Northern Hawk-Owl invasion

The last two months there has been a lot of Northern Hawk-Owl observation in the southern parts of Norway. I have several times been out and spotted this Owl at a local forrest area. After three photography attempts I walked in to the area this weekend just to check if the owl still was there. The Owl was sitting in one of the highest threes in the area and flew down in an attempt to catch a mouse. After the attempt it landed in a three just meters from me.

Here are the results

Northern Hawk-Owl by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Northern Hawk-Owl by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Hopefully I will have time to get more shots of this amazing bird.

Mandarin duck in Norway

Went for a walk with the family today to a small area in Kristiansand that is called Ravnedalen. A Mandarin Duck had been spotted here lately and I hoped to catch a glimt of it. The area is a known local recreation area and they are feeding the birds. Around 25-30 mallards where residing in the pond along with two swans and the lonely Mandarin duck. This fellow is probably an escapee from a farmer since its not a local specie.

Mandarin Duck by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Mandarin duck spreading his wings

Mandarin Duck by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Swimming around waiting for food

Mallard by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Female mallard

Mallard by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Male mallard

Second time in a bird hide

When I visited the bird hide the first time I did not get to see the Sparrow Hawk. This is the first picture from the second visit. I had just mounted the camera and got a sip of my coffee when I heard the unmistakable sound of the Sparrow Hawk. It was still pretty dark so the picture is taken with ISO 12800.

Eurasian Sparrowhawk by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

and more results of the day in the hide

Eurasian jay / Nøtteskrike by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Eurasian magpie by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Eurasian jay / Nøtteskrike by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

 

First time in a bird hide

This weekend I spent Friday night to Saturday afternoon in a local Sparrow Hawk hide. Leiv Arne has used a lot of time and effort to create an amazing hide with lots of bird activity.

Unfortunately the Sparrow Hawk only scared the other birds away and disappeared again. Oh well better luck next time.

Here are some pictures of the Eurasian Jay and a Hawk Owl that we spotted.

If you are in the Vest-Agder area then you should definitely take the time to visit Leiv Arnes hide in Marnardalen. More information on his website.

Eurasian jay / Nøtteskrike by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Northern Hawk-Owl / Haukugle by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Eurasian jay / Nøtteskrike by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

 

Puss moth larva macro

My wife found this interesting larva crawling in our garden. Got some pictures of it and focus stacked them into these shots. Enjoy.

Puss moth larva by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Puss moth larva by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

More about the larva on Wikipedia