Oslo city centre
one is short on time there are a
few places one can visit close to the city centre. The area around the
Opera house can
attract a lot of gulls - Norway's first Pallas's Gull
was found here -
along with a selection of the commoner ducks. The nearby "Middle Age
Park" has a small area of fresh water where birds sometimes congregate.
Some migrants drop in here from time to time. A Peregrine is often
present here - especially during the winter months.
Guillemot, Sørenga, Oslo, December 2018
Guillemot and other auks are a regular late autumn and winter feature
"seafront", January 2015
- there is a large flock of gulls sitting on the ice in this picture
Picture taken with a "point and pray" superzoom
One of a flock of Waxwings in the Botanic Gardens, Oslo, December 2019
Picture taken with a bruised and battered superzoom
Another locality is the Botanic Gardens. A surprising range of species
can be seen here - Hawfinch being one of the regulars. In the autumn
and winter Waxwings and other migrants pass through - there are plenty
of berries in the area.
Botanical Garden, Oslo, January 2018
Nutcracker, Botanical Garden, Oslo, October 2017
Autumn is the most reliable time to see this species in Oslo (and
pretty much anywhere else in Norway too!)
It is possible to take boats (regular anc cheap) from the city centre
out to various islands and other places. This is a great way to get
about, see a bit more of Oslo and get some birding in. One can spend a
day (or just an hour or two) island hopping for an easy and potentially
productive day out - there are colonies of breeding birds on some of
the islands and even some nature reserves. The boats run all year round
but in the summer they run more often and for longer. Various mammals
such as Seals and Porpoise can also be seen on these trips. This is one
of my personal favourites when in Oslo.
There is a variety
of accomodation available in the area.
Norway's first Pallas's Gull, Oslo opera house, August 2014
This Long-eared Owl was photographed
near Oslo on a dull and wet day in March 2015.
The above picture was taken with a DSLR using a 400mm tele lens but
I also used this opportunity to test out a Nikon Coolpix superzoom -
information and books
Links to other websites covering Oslo can be found below:
Oslo Birder - blog
is surprisingly easy to see a
variety of wildlife close to the city
Deer and Fox are the commonest
species at Fornebu.
I have come across in and
around Oslo are Common Lizard and Slow Worm