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Today I went back to Elsinore to look for the Water Pipit. I found it but I was not able to get any pictures.

Some #9 Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) were far out from the Shore.

They are starting to develop the Summer plumage.

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Today it was time for some gardening. Luckily I kept binoculars and camera close by. The Island is not known for its autumn migration but occasionnally the wind brings the birds in this direction

Back at the reserve in Nivaa today it was really cold and windy. This pretty bird was sunning itself which was lucky for me as normally they skulk in the reedbeds. #16 Water Rail (Rallus aquati

Yesterday I went to the ponds of the old Sugar factory. #99 (IOM 89) Eurasian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)   No 100 is getting close 

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mvecht

I went to the local reserve in Nivå, Denmark this morning.

This is a good place for #10 Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) although as usual a little to far away for a really good picture.

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Leaving the reserve I got really lucky with our resident 2 cy Common Buzzard.

As I was getting into the car I noticed the Buzzard sitting on a pole next to the road 50m away. When I approached it it flew into a nearby tree and then almost immediately went down to get a Mouse less than 20m from where two other people and me were standing.

 

#11 Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

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Galana

Any Kingfisher photo is a good one in my book.

The Buzzard sequence is great too. Top marks for the 2nd one looking hard at you.

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PeterHG

I love your Buzzard sequence! I agree with @Galanaabout the second picture. This is what the mouse was looking at in its last moments..;)

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Peter Connan

Lovely buzzard and kingfisher!

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Kitsafari

great buzzard shots - love that 2nd photo too, it's as if it's assessing if you will steal its kill.

 

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TonyQ

Well done with the Buzzard

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mvecht

@Galana @PeterHG @Peter Connan@KitsafariThank you for the nice comments. I really like number two as well. Further processing the pictures today I found this one that I also quite like.

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michael-ibk

Fantastic Buzzard shots!

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elefromoz

Terrific Buzzard shots. That mouse looks just like an appetiser, will barely touch the sides. 

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Zim Girl

Great Buzzard sighting and pictures.

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Dave Williams

I see Buzzards regularly but getting close is really difficult .Well done, love the one with the mouse!

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mvecht

Currently it is not easy to find good locations during the weekends. With all other activities closed people are actually venturing out into the nature!

Today I went to the local reserve in Nivaa, Denmark.

After about 20 minutes all Cormorants, Geese, Ducks etc took to the wings. After about a minute a young White-tailed Eagle (Haliaetus albicilla)  #12 appeared.
The local crows kept it busy and it disappeared towards Sweden.

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The Teals are getting quite active

#13 Common Teal (Anas crecca) 

Female

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mvecht

I expect to get better pictures of the nominate species later in the year but this subspecies is normally only seen during the winter.

#14 Redshank (Tringa totanus robusta) This subspecies is normally found in Iceland and in Denmark it is referred to as Icelandic Redshank.

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Galana

Curious as to how you tell the difference. Do they perhaps call in Icelandic?

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mvecht
32 minutes ago, Galana said:

Curious as to how you tell the difference. Do they perhaps call in Icelandic?

@Galana I was too far away to hear if it spoke Icelandic:D
Seeing a Redshank this time of year in Denmark typically indicates the "Icelandic" species.

They are slightly bigger than the nominate species hence the name RobustaB), however when you only see a single bird this is not useful for 100% identification.

The neck and sides are more evenly coloured and this is a strong indicator.

This particular bird has been around for a few weeks and has been positively identified by some of the local experts.
You can probably aalso find this subspecies in IOM this time of year.

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Galana
1 hour ago, mvecht said:

You can probably also find this subspecies in IOM this time of year.

Yes. I have just read up about it so it should/could be here. Just never heard of it until today.

 

I can't have IOM(DK) having something IOM(GB) does not.:lol:

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mvecht

@Galana no IOM (DK) counts yet, but they will come soon:rolleyes: . We are moving in less than two weeks from now.

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TonyQ

Interesting to hear about the Icelandic Redshank. We saw loads of them on Iceland a couple of years ago, but I didn't know they were of a different sub-species.

Were they bigger? - I just thought they are not so far away.......

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Galana
1 hour ago, TonyQ said:

I just thought they are not so far away.....

Use the telescope from the other end and count another species.:D

 

@mvechtTwo weeks to go then. That coincides with the end of our lockdown and hopefully better weather to mop up any lingering winter visitors before the spring influx.

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michael-ibk

Always great to see a White-Tailed Eagle. Interesting about the Icelandic Redshank, never knew.

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mvecht

Strong wind and temperatures below freezing made the trip to the local reserve in Nivaa, Denmark rather short.
Instead I went to the neighbouring forest and found these.

#15 Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus caudatus and Aegithalos caudatus europaeus)

It gets complicated with the different subspecies as they do mix and interbreed. Apparently 17 races are recognized.

Picture number 2 is fairly typical of the Northern race (caudatus caudatus) with white head and no pink on the breast.

No. 3 is much more typical of the European race with pink on the breast.

However I am not an expert so they could also be of mixed race.

 

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Galana
30 minutes ago, mvecht said:

Apparently 17 races are recognized.

I find Tits of any race equally attractive.

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