern hemisphere, these are wild reindeer and a part of the only remaining populations in the Nordic countries found in the high alpine region of southern Norway. The fact that they are very shy and have an extremely good sense of smelling ... in combination with the open alpine landscape, make them a difficult photo object. Believe me : I had to work hard for these shots. Pictures are shot in last part of Sept in Forollhogna NP. Thanks to Arnfin Johansen for great company and to Danny Dale Cothren for local knowledge and good advice (Danny is offering guiding on reindeer in Forollhogna : +47 930 37 559 / dannys-tresmie@kvikne.no). Also thanks to Per Gunnar Voll for his helpful attitude !


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Two males fighting over a female 
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A big male chasing av younger "dude"
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Two males fighting ... both with "hard ons" !! Hormons is a powerful stuff !!
D4, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv = 850 mm, f/7,1, 1/1000, ISO 1250 


D4, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv = 850 mm, f/7,1, 1/1000, ISO 1000


D4, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv = 850 mm, f/7,1, 1/1000, ISO 800


D4, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv = 850 mm, f/7,1, 1/1000, ISO 800


D4, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv = 850 mm, f/5,0,1/800, ISO 1600 


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An old warrior !!
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Portrait of a female
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Portrait of a female
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Siesta
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D4, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv = 850 mm, f/7,1, 1/1600, ISO 500


D4, 600 4,0 + 1,4 conv = 850 mm, f/7,1, 1/1250, ISO 900


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D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 3200

tirsdag 9. september 2014

ARIZONA EXTRAS


Moth / nattsvermer
D4, 200 4,0, f/11,0, 1/640, ISO 1250

OK, I`ve already presented my Arizona rattlesnakes, … so here is a little taste of :
…. anything BUT rattlers !!
Hope you like it … and honestly : I miss the desert !!!

Ta en kikk på detaljen av svermervingen. Er det ikke fantstisk at alt dette, alle disse detaljene, alle disse sammensetningene av mønstre og farger …. bygd opp av bittesmå regulære skjell … som en komplisert glassmosaikk … ligger latent i både egg, larve og puppe og at denne omfattende "montasjen" popper ut av seg selv … til et komplekst og strengt forutsigbart mønster … uten at svermeren selv behøver å ofre det en tanke ?

Naturen fascinerer !!! 


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Gila monster !! Yes, the official english name is Gila Monster !! A big lizard up to 35 cm, venomous and extremely rare. Highly protected throughout it`s entire range in the US & Mexico, … and if you are lucky to find one : you`re not even allowed to handle it.


The Gila Monster can live to be 25 years old
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Gila Monster
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The Gila Monster feeds on bird & reptile eggs, nestling birds & mammals, lizards & carrion. 
Check those claws !! 


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The Green Toad is a tiny small toad that grows up to a max size of 5 cm. It`s a secretive burrower and spends most of it`s life underground. In short wet periods it comes out of the ground at night … .
to reproduce.


D4, 200 4,0 micro, f/8,0, 1/250, ISO 450
Sonoran Desert Toad … DESERT toad ??? It doesn`t sound right does it ?? A toad in the desert ??  Anyway, the largest toad in the US that grows up to approx 20 cm. 


D4, 200 4,0 micro, f/8,0, 1/250, ISO 900
Sonoran Desert Toad …. a big piece go meat !! The skin exudes toxic secretion that, if digested, can cause hallucinations, paralysis or death to dogs & other predator animals ! 


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A male Tarantula (tarantell) … on the constant move to find a female for mating. The spider has it`s eye (congregation of eyes) on top of the head … like a periscope on a submarine. Looks funny, can be seen on the picture. 


D4, 200 4,0 micro, f/10,0, 1/640, ISO 4500
A female scorpion with her newborn 


D4, 200 4,0 micro, f/7,1, 1/125, ISO 560
The small Western Banded Gecko is a character animal in the desert


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Western Banded Gecko


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Desert Tortoise : rare & protected !!


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Gopher snake, a non poisonous constrictor, is the largest snake in Arizona that grows up to 2,4 m !!


D4, 200 4,0 micro, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 1400
Gopher snake


D4, 200 4,0 micro, f/7,1, 1/640, ISO 280
Sonoran Whip Snake : A long & slender snake, up to 1,8 m size, alert & extremely fast moving !


D4, 200 4,0 micro, f/7,1, 1/640, ISO 320
The Sonoran Whip Snake is an impressive predator that feeds on a broad variety of prey : snakes, lizards, rodents, birds ! This one is only angry !!!


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For snake enthusists : The Longnosed Snake


Hot !!!!


Sonoran Desert Scrub


Saguaro Cactus