An evening by the sea

Kalveboderne is a body of water between the islands of Amager and Sjælland, in the south of Copenhagen. I’d biked along a few times when coming back from Vestamager, but I wanted to visit the other side also. All winter, I saw reports of Little grebes (Tachybaptus ruficollis) and Smews (Mergellus albellus) in the area. The evening promised to be sunny, so I set sail in the late afternoon, with the sunset in mind. Here is the map of my peregrinations.

When I arrived on site, I was greeted by the Airbus A380 from Emirates leaving the airport on its way to Dubai. What a monster! I need to go planespotting again…

In the water, ducks and grebes teemed: Little grebes, Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus), Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), Wigeons (Anas penelope), Goosanders (Mergus merganser) were on a frantic search for food. Further away, there were also large flocks of Coots (Fulica atra), but no trace of the Smews.

Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

Goosander (Mergus merganser)
Goosander (Mergus merganser)
Eurasian wigeon (Anas penelope)
Eurasian wigeon (Anas penelope)
Great-crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

As I walked, the sun came down, and the cold became more severe. The Smews were probably out of binoculars range. I was freezing, but I was determined to sea the sun go under the horizon, so I sat in front of the sea and waited. During my watch, I was surprised by a Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) dashing low over the water.


Slowly, the colors changed, and then the sun was gone. It was about time! That was not as good as a sunset in Helsinki, but still a nice start, Denmark, a nice start…

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Blue hour inspiration struck me again while I crossed the railway, and I came back home with a click I’m very proud of 😉


> Kalveboderne on Flickr

Bird inventory


8 thoughts on “An evening by the sea

  1. Du fandt en lappedykker! Jeg ser den sjældent 😦
    Til gengæld blev jeg overfløjet af stort tranetræk i Jægersborg Dyrehave. De er lige så impornerende som Airbus A380, de har bare en anden lyd:-)
    Dejlige billeder!!

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    1. OK, I must confessed I needed Google translate for this one :p
      There are many lappedykkerne in Utterslev Mose. If you happen to visit the area, you can’t miss them 🙂 Yesterday, a guy there told my friend and I that he had seen hundreds of tranerne flying north, but we didn’t see them ourselves. I hope I’ll catch them soon!
      Tak for din venlig besked (??) 🙂

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    2. And if you go to Vestamager, there are Toppet lappedyker AND Gråstrubet lappedykker AND Lille lappedykker (in the canal). And I saw 150-200 cranes flying north this afternoon 🙂

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    3. I must say you are looking the right places. That’s really amazing !!!
      Glad you had the experience with the cranes. – og grisefuglen 🙂
      Thanks a lot for the tip 🙂
      I appreciate it very much.

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