onsdag 5. august 2015

SWIMMING GRASS SNAKE / BUORM


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1100

I have been working my butt off (!!!) …. for many years  … to do swimming grass snakes in natural habitats. I have spent hours & hours swimming around in my wet suit in stinking, muddy & marshy pools …. with my camera barely floating on a thin plate of XPS, and yes, I`ve had some success with 
it : one of my swimming grass snakes were awarded in the NNPC contest a couple of years ago, 

….. but this situation with the big grass snake with over 1 m length …. just came out of the blue !!! 

I basicly happened to be at the right place at the right time !! Having it in posing with the white water lilly was incredible !


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/160, ISO 2800


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/160, ISO 2500


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/160, ISO 4500


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/ 6,3, 1/500, ISO 640


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 640


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 720


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1000


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1400


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 1100


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 640 


Grass snakes have the habit of sometimes pretending to be dead if they have been caught and cannot escape. This little snake turned over on the back, gaped the mouth and let the tongue hang out, even for several minutes after beeing released back on the ground.

D4s, 200 4,0 micro, f/11,0, 1/500, ISO 1000


A little "dead" grass snake
D4s, 200 4,0 micro, f/11,0, 1/500, ISO 500

fredag 17. juli 2015

DUTCH BARNOWLS & ANACONDAS (TÅRNUGLE)


Barn owls / tårnugle 
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/250, ISO 200, 2 SB900 flashes

All pictures shot in Holland in early July 2015.

A warm thank you to Jos & Silvan Puijman for help, support and great company !!


Adult bird
D4s, 70-200 2,8, f/7,1, 1/250, ISO 250, 2 SB900 flashes


Adult bird
D4s, 70-200 2,8, f/7,1, 1/250, ISO 200, 2 SB900 flashes


Juvenile bird
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/250, ISO 250, 2 SB900 flashes


Juvenile birds
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/250, ISO 320, 2 SB900 flashes


Juvenile bird
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/250, ISO 250, 2 SB900 flashes


The European Anaconda (?) : Grass-snake (Natrix matrix / buorm) I`ve done grass-snakes many times before, …. but this is the first time ever I sat in a hide to wait for a snake ! … and it worked !!
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/320, ISO 1400


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/320, ISO 1100


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/320, ISO 1800


iPhone 4

Evert Puijman lives in a "fairy-tale house" in a "deep" forest somewhere in Holland. He has great knowledge about ecology and a big heart for local grass-snakes (Natrix natrix). To help to provide possible egg laying sites for the snakes in times when modern farming no longer provides such, he is building artificial "dens" for them, … . and the structure is simple : On the bottom there is a layer of dead branches to provide air and a little bit of space, and upon that : loads of dead grass to obtain the warmth to develop the eggs. The den needs to have one or to accessible entrances on ground level, and sizewise it needs to be at least 1,5 m high and 3 meters across…. and every year he builds a new one !

And it works !! Every late summer Evert Puijman sees new generations of small grass-snakes come out of the den. 

Something to copy on other places … in other countries ? … in Norway ?

mandag 6. juli 2015

NORWEGIAN EAGLE OWL / HUBRO


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 0,6 sec, ISO 400, 3 SB900 flashes & roadkilled crow

Lord go the Gloom, Ruler of the Dark, Prince of the Underworld !! Meet Mr. & Mrs. Dracula !!
Old myths & diabolical superstition came close as I had this rare, huge & iconic nocturnal owl at close range in western coastal Norway, July 2015

Jeg husker jeg så min første hubro, det var i 1975 (!!) … det gjorde et veldig inntrykk der den med tunge, brune vingeslag forsvant inn i tåka langs den stupbratte fjellveggen på Lovund,…  
og jeg husker det faktisk som om det var i går ! 

Siden har det ikke vært så mange hubroer i mitt liv og jeg tror jeg kan telle antall hubro-opplevelser på èn hånd. I løpet av de siste åra har vi sett endel fantastiske hubrobilder av norske fotogrfer, og jeg kommer selvsagt til kort i denne sammenhengen. Må også innrømme at jeg ikke liker blits og at jeg i tillegg ikke er den flinkeste gutten i klassen med disse teknikkene. 

Likevel legger jeg altså ut dette, antakelig fordi jeg har et eller annet meddelelsesbehov …. Kanskje noen liker dette uansett ?? 


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/5, ISO 1000


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/10, ISO 640, 3 SB900 flashes


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/15, ISO 640, 3 SB900 flashes & roadkill black-backed gull


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/10, ISO 640, 2 SB900 flashes


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 0,3 sec, 3 SB900 flashes


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/4, ISO 400, 3 SB900 flashes


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/15, ISO 640


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/10, ISO 640, 3 SB900 flashes


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 0,6 sec, ISO 320, 3 SB900 flashes


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/10, ISO 640


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 0,6 sec, ISO 500, 3 SB900 flashes


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 0,3 sec, ISO 640, 3 SB900 flashes


Dracula tries to swallow the head of the crow
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/8, ISO 500, 3 SB900 flashes


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 0,3 sec, ISO 500, 3 SB900 flashes


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 0,3 sec, ISO 320, 3 SB900 flashes


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 03 sec, ISO 320, 3 SB900 flashes


D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 0,5 sec, ISO ISO 640, 3 SB900 flashes

onsdag 17. juni 2015

SPANISH EXTRAS


Lesser kestrel male / rødfalk hann
D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 450

Lesser kestrel 

I had some magic moments with the lesser kestrel on the perch as the evening sun was going down and the shadow of the horizon was creeping up, first up along the perch and then : onto the falcon !

Vultures & black kites

The spring in May in Calera district in mid Spain is an amazing color experience as the overwhelming green lush hurry to bloom before everything dries out into the familiar Spanish summer palette of brown & yellow.

A warm thank you to Dario Mesonero-Romanos & Jose David Gomez


Lesser kestrel male / rødfalk hann
D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 720


Lesser kestrel male / rødfalk hann
D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 720


Lesser kestrel male / rødfalk hann
D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 800


Lesser kestrel male / rødfalk hann
D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/500, ISO 1000


Lesser kestrel female / rødfalk hung
D4s, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 720


Black vulture / munkegribb
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 160


Black vulture / munkegribb
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 450


Black vulture / munkegribb
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 360


Black vulture / munkegribb
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 640


Griffon vultures / gåsegribb
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 220


Griffon vulture with a collar of human trash / gåsegribb
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 180


Black kite / svartglente
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/320, ISO 2200


Black kite / svartglente
D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1600, ISO 1250


Black kite / svartglente
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/400, ISO 360


Black kite / svartglente
D4s, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 720


Black kite / svartglente
D4s, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/320, ISO 1000


Puppies / valmuer
D4s, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 150


Flower meadow / blomstereng
D4s, 600 4,0, f/8,0, 1/800, ISO 720