The Pom Skua is
birth mark than a tattoo - click on picture to view other birder's
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image comes from NASA's superb
collection of images which can
be found on the Visible Earth site here.
actually shows a Saharan dust
storm over the North Sea - perhaps bringing rarities with it.
If you haven't seen this film, you should! Now when people ask what I
do I show them this...
see bottom of this page
results from Skogsøy and bird news from Øygarden
have been birding almost as long as I can
remember; with bird mad parents and growing up where I did I
a chance to develop normal interests....Migration is my main
interest and seawatching is THE form of birding I enjoy most.
covers a variety of topics, with the emphasis on
seawatching. The Skogsøy
detail, among other things, the spring migration
of divers past SW Norway. Main species of interest in
are White-billed Diver, Red-throated Diver and all the Skuas. A wide
variety of seaduck and waders also pass in large numbers - passage of
some species beats better known birding locations such as Utsira and
the spring of
2006 I seawatched every for two and a half months making
systematic counts of migrating seabirds heading up
the Norwegian coast; the place where this happened is
Øygarden (north west of Bergen, Norway). More details about
the 2006 season and seawatching in general can be found here .
seawatching results from the spring of 2006 click here For
seawatching results from the spring of 2007 click here For
seawatching results from the spring of 2008 click here
birding to some people may be more than sitting on a remote headland
until hypothermia sets in so this site also covers some of the other
birding I do whilst not seawatching.
Øygarden kommune, NW of Bergen. Øygarden
widely considered to be the
best place for birding in Hordaland county. This is the reason
live there. Perhaps unsurprisingly I live on the edge of a nature
my local patch is covered on the Tjeldstø
It isn't exactly going to appear in any RAMSAR listings, but it
certainly provides enough birding interest at a local level. A garden
list of over 160 species in eight years gives an indication of the
potential of the place.
is a good island in Øygarden for finding migrant
passerines and which regularly turns up rarities. This is the island of
Hernar and more details about this fantastic place can be found
Øygarden pages give a brief description of a
of localities in one of the best areas for birding in
Hordaland. The area was affected by an oil spill from the shipwreck of
the "Server" on the neighbouring island of Fedje in January 2007. The
effects of this are documented
Latest news and pictures can be viewed here:
you consider yourself a Natural Born Birder (or you know someone who
is) there may be something of interest in the Webshop
Bluethroat - one of the target
species on the Hardangervidda
camera is usually in my bag such that I can do some opportunist
photography; a selection of pictures taken from around the
can be found in the Gallery
section. All pictures were taken in the wild and care was taken not to
disturb the birds at all times.
information about the equipment I use and some tips for keeping warm
during protracted seawatches can be found on the Equipment page.
Many birders have a number of books, I have a small library of them and
some recommendations can be found on the books
page. My latest
acquisitions are shown below.
I first moved to Norway I lived east of Bergen and developed a
taste for birding in the mountains. Here too visible migration was an
important part of the birding. For more details of birding in the hills
of western Norway, see the Gullfjell
is within easy driving distance of Bergen so I have
also included some information on the unique birding opportunites it
For a series documenting an epic life and death struggle click on the
birders still have families and I fall into this category - I have
therefore added some trip reports from family holidays which show that
it is quite possible to get some decent birding in even if you do have
the family with you. Some hints can be found on the Travelpages.
Destinations covered include Madeira,
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