Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Beitostølen II - the other birds

Before I come with the Great Snipe pictures and videos (my best ever I think) here is a post with the other highlights from the long weekend in the mountains. It is not just about scarce birds. Watching a male Wheatear who repeatedly hovered in the air was fascinating. Why he did it I am not sure but he had a feather stuck to his bill plus had the strangest song I have ever heard from the species so was perhaps not quite himself. House Martins collecting mud for nests that were under eaves only 2 metres above the ground was also fascinating. A male Snow Bunting in full summer plumage was a very unusual sight for me and Long-tailed Skua, Ptarmigan, Shore Lark and Temminck’s Stint are species one always hopes to see when one visits the area.

House Martins (taksvale) collecting mud

this Kestrel (tårnfalk) was still hunting whilst we were watching the Great Snipe. This attempt at art is taken with a shutter speed of 1/40 second

Long-tailed Skua (fjelljo) in the mist. A few seconds later and it vanished 
Mogop / spring pasque flower / arctic violet / lady of the snows / Pulsatilla vernalis is a common flower in the area

my only Ptarmigan of the trip 
Ringed Plovers breed by the sea in Oslo and also at over 1400m 

scarce ducks waiting for their breeding lakes to be ice free - 3 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Scaup and a commoner Tufted Duck

the Shore Larks (fjellerke) were NOT photogenic

surprise of the trip a singing Skylark (sanglerke) at 1400m on the tundra

male Snow Bunting (snøspurv)

Temminck's Stint which always seems to only occur right by the road

fresh snow fell on these mountains which are over 2000m high 

Woodcock (rugde) roded over the Great Snipe lek
male Wheatear (steinskvett)

he persistently hovered although why I am not sure of

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