Mid 2018 update blog

Since the blog has been neglected the last eight months I thought it would be good to post an update. I have been active on social platforms and “forgotten” to post here regularly.

In January and February I mostly did birding and photography local here in Søgne.

Greater white-fronted goose / Tundragås by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

First picture is of a Greater white-fronted geese that visited late in January.

Eurasian wren / Gjerdesmett by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Second picture is of an Eurasian wren that lives in a small local forrest. This picture is taken early February.

In March I visited a hide in Marnardalen to get pictures of the goshawk.

Red squirrel / Ekorn by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

I went into the hide at 04:30 in the morning and the first thing I heard when I had setup was this little guy. It was still dark but I managed to capture him using ISO 6400.

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

Where there is food there is jays, the noisiest and most colourful bird in the forrest this time of year.

Northern goshawk / Hønsehauk by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

And of course the main attraction did arrive around 11 o’clock.  I did manage to get lots of good pictures this day and you can find most of them in this gallery on my 500px account.

April started off slowly with local birding before I did a workshop at Runde.

White wagtail / Linerle by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

First off the local birding picture before showing you the results from Runde. This is the first wagtail of the season at a local beach. He nicely posed on a small rock in the water.

 

End of April I packed up my gear and headed to an island outside my hometown called Runde. It was my first time visiting this location even though I grew up under two hours from it.

The workshop was held by Roger Brendhagen who is a professional Norwegian nature photographer and Nikon ambassador.

I got to the island an hour later then expected due to tunnel and ferry issues that is quite common in these parts of Norway. The first evening we walked up to “Lundeura” where the puffins roam.

Atlantic puffin / Lundefugl by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Atlantic puffin / Lundefugl by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Atlantic puffin / Lundefugl by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Atlantic puffin / Lundefugl by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

We also did a boat trip around the island and got to see the Northern gannets hunting and looking for nesting material.

Northern gannet / Havsule by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Unfortunately the nesting material is not always natural but waste from fishing nets and ropes that we are throwing in the sea.

Northern gannet / Havsule by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Please do pick up your trash and do not waste our seas #oneocean.

Northern gannet / Havsule by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Northern gannet / Havsule by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

The gannets are majestic birds that really needs to be seen close up.

European golden plover / Heilo by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

We got up at 4:30 in the mornings to get the morning light. This guy was a part of a small flock of seven European golden plovers that where resting at the beach. These birds are normally seen in the mountains and not at the shoreline.

If you want to visit Runde you can contact me for some insider tips on where and when to look for birds.

More images from my trip to Runde can be seen on 500px.

Common blackbird / Svarttrost by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

In May the temperature started to climb and this is probably the only picture of our lawn green this year. We have had temperatures of 20-30 degrees celsius since and there has not been any rain until late August.

Black woodpecker / Svartspett by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

June was my woodpecker month it seems, I got information about a black woodpecker nest just 10 minutes from our house. I went down one morning and this fledgling had left his nest already.

Great spotted woodpecker / Flaggspett by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com
When I was looking for ospreys I met this angry Great spotted woodpecker that wanted me to leave the area as their nest was close by.

Red fox / Rød rev by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

July started of with a vacation to Ebeltoft, Denmark. This guy was standing in a field when my oldest kid and me where looking for birds.

Lindesnes Lighthouse by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Late July the moon eclipse was the attraction. I tried to get the moon behind the lighthouse but the angle from the place I sat was wrong. So then I tried to save the evening with a wide angle shot.

I hope you enjoy the pictures so far this year and there are of course plenty of more pictures on my instagram and 500px account.

Feel free to head over and take a look.

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