I have in mind a retrospective on my year in Denmark, specially dedicated to birds, but before I can do that, I have to bring you the last pieces (which are not really dedicated to birds, though). We’re starting with a few churches, a visit to the Botanical Garden and one to the Cisterns.
Some news about me: I have finished my studies. I got my master, and I’m now back to Helsinki, the city I love, for some time. I’m looking for a job, but in the meantime, I enjoy the lovely weather and the gorgeous birds.
I’m very late and I have many pictures to show you. We start today with a sunset I saw next to where I live, in Copenhagen. Generally, sunsets with some clouds are the best, because, after disappearing under the horizon, the sun reflects under them in an explosion of colors. That day, I was afraid there would be too many clouds, and when I arrived on top of my favourite hill, the sun was hidden.
For a few weeks, the waters of Utterslev Mose have been teeming with younglings. The first to arrive were the Greylag goslings (Anser anser), followed by the Mallard ducklings (Anas platyrhynchos).
Before showing you Skagen, I wanted to take you to Grønjordssøen. What hides behind this barbaric name is a small lake notorious for its Black-necked grebes (Podiceps nigricollis). I went there in quest for pictures of this beautiful animal, but the pair I spotted stayed way too far. I still saw some interesting birds.
Concert at Lygten Station, Copenhagen
May is almost there, and I have written only one article this month… what a shame!
Here is the second one, but it’s a very light one. In fact, I just wanted to show you two pictures I took in Hellerup one morning, three weeks ago. I had left my cosy bed early to see the sun rise over the ocean. Unfortunately, I got a flat tyre on the way to the sea, and when I finally arrived (by foot), the sun was hidden behind a thick curtain of clouds.
I had taken my tripod with me, so I experimented a bit with long exposure… well ok, it was not really long exposure, it was too bright for that and I didn’t have the needed filter. Let’s talk about longer exposure then, between 0.4 and 1.6 seconds.
Danish word of the day: lappedykker = grebe
Have you missed the “FOCUS” series?
What, you had forgotten about that too? 😀
Ok, that’s normal, it’s been a long time, I didn’t write such an article since July. The first one was about one the most beautiful birds I’ve ever seen (no, I’m not exaggerating), the Horned grebe (Podiceps auritus).
Today, I’m writing about another grebe, one that’s not as gorgeous as the Horned grebe, but in my opinion, it comes really close.
Flyvestation Værløse… I have already taken you to this place.
You don’t remember? OK, I can’t blame you. In the first place, the header doesn’t show a picture of the area (I was so focused on the birds, I don’t have anything else…). Then, last time I was there, the ground was covered by snow. Remember now?
This time, the weather was much better, so I went by bike. I got a bit lost, but shhhh…
On the way, I spotted a bird of prey perched on a tree, next to the road. I stopped to take a look, but I expected it to take-off quickly. It didn’t, so I grabbed my binoculars from my bag. Even with them, I wasn’t sure whether this was a Common buzzard (Buteo buteo) or its nordic counterpart and winter visitor, the Rough-legged buzzard (Buteo lagopus). I had the feeling that it was the latter, but given how close these birds are and how little experience I have, I reserved judgment.
After the shock CABAL, I was back to town for the great show of another rising band from Copenhagen. Defecto presented their first album to a sold-out High Voltage, and the least I can say is that this was a show full of energy. Surprisingly, it started with the broadcasting of two music videos (one never shown before, if my modest command of danish didn’t mislead me), and then the band took the stage.
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.