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Bird photography can be a very time consuming and frustrating affair - but it can also be very rewarding and there are plenty of good reasons to do it.  

I started digiscoping as a way  of documenting some of the birds I see and things have taken off from there. I eventually succumbed to buying a "proper" camera and telephoto lens - mostly beacuase this is often a much better way of photgraphing birds in flight. Many of the pictures in this gallery were taken using digiscoping (or digibinning) but this technique of bird photography is on pause as my trusty and battered Nikon Coolpix 4500 finally gave up the ghost and intermittently refuses to focus or zoom....

I usually have a superzoom with me - both as a back-up for the DSLR and in order to take normal photographs and video.

Some of the pros and cons of digiscoping versus DSLR photography are discussed here. Superzoom bird photography is discussed here

All photos in the the gallery are copyright  and must not be reproduced without permision from the author. Images on the website are of reduced quality and are for illustration only.  Should you wish to use high quality versions of them please do not hesitate to contact me for details. All images are for sale and also available as prints.

For most species only one or two photographs have been loaded onto the site. I have many more available as this site is continually being improved and not  all species I have pictures of have been listed.

All European species are listed with names in English, Norwegian, Scientific, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, German, French and Spanish.  A selection of species from around the world and some animal photographs can be found lower down this page.

Bird lovers can create a safer environment for birds by using decals or stickers to help avoid window strikes. Decals or custom stickers would need to be placed no more than 2 to 4 inches apart to deter birds from flying into windows.

Starting digiscoping youg gallery

Western Palearctic
See further down page for other parts of the world (USA, Antarctica)
English name Norsk navn Scientific name
Red-throated Diver Smålom Gavia Stellata
Black-throated Diver Storlom Gavia arctica
Great Northern Diver Islom Gavia immer
Little Grebe Dvergdykker Tachybaptus ruficollis
Red-necked Grebe Gråstrupedykker Podiceps grisegena
Slavonian Grebe Horndykker Podiceps auritus
Great Crested Grebe Toppdykker Podiceps cristatus
Northern Fulmar Havhest Fulmarus glacialis
Cory's Shearwater Gulnebblire Calonectris diomeda
Manx Shearwater Havlire Puffinus puffinus
Yelkouan Shearwater Middelhavslire Puffinus yelkouan
Balearic Shearwater Balearlire Puffinus mauretanicus
Great Shearwater Storlire Puffinus gravis
Bulwer's Petrel Spisshalepetrell Bulweria bulwerri
Fea's Petrel Kappverdepetrell Pterodroma feae
Zino's Petrel Maderiapetrell Pterodroma madeira
Wilson's Storm Petrel Wilsonstormsvale Oceanites oceanicus
White-faced Storm-petrel Fregattstormsvale Pelagodroma marine
Northern Gannet Havsule Morus bassanus
Great Cormorant Storskarv Phalacrocorax carbo
European Shag Toppskarv Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Black-crowned Night Heron Natthegre Nycticorax nyticorax
Cattle Egret Kuhegre Bubulcus ibis
Squacco Heron Topphegre Ardeola ralloides
Little Egret Silkhegre Egretta garzetta
Great Egret egretthegre Egretta alba
Grey Heron Gråhegre Ardea cinera
Purple Heron Purpurhegre Ardea purpurea
White Stork Stork Ciconia ciconia
Mute Swan Knoppsvane Cygnus olor
Whooper Swan Sangsvane Cygnus cygnus
Bean Goose Sædgås Anser fabalis
Pink-footed Goose Kortnebbgås Anser brachyrhynchus
Greater White-fronted Goose Tundragås Anser albifrons
Greylag Goose Grågås Anser anser
Canada Goose Kanadagås Branta canadensis
Barnacle goose Hvitkingås Branta leucopsis
Brent Goose Ringgås Branta bernicla
Common Shelduck Gravand Tadorna tadorna
Eurasian Wigeon Brunnakke Anas penelope
Eurasian Teal Krikkand Anas crecca
Mallard Stokkand Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Pintail Stjertand Anas acuta
Northern Shoveler Skjeand Anas clypeata
Ferruginous Duck Hvitøyeand Aythya nyroca
Greater Scaup Bergand Aythya marila
Tufted Duck Toppand Aythya fuligula
Common Pochard Taffeland Aythya ferina
Common Eider Ærfugl Somateria mollisima
King Eider Praktærfugl Somateria spectabilis
Long-tailed Duck Havelle Clangula hyemalis
Common Scoter Svartand Melanitta nigra
Red-breasted Merganser Siland Mergus serrator
Common Goldeneye Kvinand Bucephala clangula
Harlequin Duck Harlekinand Histrionicus histrionicus
Red Kite Glente Milvus milvus
Black Kite Svartglente Milvus migrans
White-tailed Eagle Havørn Haliaeetus albicilla 
Pallid Harrier Steppehauk Circus macrourus
Marsh Harrier Sivhauk Circus aeruginosus
Northern Goshawk Hønsehauk Accipiter gentilis
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Spurvehauk Accipiter nisus
Common Buzzard Musvåk Buteo buteo
Honey Buzzard Vespevåk Pernis apivorus
Osprey Fiskeørn Pandion haliaetus
Common Kestrel Tårnfalk Falco tinnunculus
Red-footed Falcon Aftenfalk Falco vespertinus
Hobby Lerkefalk Falco subbuteo
Peregrine Falcon Vandrefalk Falco peregrinus
Gyrfalcon Jaktfalk Falco rusticola
Rock Ptarmigan Fjellrype Lagopus muta
Willow Ptarmigan Lirype Lagopus lagopus
Black Grouse Orrfugl Tetrao tetrix
Water Rail Vannrikse Rallus aquaticus
Common  Moorehen Sivhøne Gallinula chloropus
Purple Swamphen Sultanhøne Porphyrio porphyrio
Common Coot Sothøne Fulica atra
Red-knobbed (Crested) Coot Knopsothøne Fulica cristata
Houbara Bustard Kragetrappe Chlamydotis undulata
Eurasian Oystercatcher Tjeld Haematopus ostralegus 
Black-winged Stilt Stylteløper Himantopus himantopus
Avocet avosett Recurvirostra avosetta
Stone Curlew triel Burhinus oedicnemus
Cream coloured courser ørkenløper Cursorius cursor
Stone Curlew Triel Burhinus oedicnemus
Little (Ringed) Plover Dverglo Charadrius dubius
Ringed Plover Sandlo Charadrius hiaticula
Kentish Plover Hvitbrystlo Charadrius alexandrius
Eurasian Dotterel Boltit Charadrius morinellus
European Golden Plover Heilo Pluvalis apricaria
Grey Plover Tundralo Pluvialis apricaria
Northern Lapwing Vipe Vanellus vanellus
Red Knot Polarsnipe Calidris canutus
Sanderling Sandløper Calidris alba
Little Stint Dvergsnipe Calidris minuta
Temminck's Stint Temmincksnipe Calidris temminckii
Pectoral Sandpiper Alaskasnipe Calidris melanotos
Purple Sandpiper Fjæreplytt Calidris maritima
Dunlin Myrsnipe Calidris alpina
Curlew Sandpiper Tundrasnipe Calidris ferruginea
Broad-billed Sandpiper Fjellmyrløper Limicola falcinellus
Common Snipe Enkeltbekkasin Gallinago gallinago
Great Snipe Dobbeltbekkasin Gallinago media
Jack Snipe Kvartbekkasin Lymnocryptes minimus
Eurasian Woodcock Rugde Scolopax rusticola
Ruff Brushane Philomachus pugnax
Black-tailed Godwit Svarthalespove Limosa limosa
Bar-tailed Godwit Lappspove Limosa lapponica
Eurasian Curlew Storspove Numenius arquata
Spotted Redshank Sotsnipe Tringa erythropus
Common Redshank Rødstilk Tringa totanus
Common Greenshank Gluttsnipe Tringa nebularia
Wood Sandpiper Grønnstilk Tringa glareola
Common Sandpiper Strandsnipe Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone Steinvender Arenaria interpres
Red-necked Phaparope Svømmesnipe Phalaropus lobatus
Long-tailed Skua Fjelljo Stercorarius longicaudus
Arctic Skua Tyvjo Stercorarius parasiticus
Pomarine Skua Polarjo Stercorarius pomarinus
Great Skua Storjo Catharacta skua
Sabine's Gull Sabinemåke Larus sabini
Herring Gull Gråmåke Larus argentatus
Iceland Gull Grønlandsmåke Larus Glaucoides
Glaucous Gull Polarmåke Larus hyperboreus
Great Black-backed Gull Svartbak Larus marinus
Common Gull Fiskemåke Larus Canus
Mediterranean Gull Svartehavsmåke Larus melanocephalus
Pallas's Gull Steppemåke Larus ichthyaetus
Lesser Black-backed Gull Sildmåke Larus fuscus
Heuglin's Gull Larus heuglini
Yellow-legged Gull Gulbeingråmåke Larus cachinnans
Armenian Gull Armenermåke Larus armenicus
Audouin's Gull Middelhavsmåke Larus audouinii
Ross's Gull Rosenmåke Rhodostethia rosea
Black-legged Kittiwake Krykkje Rissa tridactyla
Little Gull Dvergmåke Hydrocoloeus minutus
Ivory Gull Ismåke Pagophila eburnea
Sandwich Tern Splitterne Sterna sandvicensis
Common tern Makrellterne Sterna hirundo
Arctic Tern Rødnebbterne Sterna paradisaea
Roseate Tern Rosenterne Sterna Dougalli
Little Tern Dvergeterne Sterna albifrons
Common Guillemot Lomvi Uria aalge
Puffin Lunde Fratercula arctica
Collared dove Tyrkedue Streptopelia decaoocto
Turtle dove Turteldue Streptopelia turtur
Rufous Turtle Dove Monglturteldue Streptopelia orientalis
Great spotted Cuckoo Skjæregjøk Clamator glandarius
Cuckoo Gjøk Cuculus canorus
Brunniche's Guillemot Polarlomvi Uria lomvia
Little Auk Alkekonge Alle Alle
Black Guillemot Teist Cepphus grylle
Woodpigeon Ringdue Columba palumbus
Collared Dove Tyrkerdue Streptopelia decaocto
Arctic Tern Rødnebbterne Sterna paradisaea
Eagle Owl Hubro Bubo bubo
Great Grey Owl Lappugle Strix nebulosa
Hawk Owl Haukugle Surnia Ulula
Long-eared Owl Hornugle Asio otus
Short-eared Owl Jordugle Asio flammeus
Barn Owl Tårnugle Tyto alba
Common Cuckoo Gjøk Cuculus canorus
European Nightjar Nattravn Caprimulgus europaeus
Common Kingfisher Isfugl Alcedo atthis
European Bee-eater Bieter Merops apiaster
Roller Blåkrake Coracias garrulus
Hoopoe Hærfugl Upupa epops
Grey-headed Woodpecker Gråspett Picus canus
White-backed Woodpecker Hvitryggspett Dendrocopos leucotos
Common Skylark Sanglerke Alauda arvensis
Crag Martin Klippesvale Ptyonoprogne rupestris
Barn Swallow Låvsvale Hirundo rustica
Red-rumped Swallow Amursvale Hirundo daurica
Meadow pipit Heipiplerke Anthus pratensis
Red throated pipit Lappiplerke Anthus cervinus
Berthelot's Pipit Kanaripiplerke Anthus berthelotti
Rock pipit Skjærpiplerke Anthus petrosus
Buff-bellied Pipit Myrpiplerke Anthus rubescens
Tree Pipit Trepiplerke Anthus trivialis
Yellow wagtail Gulerle Motacilla flava
White Wagtail Linerle Motacilla alba
Pied Wagtail Svartryggerle M. alba yarrellii
Citrine Wagtail Sitronerle Motacilla citreola
Waxwing Sidensvans Bombycilla garrullus
White-throated Dipper Fossekall Cinclus cinclus
Winter Wren Gjerdesmett Trogoldytes trogoldytes
European Robin Rødstrupe Erithacus rubecula
Bluethroat Blåstrupe Luscinia svecica
Black Redstart Svartrødstjert Phoenicurus ochruros
Whinchat Busksvett Saxicola rubetra
Stonechat Svartstrupe Saxicola torquata
Northern Wheatear Steinskvett Oenanthe oenanthe
Black-eared Wheatear Middelhavssteinskvett Oenanthe hispanica
Common Blackbird Svarttrost Turdus Merula
Fieldfare Gråtrost Turdus pilaris
Song Thrush Måltrost Turdus philomelus
Redwing Rødvngetrost Turdus iliacus
Mistle thrush Duetrost Turdus viscivorus
American Robin Vandretrost Turdus migratorius
Pallas's grasshopper warbler Starrsanger Locustella certhiola
Lanceolated warbler Stripesanger Locustella lanceolata
Grasshopper warbler Gresshoppesanger Locustella naevia
River warbler Elvesanger Locustella fluviatilis
Savi's warbler Sumpsanger Locustella luscinioides
Cetti's Warbler Cettisanger Cettia cetti
Zitting Cisticola Cistussanger Cisticola juncidis
Grasshopper Warbler Gresshoppesanger Locustella naevia
River Warbler Elvesanger Locustella fluviatilis
Blyth's Reed Warbler Busksanger Acrocephalus dumetorum
Moustached Warbler Tamarisksanger Acrocephalus melanopogon
Sedge warbler Sivsanger Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Olivaceous Warbler Bleksanger Hippolais pallida
Icterine Warbler Gulsanger Hippolais icterina
Spectacled Warbler Maskesanger Sylvia conspicillata
Common Whitethroat Tornsanger Sylvia communis
Lesser Whitethroat Møller Sylvia curucca
Blackcap Munk Sylvia atricapilla
Sardinian Warbler Svarthodesanger Sylvia melanocephala
Subalpine Warbler Rødstrupesanger Sylvia cantillans
Greenish Warbler Østsanger Phylloscopus trochiloides
Dusky Warbler Brunsanger Phylloscopus fuscatus
Radde's Warbler Viersanger Phylloscopus schwarzii
Willow Warbler Løvsanger Phylloscopus trochilus
Siberian Chiff-chaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis
Chiff-chaff Gransanger Phylloscopus collybita
Yellow-browed Warbler Gulbrynsanger Phylloscopus inortnatus
Goldcrest Fuglekonge Regulus Regulus
Red-breasted Flycatcher Dvergfluesnapper Ficedula parva
European Pied Flycatcher Svarthvitfluesnapper Ficedula hypoleuca
Spotted Flycatcher Gråfluesnapper Muscipapa striata
Willow Tit Granmeis Parus montanus
Marsh Tit Løvmeis Parus palustris
Crested Tit Toppmeis Parus cristatus
Coal Tit Svartmeis Parus ater
Blue Tit Blåmeis Parus Caeruleus
African Blue Tit Kalottmeis Cyanistes teneriffae
Long-tailed Tit Stjertmeis Aegithalos caudatus
(Eurasian) Nuthatch Spettmeis Sitta  europaea
(Eurasian) Treecreeper Trekryper Certhia familiaris
Red-backed Shrike Tornskate Lanius collurio
Great Grey Shrike Varsler Lanius excubitor
Woodchat shrike Rødhodevarsler Lanius senator
Siberian Jay Lavskrike Perisoreus infaustus
Black-billed Magpie Skjære Pica Pica
Eurasian Jay Nøtteskrike Garrulus gladarius
Rook Kornkråke Corvus frugilegus
Hooded Crow Kråke Corvus corone
Common Raven Ravn Corvus Corax
Common Starling Stær Sturnus vulgaris
Rose-coloured Starling Rosenstær Pastor roseus
House Sparrow Gråspurv Passer domesticus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Pilfink Passer Motanus
Brambling Bjørkefink Fringilla montifringilla
European Serin Gulirisk Serinus serinus
Greenfinch Grønnfink Carduelis chloris
European Goldfinch Stillits Carduelis carduelis
Twite Bergirisk Carduelis flavirostris
Linnet Tornirisk Carduelis cannabina
Mealy Redpoll Gråsisik Carduelis flammea
Lesser Redpoll Brunsisik Carduelis cabaret
Arctic Redpoll Polarsisik Carduelis hornemanni
"Problem Redpoll Grå / polarsisik Carduelis spp
Eurasian Siskin Grønnsisik Carduelis spinus
Common Crossbill Grankorsnebb Loxia curvirostra
Parrot Crossbill Furukorsnebb Loxia pytyopsittacus
Two-barred Crossbill Båndkorsnebb Loxia leucoptera
Common Rosefinch Rosenfink Carpodacus erythrinus
Pine Grosbeak Konglebit Pinicola enucleator
Lapland Longspur Lappspurv Calcarius lapponicus
Snow Bunting Snøspurv Plectrophenax nivalis
Yellowhammer Gulspurv Emberiza citrinella
Reed Bunting Sivspurv Emberiza schoeniclus
Corn bunting Kornspurv Miliaria calandra

Extra Galleries from around the world
These pictures have been taken by another fanatic birder, Graham Bell.  Again, all pictures have been taken in the wild. These galleries were shot on SLR cameras using transparencies and have then been scanned into a digital format.

These pictures have been taken with either  a Canon EOS 3 or a Canon EOS 500 camera together with either a Sigma 170-500mm telephoto lens or the Canon EF 100-400 lens.

Many of the pictures listed below were taken on special interest marine expeditions and cruises to among other places, Antarctica.

Snow Petrel
Snow Petrel, Antarctic Peninsula


Gentoo Penguins King Penguin
Adelie Penguins Snares Penguin
Chinstrap Penguin
Wilsons Petrel "Antarctic Birds"


Whale, Alaska

A selection of other species from around taken either offshore or on holiday are presented below. More information and pictures can be found on the Travel and Offshore pages

Ibisbill  Ibisnebb Ibidorhyncha struthersii
Red-wattled Lapwing Brillevipe
Vanellus indicus
Himalayan Monal  Glansfasan Lophophorus impejanus
Blue-tailed Bee-eater  Blåhalebieter Merops philippinus

North America
Brown Pelican  Brunpelikan Pelicanus occidentalis
Double-crested Cormorant  Totoppskarv Phalacrocorax auritus
Northern Mockingbird  Sangspottefugl Mimus polyglotto
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Nordtaggsvale Stelgidopteryx serripenis

Binoculars from Heartland America can help bird-watchers locate and identify different species of birds. Heartland America also offers bird feeders and birdbaths to make your backyard a haven for bird-watching.

Rainbow Lorikeet  Regnbuelori Trichoglossus haematodus
Laughing Kookaburra Latterkokaburra
Dacelo novaeguineae
Red Wattlebird  Rødflikhonningeter Anthochaera carunculata

Other stuff:


Animals in Øygarden

Pilot Whale

Minke Whale

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