Just another blog on bird photography

Welcome! On this blog I will continously be sharing pictures from my excursions and trips. Mostly, you will find images of birds, but even sceneries surrounding the animals and general photography will appear on these pages.
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Zansibar–Part 2: Birds and other animals

Although not on a birding trip, I could not resist to sneak out of our cottage one early morning. The early hours and a quite strong wind gave the scenery  a magic touch and on top of that there actually were quite a few nice birds looking for food in the shallow lagoon. I must have appeared as very honest and credible to them, since they allowed me to come quite close – typical of a true paradise!

A Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis) follows the tide, looking for small fish and other culinarities.DSC_8578-1

These beautiful birds, typical of the east african coast, come in two different colormorphs, one black and one white. DSC_8607-1DSC_8642-1

Not surprising, given the time of the year, a migrant from Northern Europe, the Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata). During the European summer this birds with it’s amazing bill is quite common in Sweden. A few images of this bird, captured at Vomb’s ängar,  can be found here.DSC_8581-1-2

Back on the beach I saw this nice little lizzard, as I hear a Yellow headed dwarf gecko(Lygodactylus luteopicturatus). And indeed, it was not a very large animal.DSC_8471-1

But even under the surface of the lagoons, the wildlife on Zansibar is amazing. Snorkelling is an excellent way of exploring the rich reefs that surround the island. Beautifully colored coralls make up these amazing underwater gardens that are inhabited by a alrge number of different animals.

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This little guy was just about 10-15 cm long, but showed a fascinating curiosity, hovering in front of my face in several seconds. A quick search on the internet indicates that it might be a Bigfin Reef Squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana), often seen on coral reefs and seagrass beds. It is found throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific, from Hawaii to the Red Sea. Or it has a totally different name…

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And despite the abundance of food on the reef, bananas make some of the inhabitans forget their shyness. These hungry guys just could not resist…

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Zanzibar–Part 1: Beauty and a dark past

A few impressions from a recent trip to Zanzibar. An amazing island with stunning beauty and a dark history. Of course birds were not to be missed, but more on that later.

The first thing you think of when you hear Zanzibar. Amazing beaches, blue water and warm winds. Almost like paradise…DSC_8467-1

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A dhow at sunset

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Low tide under a not so blue sky

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Stonetown, the capital of the island has doors as one of the characteristic features. They can be modern style or pieces af art

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This one is a reminder of a past of whealth and cruelty: Tippu Tipp’s door, who’s wealth was build on trading slaves.

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Zanzibar is an fascinating blend of cultures and religions. The angilican cathedral and it’s neighbor, one of the large mosques in Stonetown.

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Another signum of Zanzibar: Spices!!!

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Wires and tubes

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School’s out!

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Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Not unusual on Vpmb’s Ängar during late summer and early fall. The Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) is a very special bird to me with it´s textured plummage and the long bill. DSC_7126-1

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Senses

One of the beautiful side effects of spotting birds: You experience amazing colours, smells and the silence of early morning. Even without birds flying around one can experience tranquility and deep joy.

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Grey Heron (Ardea cinera)

A collection of recent images of these impressing birds, mostly taken at Krankesjö. They are seen at this location during the whole year, sometimes in groups.DSC_7412-1-2

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Not so easy!

While stalking birds at Vomb’s ängar I saw a group of Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) over a pond. They were going for water insects and it was amazing to see how they picked up the insects from the water at high speed. I decided to try to get pictures of this…well, it was not an easy task. a few hundred shots later most were out of focus or missed the birds completely. But I actually got a few decent images.DSC_6718-1

Below a sequence of a succesful catch:

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Don’t mess with your neighbours!

Early summer is the prime breeding season in southern Sweden. No wonder everbody is somewhat touchy and irritable. And often the larger birds have to give way – or is it just patience with the little ones?

The first example: Black headed gull (Larus ridibundus) vs Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo).DSC_2860-1

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Not any better for this beautiful Red Glead (Milvus milvus) under attack by terns, the Common tern (Sterna hirundo) and the far more exciting Black tern (Chlidonia niger). Guess who won the battle…

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