A few Teal have turned up including 9 at Kjelle on a very small area of open water and in a week or so I reckon it will be absolutely fantastic conditions here with hopefully loads of ducks.
It was raptors that provided the fun today with 5 Rough-legged Buzzards, a few Common Buzzards, Peregrine, 3 Merlin, 4 Kestrel, male Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawks and a Goshawk. Four of the Rough-legged Buzzards showed really well and seemed to have found an area rich in food where they may hang around for a while.
I borrowed a Canon 7D mkII from Conor and had fun taking flight photos with it where the quick auto focusing and much better exposure metering where a joy to use and highlighted the weaknesses of my current set up.
|Rought-legged Buzzard (fjellvåk) #1. This individual looks to be a juvenile based on the underwing but has it 2 generations of secondaries when you look t the upperwing?|
|#2 also a juvenile I believe|
|#3 this must be an adult male based on the multiple bands on the tail|
|#4 I am unsure about this individual and it may be a juvenile but I believe is more likely an adult female|
|a comparison of #2 (juv) and #4 (ad fem?). Note the broader black border on the wing on the bird on the right, smaller dark belly patch and better marked underwing coverts|
|the same 2 birds from above|
|#2 perched ad #3 hovering|
|a Common Buzzard (musvåk) - an adult bird|
|my first Akershus Curlew (storspove) of the year together with Cranes and Whooper Swans. Much later than normal|
|one of two Great Grey Shrikes (varsler)|
|a male KEestrel (tårnfalk) having a preen|
|adult Peregrine that caused chaos as it unsuccesfuly hunted Lapwings|
|Whooper Swan (sangsvane) taken with the 7D mkII - I don't think I could have managed a picture like this with my 550D|