I didn’t really have time for birding today but I needed to keep taking the anti gull medicine so thought I would squeeze in a quick trip around Maridalen between other obligations. It didn’t end up being quick...
There have been two species I have been really keen to see in Maridalen, my local patch, this autumn. One of them, Pine Grosbeak (konglebit) has given itself up on two occasions although I must admit to not being entirely happy with the brief nature of our encounters. The other species has eluded me until today. Driving towards Skar (the end of Maridalen) I for once had my eyes on the road but a movement above caught my attention. YES, a Hawk Owl (haukugle) sitting on a wire right over the car. It flew down and perched in a tree before soon returning to the wires where it sat for the next 45 minutes until I had to leave. What a bird!! It was completely unaffected by my presence, passing cars, and cyclists. In terms of a photo opportunity I could not really have asked to be closer to the bird. However I will still complain because the light was too bad for my lens (ISO was often 6400) and also the bird hardly ever looked at me! Even though I was less than 10 metres away it just ignored me. No matter what type of squeaking noise I made (trying to sound like a mouse!) it would only look at me fleetingly.
It was an amazing experience though to be so close to this bird IN MARIDALEN and the best photos weren't that bad after all.
|finally an acceptable flight photo|
|using the 500mm zoom|
|I had to zoom out to get the whole bird in|
|Asbjørn Thune enjoys the bird from his car!|
|having a preen|
|in a more natural habitat than a telegraph wire|