|Thursday, 30 June 2011 22:55|
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… So this also made my effort in publishing stuff here rather weak. Even now, after returning from the long 4-week birding trip Im still not sure how to deal with things so I will rather take it easy and spend less time here and more in the nature and with my family. I hope to find a new energy and passion for photography over some time again. To make things even more complicated we found out we needed to move out from our current flat. Fortunately we were so lucky to find a small wooden house in secluded place by the lake and woods which is, just by coincidence, one of my most favourite place for birding around here – just to mention Whooper Swans, Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers that regularly overwinter on that lake where the house is standing by! Also it is a good place to raise a bird feeder in winter – something I was missing here for few years while living in the city...
So after this a little personal introduction let me say something about our big June trip through Middle Norway. Travelling with half-year kid might be a nightmare but Im lucky we have calm baby and my tolerant wife gave me as much time for birding as I wanted during the trip. The first week of the journey we spent in Trondheimsfjorden area close to a city of Levanger which is famous for the lekking sites of Great Snipe (Gallinago media). I was lucky to find (with a little help of literature) one of the good leks and spent amazing four nights watching the spectacular lek of these beautiful birds – more will come later in a separate article.
Male Great Snipe (Gallinago media) on the lek, Levanger
Following was the drive towards the coast and two nights spent by the famous tourist attraction of Atlantic road close to Kristiansund. While this was expected to be the ebst part of our trip it was just the other way around – small pricy cabin with tourist-fishermen (slaughterers?) returning from the sea late in the evening and noisily gutting fishes under our cabin till late night. Photography-wise this stop was hopeless although just a few days sooner Kjetil Schjolberg (talented and skilled but very modest Norwegian photographer) took beautiful pictures of Dolphines there.
Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), Runde
It becomes a tradition for me to spend at least few days at Runde island close to Alesund every season – this time we took two days and it was rather enough for me. Runde is more a tourist attraction and those looking for real wild nature should explore different places in Norway – there is plenty of them! Spending my time at my favourite places at Runde fyr (old lighthouse) did not bring anything special besides few common species.
Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus), Runde
The two weeks in Oppdal area (Dovrefjell) had to be cut few days shorter because of the moving in Bergen but it was still fantastic birding although the season came early this year and I was maybe 2 weeks later than was the peak of birds. It was great holiday and the rest of it I spent fishing Trouts in Gjevilvatnet lake.
Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus), Orkelsjoen, Dovrefjell
The very last two days in Oppdal I made a little walks around our rented cabin in Oppdal (Gvevilvassdalen) and found out it might easily become a bird sanctuary given the number of nesting and singing birds – besides the elusive Ptarmigans there were a variety of waders, raptors, cuckoos, smaller and larger passerines including Bluethroat or Pied Flycatchers that had several nest very close to the house.
Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), Gvevilvassdalen, Oppdal
There will certainly be more detail on photography of arctic bird species of Dovrefjell area in the near future and I will reserve one article for Red-necked Phalarope – the beautiful small wader inhabitating higher elevations of Scandinavia and a bird that I was especially going for this year! have all nice summer time and stay tuned for next articles about amazing Norwegian nature.
Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica svecica), Vinstradalen, Dovrefjell
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