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Marine mammals

The commonest sea mammals are Porpoises, these can be seen in good numbers both in the open sea and in the fjords; they are  especially obvious in calm weather. Other cetacea are less regular, Pilot Whales and Orcas are sometimes seen in Hjeltefjord amd occasionally at Skogsøy - both species seem less regular on the west side of the islands. Minke whale can be seen but this is a rare occurrence.

Seals are occasionally observed, but are far from numerous.

Porpoise, Skogsøy, May 2008
Porpoise is the commonest cetacean to be seen in Øygarden

Minke Whale
Orcas, April 2010
Minke Whale, Skogsøy, June 2010 Orcas / Spekkhoggere, Skogsøy, April 2010

Otter with freshly caught wrasse
Otter with freshly caught wrasse, Skogsøy, May 2007

Otters near Svellingen
(Above and below) Otters being harassed by Hooded Crows  near Svellingen, January 2008

Otter with wrasse

Otter diving, Herdlevær, Øygarden
Otter diving into the kelp, Herdlevær, Øygarden, June 2016

Common Seal
Common Seal, Øygarden, August 2010

Common Seal
Cropped from image above

Atlantic Grey Seal
Grey Seal / havert, Øygarden, May 2009

Atlantic Grey Seal
Grey Seal with Cod, Alvheim, February 2008

Land mammals

Red Deer are common in Øygarden and are most often seen around dawn and dusk, sometimes these animals swim over from the mainland - even to smaller islands such as Hernar (for example in May 2011). Rodents of several species seem to be quite common, lack of prey should not be the reason behind the abscence of breeding raptors  such as Kestrel.

Weasel, Solberg, May 2007
Weasel / snømus, Solberg, May 2007

Red Deer at dawn
Vole, May 2006
Deer / Hjort, Breivik, May 2006 Vole sp / markmus Microtus agrestis, a common rodent in Øygarden

Red Deer at dawn
Red Deer, May 2010

Common Shrew, March 2007
Toads are a common sight on summer nights... Shrew sp, liten spissmus Sorex minutus, Tjeldstø

Mink are numerous throughout Øygarden and are often seen swimming over channels and along the shorelines as they hunt fish and crabs. Otter are seen less frequently but there are several families in the area - often they are heard before they are seen - their piping contact call can sound rather bird-like. Unfortunately they are regularly found drowned in fishing gear; despite this the number of Otters seem to have been increasing since approximately 2007.

Otter, Febraury 2010 Mink, Nautnes, April 2014
Otter / Oter, Hjelme Vest, February 2010 Mink, Nautnes, April 2014

Mink swimming
Mink are often seen swimming in Øygarden

Mink or Otter skull?
Interesting skull found on the shore at Svellingen, January 2007

Most of the pictures on this page were taken with a DSLR fitted with a 400mm telephoto lens. Some have been taken using digiscoping techniques and others using a compact superzoom camera. For more about cameras and nature photography see the articles page.

Butterflies and moths
A variety of butterflies and moths have been recorded in Øygarden. More information about lepidoptera in Øygarden can be found on the following link:

Emperor Moth Caterpillar
Emeperor Moth caterpillar

Link to Butterflies and moths of Øygarden

Many thanks to Alf Tore Mjøs for Norwegian and scientific names for some of these animals

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