Archive for 'Birds'

Collared aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)

One of several species of Toucan found in Costa Rica. If you have papaya or bananas growing or laying around, they will definitely come. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 1400 Shutter speed: 1/400 s

Northern black korhaan (Afrotis afraoides)

A female northern black korhaan, one of the smaller species of bustards, pausing for a few seconds. That is when it’s really hard to see as it blends in so well with the dry vegetation. The male is, as most often, much more conspicuous both in sound, behaviour and plumage, which is black and white […]

Kori bustard (Ardeotis kori)

This is an amazing bird, one of the largest flying bird species on the planet. Yet you rarely see it fly, but when you do it’s very clear how large this species is. The species is near threatened, so doing better than its Eurasian cousin the great bustard (Otis tarda), which is vulnerable. Hopefully it […]

Southern yellow-billed hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

A common species in Namibia, and I enjoyed their vocalizations them in the early mornings, sometimes singing from the tree closet to my tent and answering its mate in a duet. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/8 Camera: NIKON D4S Focal length: 700mm ISO: 220 Shutter speed: 1/1000 s

Secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius)

A truly spectacular bird with a popular name I have never understood. This is an endangered species, and I encountered very few of them and treasured every encounter, as this is a truly amazing looking bird. The secretary bird is a formidable hunter, and the prey, be it insects or mammals stand little chance once […]

Great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)

Namibia’s Walvis Bay area is rich in wildlife, reliant on the abundance of marine life found in the cold and nutrient rich Atlantic waters, governed by the Benguela Current. The abundant marine life attracts wildlife and humans in hordes, and with this abundance comes lots of opportunities for those who are able to see them. […]

Lesser flamingo (Phoenicoparrus minor)

There are two species of flamingo in Namibia, the other species is the greater flamingo which has a dark tip on a pink beak. I found large groups of flamingos wading in the brackish waters not far inland from Walvis Bay. It is separated from the coast with kilometers of desert, which makes it appear […]

Lesser flamingo (Phoenicoparrus minor)

A single, juvenile, greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) resting in a flock of lesser flamingos in Walvis Bay, Namibia. It was cloudy this day, as so many days by the coast. Some days the sun breaks through just before the sunset, other days not at all. This makes it much cooler than just a few kilometers […]

Rüppell’s Korhaan (Eupodotis rueppellii)

Bustards blend in perfectly with the desert landscape and in withered vegetation, and often not seen unless they are moving. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/8 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 800 Shutter speed: 1/800 s

Changeable hawk-eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus)

A juvenile looking for opportunities as daylight is fading. When excited they will raise their crest, hence the other commonly used name – crested eagles. This individual was at ease and it crest-feathers were resting and only visible in profile. Changeable is in fact a good name, as this species has two forms – one […]

Small niltava (Niltava macgrigoriae)

A very active individual, singing out to the world that he’s strong, healthy and the leader of this land for his species. Often you’ll hear this species singing from the thickets, barely visible, but this one was out in the sunshine for all to see. It sounds like this: Elevation: 2210 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: […]

Grey treepie (Dendrocitta formosae)

Saari Village, Uttarakhand, India In flight this tail is all fun, but when perched it can be somewhat cumbersome after landing, as it comes on the way of branches, as seen here. Every such entanglement takes a toll on the feathers, and it is all up to the bird to constantly tend to it by […]

Dark-breasted rosefinch (Procarduelis nipalensis)

A beautiful high-elevation dweller, seen here around the Tungnath temple during the full moon of April 2018. The winters are harsh here, but on the last day of April the landscape is full of alpine flowers and warm sunshine. It blends well in the landscape and is hard to spot when still on the ground. […]

Oriental turtle dove (Streptopelia orientalis)

As the day is nearing its end, this individual is resting atop this tree stub as it’s possibly well fed for the day. If not disturbed it might stay overnight. This species is commonly seen and heard throughout India and Eurasia. It sounds like this: Elevation: 2718 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D4S Focal length: […]

Grey bush chat (Saxicola ferreus)

During my stay in Chopta I encountered an amazing array of animal species in biomes ranging from alpine to dense forest slopes and valleys and farms. Each with unique flora and fauna. The landscape is dramatic and in many of the steepest slopes there are deep scars from past monsoons. Some places it seemed something […]

Koklass pheasant (Pucrasia macrolopha)

Encountering this koklass pheasant peacefully feeding off the juicy spring shoots and buttercup flowers was a wonderful experience. Not a sound of human activity in the air. Just nature and the sounds, sights and scents of an early spring morning. It sounds like this: Elevation: 2562 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D4S Focal length: 800mm […]

Koklass pheasant (Pucrasia macrolopha)

The many species of pheasant found in the Himalayas is incredible, and seeing them up close on the road like this is exiting as it is surprising. Yet it is a sign they are not disturbed by humans up here in Kedarnath Reserve National Park. During morning and late evening you’ll hear the calls of […]

Himalayan monal (Lophophorus impejanus)

The state bird of Uttarakhand, and and incredibly beautiful bird. In Chopta and by most temples this is a commonly seen bird that will come up close, and happily eat handouts of rice and other tidbits from visitors and residents alike. This one is shot in Kedarnath Reserve National Park, and is in wild and […]

Oriental magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis)

In the dry season water is critical, and if you provide access to water on your property you’re certain to attract all the local bird species, and many mammals as well. This is shot at such a location – not far from a creek that also attracts many birds, but where the photographic setting is […]

Orange-headed thrush (Geokichla citrina)

In the dry season water is critical, and if you provide access to water on your property you’re certain to attract all the local bird species, and many mammals as well. This is shot at such a location – not far from a creek that also attracts many birds, but where the photographic setting is […]

Himalayan bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys)

A beautiful pose of a bird you’ll hear and see throughout the Himalayas. Here it’s on its way to drinking water provided by a house owner during the dry season. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1460 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D4S Focal length: 800mm ISO: 2200 Shutter speed: 1/320 s

Rufous-bellied niltava (Niltava sundara)

In the dry season water is critical, and if you provide access to water on your property you’ll certain to attract all the local bird species, and many mammals as well. This is shot at such a location – not far from a creek that also attracts many birds, but where the photographic setting is […]

Grey-winged blackbird (Turdus boulboul)

Nothing feels better than a thorough soak in pond during the dry season. In the dry season many people offer permanent water sources for the birds and local wildlife, and these places are great locations to watch the local species. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1460 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D4S Focal length: 800mm […]

Red junglefowl (Gallus gallus)

This is a common species, but nonetheless a beautiful one, especially when you can see it in the open like here, where it was foraging in the leaf litter and strutting around to seemingly reaffirm its splendor to the two females foraging with him. Later it appeared I would encounter this species many times, but […]

Principe sunbird (Anabathmis hartlaubii)

I arrived in Principe just in time to enjoy the birds building nests or just in the early stages of incubation. I even followed a pair in the process of completing a nest just outside the window of my room. I found this male further inland from the hotel, an it’s is most likely guarding […]

Principe weaver (Ploceus princeps)

Although Principe is a small island, its diversity is still largely intact and thus most of the endemic species are common and widespread. When I arrived here the building of nests was in full swing. The males were completely absorbed in courting the females, fencing off any competing males and completing their nest building. It […]

Grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus)

An endangered widow This amazing species is yet another example of how selfish human desires to keep exotic pets drives a species to extinction. Why is it so hard to understand that keeping a bird captive does not benefit anyone? This delusional idea that the pet has been bred from long standing captive populations and […]

Principe kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus nais)

During my stay on Principe I had a lot of lovely encounters with one of the resident pairs of Principe kingfishers. If I was inside my room and heard the familiar calls I would look outside and find one or more of them in one of their favorite perches. Perhaps the most popular was that […]

Kalij pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos)

On my way down from an amazing sunrise near the Dochula Pass I encountered this gorgeous male strolling leisurely with his mate which was blending in perfectly with the landscape. This is one of several amazing species of pheasants roaming the Himalayas and they are like birds from a fairy tale. Beauty is in the […]

Grey treepie (Dendrocitta formosae)

This is one of many opportunities that just presented itself after I had given up on getting any good captures during my Bhutan journey. I had just finished my morning photo session and was on my way back to the hotel when I saw this group sitting out in the open chit-chatting. Although common, I’m […]

Black-throated sunbird (Aethopyga saturata)

Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan Sunbirds are strikingly colorful, and you definitely get associations to the hummingbirds of the New World. Depending on the angle of the light the colors might seem bland or like flashes of iridescence, but come rain or shine, they are colorful. This was shot on a cloudy day, and the […]

Striated Laughingthrush (Garrulax striatus)

Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan I encountered this species many times during my time in Bhutan, but rarely in clear view like this. In fact I thought I was missing out on yet another clear shot here, as it was deep inside a raspberry thicket, gorging in yellow rubus berries. I’m not certain which species, […]

Rufous-gorgeted flycatcher (Ficedula strophiata)

One of a large number of bird species visiting the countless Rhodondendron trees in bloom. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3267 meters. Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D4S Focal length: 800mm ISO: 140 Shutter speed: 1/400 s

Rufous-vented yuhina (Yuhina occipitalis)

This was perhaps just another spring morning here in Bhutan, but to me it was such a special time at this location. This day started with such a beautiful and colorful dawn with snowcapped mountains in the distance and a forest ablaze with flowering rhododendrons around me. And with flowers come birds – in droves! […]

White-browed fulvetta (Fulvetta vinipectus)

The colorful background in this image is one of the countless inflorescences of the amazing rhododendron. I was fortunate to travel in Bhutan as the rhododendron bloom was at its best, and all the rhododendrons were attracting so many birds. And me. Many species were feasting on the huge quantity of pollen, some for the […]

Red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)

This was such a beautiful spring morning, with soft light, haze and mist in layers low above the farmland. The air perfectly still. There were quite a number of choughs roaming around the fields. Some perched and surveying the opportunities, while others were busy in groups. And then there were the couples like these two […]

Himalayan monal (Lophophorus impejanus)

Although this is not a threatened species that does not mean it is either common to see, despite its amazing iridescent plumage, or easy to find. This particular location, Choeje Dra Monastery, is known to be a rare spot where they can be seen regularly as the monks hand out rice leftovers that attracts many […]

Blood pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus)

After a beautiful sunrise as we were ascending towards the pass we encountered the first of several blood pheasants here. I find both male and females really beautiful in their own right. The male is flamboyant and conspicuous, but the female blends so amazingly with the surroundings. Unfortunately I did not have the camera on […]

Fire-tailed sunbird (Aethopyga ignicauda)

Driving ever higher, seeing more and more frost from last night, together with larger and larger patches of snow, one might not expect to see such lavishly colored birds. At least not so small – which means there must be lots of nectar producing plants up here to provide sufficient energy to stay in shape. […]

Red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)

This was my very first encounter of this species, and what a lovely first contact. These two were enjoying what seemed like true affection and love for each other. The left one was the active one, preening the one on the right in many ways and parts of the body. The receiver closed the eyes […]

Hoary-throated barwing (Actinodura nipalensis)

Experiencing the rhododendron forests in bloom is an amazing experience in many ways as they are a magnet to so many incredible bird species. Sometimes you may arrive at a location in full bloom to find just a few sunbirds and some other species only to experience an influx of species foraging. But they often […]

Small niltava (Niltava macgrigoriae)

One of many small bird species not often seen, but its lovely song will tell you it’s there somewhere in the thickets. Every now and then it might venture out in the open, or on a favorite perch from where it will sing its announcements to the world according to its understanding of it. This […]

Crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela)

Without a long lens I would not have had any idea that this bird had blood around the corner of the mouth, and thus recently having had a kill and meal. Being content I guess it simply sat here to watch over its territory, perhaps feeling an achievement of having conquered it and its bounties. […]

Rufous-necked hornbill (Aceros nipalensis)

This incredible looking and large bird species is surprisingly not that easy to see as it can sit silently on a branch, barely turning the head to assess the availability of food around it. But when it decides to go to a higher branch you definitely locate it by the whooshing sound of the flapping […]

Rufous-necked hornbill (Aceros nipalensis)

This is a female, resting amidst the fresh leaves of spring. She has seen many springs and knows well what it brings, were to get the best food, where the best nesting holes are, as well as what she likes in a male. She is a living record of many encounters, and will share them […]

Blue-bearded bee-eater (Nyctyornis athertoni)

My first objective is to get a shot of a new (to me) bird species, then to get ever closer and thus better pictures. More often than not I experience a non-obliging bird taking off even before I’ve been able to point my camera in their direction. Much less reaching focus. This day had not […]

Black-tailed crake (Amaurornis bicolor)

It’s quite amazing to hear this loud and striking sound and not being able to see where it comes from. In this case, all I saw was a waterlogged landscape with lush vegetation surrounding rice fields, and this sound. Is it far, close by, or just under your nose? At first I thought it was […]

Himalayan bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys)

A bird with lovely simple vocalizations that you hear throughout Bhutan and the Himalayas and is one of 9 species in Bhutan. You will see this common species on a prayer flag pole, a roof top, on a power line, or in a tree. Out in the open or wherever it prefers it will babble […]

Grey-sided bush warbler (Cettia brunnifrons)

It’s amazing how such tiny bird species (just think of the house wren for instance) can produce such loud sounds, and that it is done so with seemingly no more energy than us having a conversation. The loudest pitch is heard far and wide, but come up close and you will also hear those intimate […]

Chestnut-bellied rock thrush (Monticola rufiventris)

What is a beautiful melody to us is dead serious to the bird as it is perched high to announce its presence to competitors and assure its claim to the area around him. Spring is a short but incredibly beautiful season in so many ways as that is when all species are at their most […]

Blue-throated barbet (Psilopogon asiaticus)

Barbets are such colorful birds and when seen out in the open on a naked branch, you would not think of this as a bird very hard to locate once it’s in the trees. Unless they are singing, all you see are moving branches and perhaps some fruits falling to the ground during their foraging. […]

Red-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)

No matter how common a species is I love to capture them when they have positioned themselves in an aesthetic or artistic way, and this one was in no rush to leave this branch. Bhutan has 9 species of bulbuls, so there is plenty of opportunities to capture them in beautiful locales. It sounds like […]

Long-tailed sibia (Heterophasia picaoides) on a Flame of the forest (Butea sp)

To the human eye a tree with just these flaming inflorescences is a wonder to behold, but for pollinators and nectar hunters alike this is a welcome and very popular food station. As this tree species shed its leaves in the dry season it is a definite sign of spring when the naked branches carry […]

Collared owlet (Glaucidium brodiei)

This very small owl (smaller than a common starling – just around 15 cm in length) is easy to miss if it doesn’t move, or stand out like it does here against the fog. It has striking pattern on the back of the head resembling another set of eyes, and if you look closer you’ll […]

Yellow-cheeked tit (Machlolophus spilonotus)

A brief encounter of one of the many species (12 to date) of tits. It was foraging inside thickets alongside the road and was easy to see but very hard to photograph with all the branches in the way. Here it was accidentally posing for me for a very brief moment. It sounds like this: […]

Rufous-necked hornbill (Aceros nipalensis)

The first time you encounter this large bird it’s hard to be silent! I for one just uttered WOW! This amazingly beautiful male was scanning the surroundings, possibly for food, and it was amazing to watch as he slowly turned his head and giant beak as the eyes focused on finding whatever he was looking […]

Flaggspett | Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

This youngster is fully capable of catching its own food by now, but conveniently sits on this dead branch hoping the parents will continue the feeding. Its incessant calling and nagging still seems to strike a cord with the parents as they frantically roam the trees for food which they conveniently deliver on this branch […]

Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

During my stay in Sydney I got real close to a family of kookaburras residing in the park just outside the house of my friend Pia Lindgren. First of all I was amazed by how tame they were. They could sit on the ground or on a branch, and when I slowly walked outside to […]

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

This wonderfully colored bird is definitely into a balanced diet, as it will gladly take handouts like apples from us humans. In fact this is one of many pairs that regularly visit the garden of my friend in Sydney, and while there I could sit or stand very close to them. They primarily came to […]

Socotra starling (Onychognathus frater)

This is the only confirmed photograph of both sexes of the endemic species I got during my visit, as this is a couple (both sexes look the same, opposed to the Somali starling where the female has a grey upper body), and I heard their mellow one-note vocalization, which resembles that of the Eurasian bullfinch. […]