Several hours ago I watched the total solar eclipse which coincided with spring equinox. In Svalbard, March is one of the coldest months, and here you can see the sea is almost frozen over. With more sunny and calm days like this and this will be solid ice! Not spring as most of us like […]
This total eclipse of the sun was very hard to see from land as only the islands of Svalbard and Faroe was in the path of totality. Just 3 days before the eclipse I decided to go to Svalbard! One because the weather forecast was good, and much better than that of the Faroe, but […]
I found a huge number of this species. At night they were crawling everywhere on land – wherever I walked these crabs were foraging. These shots are right after sunset, and they were very busy on the beach. None of the other beaches I visited had a population like this.
It’s amazing how birds can navigate vast distances and find tiny plates of food like this small lagoon in the middle of the Shuab valley on the west coast of Socotra. Unknown why, many of the grey mangrove trees are dead and it seems there is little regrowth, which could suggest that the mangroves are […]
I found quite a few of this species in the small mangrove lagoon in the Shuab valley of western Socotra. They are migrants and will soon leave northwards to their breeding ground. It’s incredible how they have found this small speck of water on a tiny speck of rock in the vastness of the Indian […]
This is the second of just 3 bird species I encountered at this lagoon in the Shuab valley on the west coast of Socotra. Here it’s resting in the warm light of the low-hanging sun in the west. Opposed to the Black-winged stilts, I found only one of this species.
In the middle of the beautiful Shuab beach there is a small brackish lake and a mangrove forest. From afar it looks lush, healthy and promising, but up close it is a another story. The forest seems unhealthy with lot of dead trees, as well as many cut hard by humans. I doubt this forest […]
The small mangrove forest in the middle of the Shuab beach provide soothing shade in the midday sun, and I was in luck as it was in bloom during my visit. With flowers come insects and I stuck around a while to enjoy them and the shade. Socotra is a windy island, and shooting a […]
This was the first of many species of butterflies I encountered on Socotra, and here I found at least 6 of them. Here it’s finding food in the flowers of the endemic Limonium sokotranum on the Shuab beach of west Socotra. Please help me identify it – leave a comment
A very hardy and salt tolerant species that I found commonly close to the ocean, as here on the beautiful beach of Shuab in west Socotra. Many of the plants have salt crystals even on the flowers! Endemic.
The second butterfly species I encountered around the mangrove forest on Shuab beach of west Socotra. As long as the endemic Limonium sokotranum is in bloom the butterflies have plenty of food as they are very common here.
I was lucky to see parts of Socotra from the sea, and this is on the way to Shuab – one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to. From the ocean you can truly appreciate the sheer cliffs, the sea birds, and most of all the fish swimming underneath your boat. I […]
Resembles H. wagneri and shoabense, but the two have a very limited range, and I therefore assume this is a young specimen of socotranunum. Found on the beach of Detwah with many goats, so they might not reach mature sizes here.
A very common resident on lower levels, as here on the slopes around the Detwah lagoon of west Socotra. They are hard to see when not moving, and sometimes I’ve been very close to stepping on them I thought. But reptiles are quick, and always escape, fortunately. Perhaps the most beautiful feature is the orange […]
This species thrives on the flats close to the ocean, and are very small and inconspicuous. In fact I had to use my macro to see the flowers! Lots of goats roam the areas around the Detwah lagoon of west Socotra where these are photographed, and they trample the ground and the small plants, but […]