fredag 22. juni 2018

CURLEWS, VEGA ISLAND, NORTHERN NORWAY


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I had the pleasure to spend a week at Vega island, Northern Norway, in early June this year. Vega is an island with incredible wildlife and also human cultural history ... with a World Heritage Status ! 
Since I happened to be there just after the curlew hatchings .... I quickly realised that my main photographic project this time would not be eider ducks or eagles ... but : 
Curlews (Numenius arquata). 

Since the newly hatched chickens are extremely vulnerable for flying predators like the bigger gulls, crows and ravens, all the pictures are shot with the highest level of ethical standards. All pics of birds on the ground and chicks are shot from the car which they easily accepted. I could spend hours watching them at close range. Great experience ! 

Hope you like them :-)    


Curlew ... very upset !! / storspove (I did not venture into the field, the picture shot from the road)
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 4500


Curlew flight / storspove
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 5000


Curlew / storspove
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1400


Curlew / storspove
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1800


Curlew / storspove
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1400


Curlew / storspove
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1400



Curlew closeup / storspove
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1250


Curlew with new etched chicken / storspove
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/640, ISO 900 


Curlew chicken / storspovekylling
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 1250


Curlew chicken / storspovekylling
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1800


Curlew chicken / storspovekylling
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 800


Protective greylag goose / grågås
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 1250


Redshank / rødstilk
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1400


Midnight rambler 1
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 2200


Midnight rambler 1
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 4500


Midnight rambler 3
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 3600


Hare
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 640


Hare
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 2200


Stranded fishing boat
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mandag 7. mai 2018

FLOATING HIDES WITH MRJANGEAR IN LATVIA


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena) in mating display
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 360, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.

In late April & early May this year I had the pleasure to be invited by MrJanGear to test floating hides in Latvian wetlands. The floating hides from MrJanGear (check www.mrjangear.com ) are basically constructed for walking the bottoms more than for swimming and consists of a lightweight inflatable tube construction with a fixed board for tripod head and a tented cover. The height of the cover may seem unnecessarily high, but when you need to cross very shallow waters walking on your knees you will understand why you sometimes need the hight. With a good plan for the day and a slow approach with lots of patience the hides performed very well with the birds, and in the end of the day as pack your gear and go home, the entire hide will fit into a medium sized softbag ! 

During 7 days I daily spent approx 5 hours in the water (making altogether 35 hours in the water), and with water temp`s between 5 and 10 degrees C you really need a good drysuit and lots of isolation.

Our photographic focus was primarily for rednecked grebes and migrating geese. 

Rednecked grebe : The beautiful "redneck" has a distinct eastern distribution, from the Baltic sea eastwards into deep Russia. The bird mostly stays in the thick reed and is not seen much in open waters, and hence : difficult to shoot. However with many attempts and lots of patience I got my shots.

Migrating geese : Every spring migrating geese come to rest in a small, shallow lake in the Orenisu Diki. It is said that there can be up to 60 000 geese resting on the lake at the same time. The migrating geese are mainly white fronted goose (tundragås) & bean goose (sædgås), and these species are extremely shy birds ! Normally you would not come closer than 500 m to them, and they will even avoid a moving floating hide with "considerable" margins. One day I hid with the hide at the edge of a reed island in the lake and sat still for 5 hours. It was an amazing experience to have theses super-shy birds close enough to shoot shoulder shots on them. I will never forget this situation !

Thanks to : MrJanGear & Jan Goddefroy for idea, invitation, gear and a great nature experience
Guesthouse "Stikani" & Ilze Vilskereste for indespenable support & super accommodation
Minna Lindroth, Markus Varesvuo, Tuomas Heinonen & Misjel deCleer for inspiration & great company,     


MrJanGear floating hide .... in action ... with Markus inside 


MrJanGear Floating Hide : inflatable floating tube with fixed board for tripod head and tented cover including balusters.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena) in display
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 800, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena) in mating display
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 720, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena) swimming in open water
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 800, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 500, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 1000, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena) closeup
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1100, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Rednecked grebe / Gråstrupedykker (Podiceps griseigena) in open water
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 800, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


As a whitetailed eagle comes flying by 10s of thousands of geese burst out in massive flight. 
These are whitefronted geese & bean geese / tundragås & sædgås
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/1250, ISO 3200, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Whitefronted goose / Tundragås (Anser albifrons)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 360, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Whitefronted goose / Tundragås (Anser albifrons)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/2000, ISO 3200, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Whitefronted goose / Tundragås (Anser albifrons)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/2000, ISO 2800, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Whitefronted goose / Tundragås (Anser albifrons)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/2000, ISO 2500, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Bean goose / Sædgås (Anser albifrons)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/2000, ISO 2800, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Whitefronted goose / Tundragås (Anser albifrons)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/11,0, 1/2000, ISO 2800, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Male marsh harrier / sivhauk (Circus aeruginosus)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 560, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Whooper swan / sangsvane (Cygnus cygnus)
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 500, MrJanGear floating hide, drysuit.


Flying geese & moon
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 28800


Flying geese & moon
Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 32000.

mandag 26. februar 2018

SPOTTED CATS IN MASAI MARA


Female leopard
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/160, ISO 3200

Masai Mara, Kenya, is "big cat heaven" ! 
All pictures are taken in Masai Mara Oct - Nov 2017 and reflects only leopards & cheetahs. Check my previous post on tomdyring.blogspot.com for lions (posted January 3rd). 
Thanks to Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp which offers the best photographic guiding I ever experienced.


Male leopard
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1600


Male leopard
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 2200


Male leopard
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/500, ISO 160


Male leopard
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 200


Sunset Cheetah
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/1250, ISO 125


Sunset Cheetah
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/5000, ISO 125


Cheetah 
D5, 400 2,8, f/4,5, 1/5000, ISO 800


Cheetah with impala kill
D5, 400 2,8, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 560


Cheetah 
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1250


Cheetah with Thompson calf
D5, 400 2,8, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO 250


Cheetah with Thompson calf
D5, 400 2,8, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO 220



Cheetah with Thompson calf
D5, 400 2,8, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO 250


Cheetah with Thompson calf
D5, 400 2,8, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO


Cheetah with Thompson calf
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 900


Cheetah with Thompson calf
D5, 600 4,0, f/8,0, 1/1250, ISO 1000