My good looking bird was of course Mrs OsloBirder but soon afterwards I was also fortunate enough to spy a Ring Ouzel in Maridalen. With this in the box my spring is now complete and I can find other things to do than birding!
Schools were closed today in Oslo because of the fact that 2016 is a Leap Year and the extra day needs to be lost. Yes you read that right – in Norway they are scared of giving kids too much education. I have never before encountered such nonsense!!!!!!!!!!
Surprisingly my oldest daughter was happy to join me in Maridalen where we were both armed with a camera. There was not an awful lot for us to photograph but Long-tailed Tits put us both through our paces and we had frogs and brick licking Crossbills. It was a good opportunity to compare the results of my new camera versus my old one with the 70-300mm lens mounted.
Whilst we were out the first Maridalen Osprey of the year flew over. Just 10 seconds earlier I had commented that we could expect one as the ice on the lake had disappeared during the course of the night and then bingo! After this I kept talking about Golden Eagles but couldn’t repeat my luck.
I was very happy with how some of my pictures came out today and in good (but not sun) light I had some pictures of brick licking Common Crossbills which I think are just fab! The only issue I am having now is with autofocus especially when birds are close or if there are some branches in the way although I think there is a manual focus alternative which I need to investigate.
|A good looking bird. Male Ring Ouzel (ringtrost)|
|first Osprey (fiskeørn) of the year in Maridalen|
|quite happy with this shot - a brick licking male Common Crossbill (grankorsnebb)|
|also happy with this. The shutter speed was set to 1/500 sec but the good light would have allowed me to have a much faster speed which would have captured the wings perfectly|
|female - note the tongue|
|Maridalsvannet yesterday evening. The ice is already breaking up|
|and by this morning was all gone (the wind having sped things up)|
|White Wagtail (linerle)|
|we had good views and photo opportunities with a pair of Long-tailed Tits (stjertmeis). This bird has a lot of black in the head which suggests it is an integrade with the European subspecies europaeus|
|wheras the other bird was a normal white-headed caudatus although note that in the top right picture when the feathers are raised that it looks like they are darker further down|
|a young male Common Crossbill|
|Long-tailed Tit in action|
|Long-tailed Tit posing|
|and more action|
|White Wagtail in habitat|