Grønjordssøen

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.

Common pochard (Aythya ferina) & Greylag goose (Anser anser)

Common pochard (Aythya ferina) & Greylag goose (Anser anser)

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Land of the rain

Holiday. Oh, how that word is sweet.

My parents visited Denmark this April, and together we traveled five days in the north of Denmark. Thy, Vejlerne, Skagen, Aalborg and Lille Vildmose were our destinations, and I plan to talk about all these. But first, Nationalpark Thy!

It’s the first national park of Denmark, it was established in… 2008. Yes, that wasn’t long ago, but as we say in French, “better late than never”. It’s situated along the coast of northwest Denmark and shows a mix of forest and moorland landscapes. The southern tip shelters a lagoon appreciated by many water birds: geese, ducks, swans and all kinds of waders, including curlews, avocets and redshanks. The very end of the peninsula is more sandy, and is apparently appreciated by Brant geese (Branta bernicla) and Ruddy turnstones (Arenaria interpres). When we arrived there, it was already raining, so we had our picnic in the car. In a patch of grass wandered two Common ringed plovers (Charadrius hiaticula), a Eurasian skylark (Alauda arvensis) and a Northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe). Our adventure in the dunes ended shortly, as water started to infiltrate my rain clothes (apparently, the merchandising from my university is not really good), but I still had the time to sight a pair of noisy Sandwich terns (Thalasseus sandvicensis) fishing along the coast.

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Atmosphere

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.

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39 mm – f/32 – 1.6s – ISO100 – Manual mode

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18 mm – f/22 – 0.4s – ISO100 – Manual mode

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En vrac

En vrac, which roughly translates as “loose” or “in bulk”, because I haven’t had much success in photography recently, at least nothing worth a good story. So here are a few pictures from the last weeks. Spring has arrived to Denmark, and I’ll soon have new material to show you 🙂

Utterslev Mose

Greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons)

Greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons)

Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

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To the south!

I celebrated the arrival of spring by taking a week-end off to Gedser. The southernmost point of Denmark is at the tip of a peninsula pointing down to Germany, on the island of Falster, and it’s a place I visited back in December. I had slept in the bird station there, and seen plenty of water birds, including scoters, Smews (Mergellus albellus), Long-tailed ducks (Clangula hyemalis) and the lifer Greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons).

I didn’t have much time to focus on photography this week-end, hence the low quality of most pictures. I hope you can forgive me that 😉
Here is a map of my week-end.

On Saturday morning, I woke up at 5, took an early train and reached Nykøbing F (F for Falster, because there are several Nykøbing in Denmark) at 9. There, I met Hans, my guide for the day. He had had the brilliant idea to wear his binoculars around the neck in the station, therefore I spotted him immediatly!

He took me by car to the south, along the coast facing the neighbouring island of Lolland. We hoped to see the flock of Lesser white-fronted geese (Anser erythropus) that were grazing in the meadows of Roden Fed, but we were way too far. Still, the strait produced scores of Eurasian wigeons (Anas penelope), and a few Brant geese (Branta bernicla), the first ones of the year for me. I also enjoyed a familiar sight: the ondulating, noisy flight of the White wagtail (Motacilla alba). They had been in Falster for three weeks, but I hadn’t seen any in Copenhagen before today, actually, so those were also my first wagtails of the year. I saw many more in Gedser.

White wagtail (Motacilla alba)

White wagtail (Motacilla alba)

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FOCUS: Red-necked grebe

The Focus series

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.

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Flyvestation Værløse

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.

Rough-legged buzzard (Buteo lagopus)

Rough-legged buzzard (Buteo lagopus)

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Defecto @ High Voltage

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.

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