mandag 30. mars 2015

WINTER HERONS & EXTRAS


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 500

I know it`s a silly thing to have "favorite birds", but if I had to state a favorite bird I think it would have been herons, and especially the European grey heron (Ardea cinerea). Why ? Hard to say actually, but I think it appeals so much to me because it is beautiful & grotesque at the same time, it is shy and (very) hard to approach, it inhabits exciting wetlands or is often perched in old, tortuous trees and it screams chilling noises into black, bewitching night waterscapes.

My respected wife however, claims to know that my fascination for herons is because I look like one myself (!!!). I never asked her face to face what she really means by this peculiar statement (… probably because I`m afraid to have an honest answer), but I do have this little, funny feeling that is has something to do with my "athletic looking legs" & my "slim looking" neck.

OK, it is what it is…. and herons are beautiful birds, aren`t they ??

The pictures are shot around Lake Csaj, Hungary, in January. Hope you like `em !!  


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/160, ISO 800


Grey herons (gråhegre) in late evening light
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,5, 1/160, ISO 900


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/160, ISO 640


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/500, ISO 560 


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,5, 1/800, ISO 1400


Grey herons fighting (gråhegre)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,5, 1/1600, ISO 1100


Grey heron chasing egret heron
D4, 70-200 2,8, F/2,8, 1/1600, ISO 720


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/250, ISO 800


Grey heron (gråhegre)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/200, ISO 4500


Grey heron (gråhegre)
 D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/200, ISO 2000


Cormorant (storskarv)
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 3600


Cormorant (storskarv)
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 2500


Cormorant with catfish (storskarv med malle)
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/640, ISO 7200


Cormorants (storskarv)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 5600


Cormorant (storskarv)
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/125, ISO 1400 


My first shot ever on Pygmy cormorant (dvergskarv)
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/250, ISO 1100


European kingfisher (isfugl)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 1800


European kingfisher (isfugl)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,0, 1/125, ISO 1250


Juvenile whitetailed eagle … and magpies
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/250, ISO 1800


Juvenile whitetailed eagle
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/200, ISO 2000

søndag 8. mars 2015

"NIGHT HERONS" / "NATTHEGRER"


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/20, ISO 3200

No, these are NOT night herons, these are GREY HERONS, but the pictures are all shot at night time …. on feeding & sleeping Hungarian herons. The pictures come with extensive use of artificial lighting, cold light as backlight & warmer & softer light up front, and some of the situations also benefit from the heaviest rain ever recorded in the last Hungarian decade (!). I wanted to post a couple of these "night herons" together with other stuff from Hungary, …. but in the end I could not choose between them, 
so these are all exclusively : night shots.
Hope you like them. 

The other stuff will hopefully come later.

Thanks to Bence Matè for help, inspiration & great company during 7 days & 7 nights of intense photographic work.


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/20, ISO 2500 


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/6, ISO 3200 


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/5, ISO 1800


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/25, ISO 1000 


Grey heron catching a flopping fish
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/13, ISO 6400




D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/25, ISO 1250


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/25, ISO 5000 


D4, 70-200 2,8, f/2,8, 1/25, ISO 4500


D4, 70-200 2,8, f/2,8, 1/60, ISO 320


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/20, ISO 400


D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/30, ISO 900


Grey heron holding a flopping fish
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/15, ISO 1800


Two grey herons & one white egret …. sleeping the night off.
D4, 70-200 2,8, f/2,8, 1/25, ISO 1000


Early morning situation with a mix of warm artificial lighting & cold natural light.
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/160, ISO 4000

mandag 2. februar 2015

BLACK SKIMMERS & ROYAL TERNS ON MIAMI BEACH


Royal tern in winter plumage, a big tern almost at the size of a herring gull (gråmåke), a pure beauty !! 
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1400

Jeg har flere ganger tidligere "streifet rundt" på Floridas sydvestkyst på jakt etter Black skimmers & Royal terns, men aldri hatt noen sukses med disse artene. Ved denne anledningen (januar 2015) bodde jeg i Miami og "jentene mine" ville shoppe ved Miami Beach. MB er som de fleste vil vite både en bydel i down town Miami (øy) og en berømt sandstrand. Hverken shopping eller sandstrender egentlig mitt "kjerneområde", men som den gode familiemannen jeg er (!!!) stilte jeg, om enn noe motvillig, opp på denne krevende øvelsen. Mitt beskjedne motkrav var kun at vi skulle starte dagen på en fortausestaurant med en stor øl, slik at jeg fikk kontroll på nervene. Etter denne lettere bedøvende starten ville damene starte med et "frisk bad" på stranda. Sand er noe av et mest innpåslitne jeg kan tenke meg, men jeg dilta altså litt sløvt etter …. og hva skuer mitt øye der nede blant sanddynene … mellom homoerotiske trendnisser, oppblåste muskelbyggere, innpakka islamske damer som tar`helt ut og stikker et par nakne føtter i vannet, joggere med pulsklokker, ørepropper og veldig kort steglengde, meditasjonsgrupper og yogaguruer, noen svenske turister med lyst hår, stripete skjorter og ryggsekk, latinske ungdommer med nystrøkne capser, hvite Nike sko og flere kg gull rundt halsen, sigarrøykene cubanske bestemødre, bikini-babes med oppblåste hyller (også noen uten oppblåste hyller forresten), sykelig overvektige, politimenn med gønnere og gæssebukser som er altfor høye på livet og en og anner fyllik ? Jo, med 100 m mellomrom sitter små grupper av … nettopp : 

Black skimmers & Royal Terns !! 

Skjebnens ironi !! Jeg hadde uansett ikke med egna fotoutstyr, men de neste to dagene, fra før soloppgang til midt på dagen, ble tilbrakt i vellystig åling i sanden på Miami Beach. Her er man jo vant til å se det meste, men lavt ålende fotografer med digre teleobjektiv hadde de åpenbart ikke sett før. Jeg fikk mye "uønska oppmerksomhet" der jeg lå, men hvem f… bryr seg om det når det står om noen gode motiver ? Det ene kameraet konka etterhvert pga sandinntrenging og måtte gjennom en dyr rens hjemme i Norge.

Engish : Pictures of Black Skimmers (Rynchops nicer) & Royal terns (Sterna maxima) are shot at Miami Beach in early January 2015. Both species are naturally distributed along the Atlantic & Pacific from Florida & California south into Central America. 



Royal terns
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1000


A royal tern & a young herring gull (gråmåke). Compare the size !
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 1400


Royal terns
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 560


The beautiful royal tern in soft light with the blurry sand, blurry ocean & blurry sky provides that watercolor feeling (?)
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 320


Royal tern
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 900


Royal tern
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1000


Royal tern
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1400


Royal tern close up
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1400


The Black Skimmer, approx at the same size as the Royal tern. The bird feeds normally by flying low over the water with the deeper bill (undernebbet) in the water to forage.
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 800


Black skimmer & morning yoga
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1600, ISO 900


Black skimmer close up
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 2200


Black skimmer
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 1250


Black skimmers
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 1600


Black skimmers
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 800


Black skimmers
D4, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1600, ISO 720


Urban wildlife 1 : The cuban tree frog was brought to Miami by cargo from Cuba and has now established an expanding population in Miami. It is highly predaceous it will eat anything it can catch and swallow incl. insects, spiders, other frogs & lizards.
D4, 200 4,0 Micro, f/5,0, 1/400, ISO 2000


Urban wildlife 2 : Turkey vultures can be seen constantly flying between the skyscrapers in down town Miami. D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 4500 (handheld)


Urban wildlife 3 : This Black Racer was shot in my daughters garden in the SW Miami suburb.
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1000, ISO 220


Urban wildlife 4 : The Brown Anole was originally brought to Miami from Cuba and is now very common in the suburbs. D4, 200 4,0 Micro, f/6,3, 1/320, ISO 3600