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lyskonoh úzkozobý, samice / Red-necked Phalarope, female (Phalaropus lobatus)

lyskonoh úzkozobý, samice / Red-necked Phalarope, female (Phalaropus lobatus)

lyskonoh úzkozobý, samice / Red-necked Phalarope, female (Phalaropus lobatus)

lyskonoh úzkozobý, samice / Red-necked Phalarope, female (Phalaropus lobatus)

lyskonoh úzkozobý, samice / Red-necked Phalarope, female (Phalaropus lobatus)

lyskonoh úzkozobý, samice / Red-necked Phalarope, female (Phalaropus lobatus)

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Sunday, 11 March 2012 23:54

thumbFew tips on bird photography in Norway

The new season is slowly starting and it is time to plan on some interesting birding trip. With the increasing number of e-mails asking me about bird photography in Norway I decided to provide a few tips on where to get good information about birding spots. I will stick to a general rule and will not reveal exact locations or GPS coordinates of some sites – in order to keep them quiet and as human-free as possible. The true wildlife enthusiasts will be able to discover these sites anyway. Internet is full of information nowadays…

Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2012 10:43
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Monday, 12 December 2011 23:37

1D3_5350PS Red-necked Phalarope – arctic swimmer

Besides Great Snipe (Gallinago media), one of the birds I was looking for during our summer trip to Mid-Norway was the beautiful little wader Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus). While the popular leks of Great Snipe are located in mountains in Levanger area close to Trondeimsfjord, some of the good spots for watching Phalaropes is the Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park south of Oppdal...

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 20:44
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Sunday, 04 December 2011 00:31

thumb Krakow collectors

I took only some basic photo stuff with me when I went to a business trip to polish Krakow last year November. I had no chance to go out from the city but fortunately the hotel I was staying at was located right next to the Visla river. Thus I took at least the 200mm lens when I made a few afternoon walks along the riverbank in an attempt to capture some of the city bird inhabitants. Mostly these were Ducks and Gulls but there was also a number of Rooks and Jackdaws - the "collectors" that were gathering in small groups around litter bins in city parks...

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 December 2011 01:33
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Friday, 18 November 2011 15:46

thumb Bird feeder

It is already 4 years since I did my first but also last bird photography at the feeder - it was at home in Czech Republic at the end of 2007. Since then I was dreaming of spending winter times at the feeder photographing small birds. The reality was that since then we have been living in flats with little chance to build a feeder nearby. it all has changed this summer when we moved to a small house in the middle of nature south of Bergen - here I finaly could build a bird feeder right on the house backyard...

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 17:24
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Monday, 07 November 2011 22:01

thumb Northern Lights - heavenly mirage

So long I have been waiting for this moment and almost missed that! It was our little daughter's cry that woke us up in the middle of the night - I could not believe what I saw when I looked out from out roof window - the sky was dancing with dull light as if the warm air waves above the hot surface of desert. I watch the Aurora forecast every day but no one can actually predict the real intensity and extent of Northern Lights at given latitude...

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2011 11:18
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Tuesday, 25 October 2011 06:54

thumb Great Snipe in Mid Norway

This was really long break! June holiday in Norway, moving to a new place, summer spent home in Czech working on the house reconstruction and then back again to Norway at the end of September after parental leave. A lot was happening in last months but none of it had anything to do with birding and wildlife photography. The only „birding“ experience was the Kingfisher that came to our garden pond to look for some catch...

Last Updated on Friday, 04 November 2011 08:17
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Thursday, 30 June 2011 22:55

thumb Birds of Mid-Norway in June

It is almost two months since my last update on the website – what I have been doing since then? It was hectic time finishing some stuff at work before leaving for my fathers leave which counts 10 full weeks here in Norway. This extra holiday I planned already at the beginning of the year and of course the plan was to go to do some birding here in Norway. On the other hand, lately Im still more and more thinking of whether spending all my time birding and updating web is the way to go – you know, when hobby becomes more serious job then the joy may disappear...

Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2011 08:48
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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 22:34

thumb Snow Bunting on snow, Rock Ptarmigan and a little confusion

When I think of how many kilometres I have walked and climbed during last three weeks, i have a feeling I’m more of a tourist than a wildlife photographer. My very last trip of Easter time led me up to the top of the Gullfjell Mountains in Bergen area. Yes, it is the same area where I photographed Golden Plovers last summer. This time I decided to visit for the first time the very top of the mountains called Gullfjelltoppen – it is supposed to be a good place for spotting Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus)...

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2011 13:24
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Tuesday, 12 April 2011 21:15

thumb First encounter with Black Grouse

When I admired the pictures of Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) on the internet last year, I had no clue this bird was rather common bird in the Bergen area where I live in Norway. The very first sight of the Black Grouse at Sotra island last winter and the stories I have heard from some locals made me to look more into literature and internet sources to find a few potentially good places for photography around. Surprisingly already the very first trip to one of the places brought quite good results...

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 April 2011 13:41
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Wednesday, 06 April 2011 11:01

thumb100. Jubilee - White-backed Woodpecker

The last time I updated the list of photographed birds from Europe in September 2010 I counted 99 species. With great expectations I was looking forward to see what would be the hundredth species that I will take a photo of. At that time I had no clue that it would take more than 6 months until I would be able to update the list with the jubilee 100th bird...

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 April 2011 07:22
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Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:53

thumbTracking the winter Ptarmigans

Every experienced photographer and birder knows, that the best moments are those when you observe certain species in a place that has not been shown to you – photographing birds from commercial hide is option for many but it cannot really satisfy genuine naturalist. Finding such a place in the nature requires that hours and hours are spend strolling around in the new terrain, often without any photo taken and sometimes it is worth checking the place without heavy camera, just with the binoculars in your hands...

Last Updated on Friday, 25 February 2011 09:20
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Sunday, 20 February 2011 21:43

thumbBirds of Namibia 3/3

The last time we ended up close to Orupembe watching the beautiful Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters on the way back from the Angolan borders. The other day we continued south and spent the night in the Purros campsite – yes, the same Purros that we had passed through some 10 days earlier on the way towards Skeleton Coast park. As I already mentioned before, the campsites were the best places to watch birds – not only they accumulate birds from the neighbourhood, the birds are also quite tame being used to people presence...

Last Updated on Monday, 21 February 2011 08:40
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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 23:12

thumbWinter goes on

This year alike the last year the cold rules the winter in Bergen, Norway. In spite of a common thought of Europeans from south, this part of Norway usually experience only a few days of snow and cold spells during winter time, the last winters seem to be rather exceptional in this respect. Just to confirm this, the snow was falling again over last two days although we already expected spring to come…

Last Updated on Friday, 18 February 2011 08:15
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Friday, 28 January 2011 00:15

thumb Birds of Namibia 2/3

Last time I ended the first episode of the series about birds of Namibia in Hoarusib valley near Purros with a bunch of birds gathering around the river. The same day we left the fresh valley and turned into the hot arid planes towards the Skeleton Coast Park...

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 February 2011 22:21
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Monday, 17 January 2011 00:38

thumb Birds of Namibia 1/3

As always when visiting brand new places, I was curious what birds will appear in front of my camera during the trip to Nambiia. I had certain ideas and strange dreams before we left to south but the reality was, as usually, completely different from what I had expected. Knowing that Africa is the hot spot for every wildlife photographer but having in mind that our geological field trip was scheduled to miss all famous parks of Namibia I was getting into the plane with reasonable pessimism at the end of September 2010...

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 January 2011 08:29
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