Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Risavika Again ...

After several outings here at Risavika Havn, it seems that this place is great for early morning waterbirds during calm weather days.

The Velvet Scoters are here daily, even the male was inside the bay one morning ... the day I popped over without a camera nor bino. The Goldeneye either in pairs or rafts are seen regularly. They were close enough for some pictures too on a couple of occasions. The Common Widgeon seems always there with the Mallards. Cormorants are usually gathered on a small rocky island nearby, too far for a close photo but there's usually one or two flying overhead. Common Eider pops in and out and always foraging close to shore.

The nicer recent surprises were the Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) , Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) and Common Loon (Gavia immer). All were seen in the very early morning close to shore during calm almost no wind days, I suspect they were first winter birds.

Very early morning shoots with a long lens has always been a bit of a challenge. Low light, flash, and flash attachment are always not easy to maneuver ... by the time the set up is ready and propped, the quarry is all but a dot in the dark. You can forget about shooting on those cold windy days with all those accoutrements.

However on good days, being in Risavika just for the sunrise is worth getting over there.

Warning : It's a long video with a wide view ... a couple of ducks towards the end though.

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