Thursday, August 28, 2014

Breivatnet after work

Out on Breivatnet ... testing handholdability of a recently acquired Sigma 300/2.8 (used) ... nicee to have the 2.8 max aperture however not as light as the ED400/5.6. I'm still fumbling with flight shots using the 300, understandbly heavier with much more glass.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Quick impromptu dash to Naerland this morning

I missed Spring migration completely this year ... spent 3 weeks in Malaysia mid June, so days prior to that was filled up with catching up on items requiring attention prior to the holiday. I managed zero birdwatching time while back in Malaysia ... decided to not bring any birding gear for holiday.

Came back to Norway at the height of summer and the month of Ramadhan ... I should've been able to do some birding but all the lethargy practically stumped all opportunities of getting up and about to birdwatch.

This morning I thought I'd get in on some Autumn migration action before it too passes by in case I blinked. As per last year, Naerland did not dissappoint ... being Sunday morning there weren't too many people walking about. Other birders were either busy at Reve (saw several vehicles parked by the roadside), occupied ticking off rarities as a result of the big storm last night or were still at church.

There were many waders this morning although the beach was not yet at it's full potential capacity. The birds were probably just starting their journey south. Most were Dunlins (in resplendant summer colors), Common Ring Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Stint, Rednecked Stint, Bar-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, Grey Plover, Redshank and Curlew (in the fields nearby). Dunlin were in highest number.

Other birds in the area were Common Eider, Cormorants (in flight), Greylag Goose (in flight), Ruddy Shelduck (in flight).

Note :

Going out on a whim isn't always a good idea unless you don't plan to take any pictures. I loaded the car with a large tripod, the big lens ... halfway through the journey I remembered the camera body had an almost depleted battery. Felt blessed that I was compelled to also bring a smaller 100D when I entered the car this morning. Even at only 4frames/sec I managed to come home with some pictures. Reminder to self, "Pack the night before, charge all batteries after each trip and plan ahead!"