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Villgulrot - Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)

Villgulrot – Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)

Villgulroten er en toåring plante som jeg kun har funnet ett sted på Fyrsteilene. Den kan ha kommet hit med mennesker eller fuglene og er av fremmedartene på øya blandt de med minst sprednings og invasjonsfare. Fremmedartsbasen 2018 – villgulrot

Strandløk – Wild Garlic (Allium vineale)

Endelig står strandløken i blomst. De er ikke like fargerike og tallrike som gressløken, men de tar det igjen i eleganse og lengde. De enkeltsående stenglene vokser seg lange og vaier i den minste bevegelse i luften. Strandløken er en av tre villøkarter som vokser på Fyrsteilene. I tillegg til gressløk (Allium schoenoprasum) vokser også […]

Fiskemåke - Mew gull (Larus canus)

Fiskemåke – Mew gull (Larus canus)

Første uke av juli er over og fiskemåkeungene har nå bare små dotter av dun igjen. Nå testes vingene flere ganger om dagen og de har en glupskhet som tærer godt på foreldrene. Men snart er ungene flyvedyktige og med det overlates de til seg selv og foreldrene kan endelig slappe av. Få uker siden […]

Fiskemåke – Mew gull (Larus canus)

Fiskemåke – Mew gull (Larus canus)

Dette søskenparet våger seg lenger og lenger vekk fra redet for hver dag, og om en uke blir juni til juli og med det kommer tiden der fjærene vokser frem og vingene skal testes. Enn så lenge er det dun som gjelder og kort vei tilbake til redeplassen de kjenner best og der de tar […]

Hvitkinngås - Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Hvitkinngås – Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Denne tillitsfulle hvitkinngåsemoren har nå hvilt seg i over 20 minutter med sine få dager gamle unger, med meg som tilskuer i de fleste av de. Her har hun fått nok av hvile og ungen sklir ned av ryggen idet hun reiser seg. Hun og alle de andre sjøuglene på Fyrsteilene har for lengst lært […]

Hvitkinngås - Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Hvitkinngås – Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Et vakkert og skjørt øyeblikk der gåsemor slapper av med sine knøttsmå nøster som trenger litt hvile mellom alle gåturene og inntrykkene i sine første få dager av sine liv. En hvitkinngåsemor ville normalt ha blitt forsvart med iltre tilrop og vingeslag fra hannen, men jeg oppleves ikke som noen trusel for jeg og alle […]

Hvitkinngås - Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Hvitkinngås – Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Et trofast hvitkinngås hann som passer på sin partner i en eng av gressløk (Allium schoenoprasum) der blomstene er i ferd med å åpne seg. Ikke lenge siden var det gult som dominerte her på Fyrsteilene, fra blomstene til vinterkarsen (Barbarea vulgaris). Den høres slik ut:

Hvitkinngås - Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Hvitkinngås – Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

En hvitkinngås hann vokter over sine partner som ligger på egg i nærheten men som nå tar en liten matpause. En uke siden siste besøk her på Fyrsteilene, og blomstringen til vinterkarsen (Barbarea vulgaris) er nå snart på hell, men gir fremdeles en fantastisk ramme til alle fuglene som hekker her ute. Det er lenge […]

Grågås – Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

Grågås – Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

Det er mange år siden en av naboene kom til meg å sa hun hadde sett en grågås legge seg til på toppen av et skjærerede. Jeg var jo en smule skeptisk og nevnte jo at den hekker på bakken. Ikke lenge etter fikk jeg bekreftet en rugende gåsemor minst 6 meter over bakken i […]

Blue shed, Notsuke Peninsula

Blue shed, Notsuke Peninsula

During my visits to Notsuke Peninsula I experienced, snow, blue sky, and a lot in between. This is shot when the wind was battering the landscape, making it very cold and unpleasant to stay outside for more than a few minutes at a time. The owners of this blue shed, my favorite building in Hokkaido, […]

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)

Lake Kussharo, a caldera lake, is the home of many whooper swans during the winter months as a small part of it never freezes over due to hot springs. The sand on the shore is hot to the touch in some places and and warm water pours up from deep underground in other places. This […]

Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)

Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)

During the winter months male sika deer (bucks or stags) wander out to the coast, and in this case to the beautiful Notsuke Peninsula, seeking out the dense grasses and decidious bush growing here, but also the seaweeds and kelps washed ashore. Here you can get extremely close and intimate with these magnificent animals as […]

Steller’s Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)

Steller’s Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)

During the winter months the Steller’s sea-eagle follow their food source cod and pollock to the northern coast of Hokkaido. Where there’s fish also humans follow, and thus the fishery and wild stock of fish is supporting a large number of this species in winter, and in particular the months of February and March – […]

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)

White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)

During winter the white-tailed eagles are found together with the visiting Steller’s sea eagles on the northern coast of Hokkaido. Here they feast on leftovers from the fishery and handouts from the many tourists coming here just for these magnificent eagle species. The white-tailed eagle is a very large eagle, and when seen together with […]

Blue shed, Notsuke Peninsula

Blue shed, Notsuke Peninsula

The colors of the houses in Hokkaido are rather bland, dominated by beige, grey and off-white. Very different from what you encounter in the Norwegian country-side, where you’ll find buildings in bright red, blue, yellow and white. This blue shed was standing very much out in it’s unique color, which brings down the color of […]

Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)

Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)

During the winter months male sika deer (bucks or stags) wander out to the coast, and in this case to the beautiful Notsuke Peninsula, seeking out the dense grasses and decidious bush growing here, but also the seaweeds and kelps washed ashore. Here you can get extremely close and intimate with these magnificent animals as […]

Hokkaido Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes ssp. schrencki)

Hokkaido Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes ssp. schrencki)

I encountered quite a few red foxes during my days in Hokkaido, but was surprised to see so many of them injured in various ways. One had a damaged front leg and was limping. Many had a tail with sores and little hair due to mites. These hairless-tailed foxes strangely enough had normal skin and […]

Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)

Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)

During the winter months male sika deer (bucks or stags) wander out to the coast, and in this case to the beautiful Notsuke Peninsula, seeking out the dense grasses and decidious bush growing here, but also the seaweeds and kelps washed ashore. Here you can get extremely close and intimate with these magnificent animals as […]

Hokkaido Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes ssp. schrencki)

Hokkaido Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes ssp. schrencki)

I had quite a few red fox encounters in Hokkaido, and this one went straight through a group of red-crowned cranes. It was not in great shape as it limped, due to what seemed like an injury to its left front paw or leg. The cranes weren’t much disturbed by this omnivore, but did pay […]

Hokkaido Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes ssp. schrencki)

Hokkaido Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes ssp. schrencki)

I had quite a few red fox encounters in Hokkaido, and this one is heading towards a group of red-crowned cranes. It was not in great shape as it limped, due to what seemed like an injury to its left front paw or leg. The cranes weren’t much disturbed by this omnivore, but did pay […]

Cape Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus ssp. pictus)

Cape Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus ssp. pictus)

I had many incredible encounters with wild dogs during my stay in Okavango. One hunt went straight through the camp! Here you see a typical bonding behavior after a feeding. They made a kill the previous night, and at dawn I watched as they licked the last remains of the carcass accompanied with a wide […]

Southern Serval (Leptailurus serval ssp. serval)

Southern Serval (Leptailurus serval ssp. serval)

Following this beautiful southern server during its morning hunt was amazing. It did not pay much notice to my presence and I was therefore able to see its natural hunting behavior. Watching it pounce on its insect, reptile or rodent prey was as good as it gets. It was mostly strolling leisurely looking for opportunities, […]

Southern Serval (Leptailurus serval ssp. serval)

Southern Serval (Leptailurus serval ssp. serval)

Following this beautiful southern server during its morning hunt was amazing. It did not pay much notice to my presence and I was therefore able to see its natural hunting behavior. Watching it pounce on its insect, reptile or rodent prey was as good as it gets. Although this was my only such encounter during […]

South African Ground Squirrel (Geosciurus inauris)

South African Ground Squirrel (Geosciurus inauris)

The ground squirrel is as cute to us humans as any species of squirrels with their fast pace an entertaining antics. But their lives are faced with the exact same challenges as all life, and they have no clue as to what our view of cute is. This is such a huge misconception and why […]

Bicheno Blowhole, Tasmania

Bicheno Blowhole, Tasmania

The Bicheno blowhole can be magnificent if you come during optimal conditions of high waves and tide with a partly cloudy sky as seen here. Better stick around in Bicheno if you are unlucky in regards to the weather and tidal conditions on your first attempt.

Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus)

Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus)

What an amazing experience it was to see this rare spectacled bear. I spotted it driving to the next destination on my schedule, and could not believe it when I saw this bear high up a hillside. I first tried to walk, but with camera gear adding weight I had to accept defeat and hope […]

Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani)

Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani)

A frequent visitor to feeders in Ecuador and here its visiting a brugmansia trumpet flower. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3089 meters

Chestnut-crowned antpitta (Grallaria ruficapilla)

Chestnut-crowned Antpitta (Grallaria ruficapilla)

The secretive antpittas are heard for the most part and seen only when you patiently and carefully hone in on their location. Even then it will often be their incredibly beautiful and far reaching song that you will carry with you in your heart. Some extremely patient individuals have over time gained the trust of […]

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus)

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus)

This is such a unique looking species, unmistakable and like no other bird species. I’ve encountered it deep in the Canaima National Park in Venezuela, by the camp near Angel falls, and it’s just incredible to see the orange plumage stand out from the all-green foliage. Getting close to them at a lek, the site […]

Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani)

Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani)

A frequent visitor to feeders in Ecuador. Here it’s visiting one of a large number of species of fuchsia. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters

Sparkling violetear (Colibri coruscans)

Sparkling violetear (Colibri coruscans)

It resembles the lesser violetear (Colibri cyanotus), but the lesser is distinctly smaller. The lesser violetear also lacks the blue spot on the belly – seen in picture below. A White-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant) is rather small compared to the sparklilng violetear. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters

Shining sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis)⠀

Shining sunbeam (Aglaeactis cupripennis)⠀

A fitting name, as in the right light and angle the rump and lower back will truly shine brilliantly in green and purple. In all other angles it seems rather blandly colored. It sounds like this: Elevation: 3211 meters

Resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno)

Resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno)

This incredibly beautiful bird is blending so well with its environment that it can be in a tree right in front of you and you will still miss it. When perched it will sit still and only slowly move its head around to assess its surroundings, and its gorgeous long tail feathers will sway with […]

Crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica) & White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)

Crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica) & White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)

On occasion there might be a few hummingbirds feeding at the same time on a given flower, but that is usually a very brief moment in time, as many are territorial and will swoop in to chase them off. The on on the left is the woodnymph. It sounds like this: Crowned Woodnymph: White-necked Jacobin:

Chestnut-headed oropendola (Psarocolius wagleri)

Chestnut-headed oropendola (Psarocolius wagleri)

Oropendolas are omnivores and will frequent any feeding station with fruits. They are expert weavers and their hanging nests will dangle violently in strong winds, but rarely fail for the experienced builders. Their courtship vocalization not as impressive and distinct as that of the Montezuma oropendula. It sounds like this:

Variegated Squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides)

Variegated Squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides)

A common species in Costa Rica, and a frequent visitor to easy meals provided by humans – just like the squirrels in Europe and North America, except it is not a hoarder. There are several subspecies and a great variety of coloration. This one is one with a uniform coloration, but some stand out with […]

Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)

Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)

Tender love between a pair of Scarlet macaws in Costa Rica where they should be – in the wild. Watching these magnificent birds in the wild is amazing, even more so when they in some places come regularly to feed on handouts from humans and are thus so comfortable around humans that they will land […]

Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii)

Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii)

A beautiful species with a very unique vocalization that adds depth and mystery to the myriads of songs in the forest. Sometimes it will rhythmically move the tail like a pendulum in a clock. It sounds like this:

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:

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

In the soft hues of the sunrise, everything becomes magic, even more so when you see such incredible creatures as the cheetah. Unfortunately this species, as most others, is threatened. And even though Namibia seem like a haven, cheetahs are fenced in by a network of private properties, cutting off the free flow of genes, […]

Heatwave and only one tree for shade

A herd finding shade under a lone tree

These Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) are huddled together, not for warmth, but in desperation for shade. This was the only tree standing in a vast stretch of land in Etosha National Park, and had drawn these to it as the sun was understandably unbearable.

Savannah Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Savannah Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

The landscapes of Damaraland are incredibly beautiful, and when you encounter a group of desert elephants in the soft hues of sunrise, it takes your breath away. This is shot by the the dried up Huab river. This group was so pleasant, friendly and harmonious, even with two very young calves. They regularly visit wells […]

Lonely trees in Damaraland, Namibia

This particular area was absolutely stunning in the soft light of early morning – a savanna with beautifully colored dead grasses and a clutch of three small trees clinging onto life. Elevation: 403 meters

Lesser flamingo (Phoenicoparrus minor)

Lesser flamingo (Phoenicoparrus minor)

Namibias Walvis Bay is perhaps most known for its marine life. But just a bit inland there is an explosion of life in between the huge sand dunes! Huge reeds swaying the in wind tell of excellent conditions for life, and the large amounts of Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) are found here, but also Greater […]

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 […]

Hot air balloon in Namibia

What better way to experience a sunrise than in the air – silently flowing on the invisible layers of moving air, soon to be heated up by the sun. As the sun rises, the air becomes turbulent and a trip much less pleasant and unpredictable. Elevation: 719 meters

Lone tree, Namibia

A single tree has not only survived years of heat, drought and very occasional rain, but thrived to become a mature giant. Elevation: 620 meters

The Deadvlei tree

Prior to my visit unseasonal rains had turned trees, shrubs and plants green and in bloom, but the water was long gone from this particular and iconic clay pan. I was told that all of this was under water for many days and looked otherworldly, as the otherwise dry ground had become a mirror of […]

Children of the neelakurinji

Children of the neelakurinji

Barefoot, these kids are climbing a very special mountainside behind their Ooty village. For the first time in their lives the hill has become purple with flowers, and the next time this will happen, they will be 12 years older. Just about 8 times per century does this species, neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthianus), produce flowers – […]

Kannan Devan Hills Tea garden

Some tea plantations are like artwork, with countless shapes, patterns and variations of green, creating a living gallery of abstracts to the beholder. Although tea plantations are absolutely stunning in some places, like here in Kerala, they are lifeless and silent as it supports very little life. Elevation: 1959 meters

Dhole (Cuon alpinus)

Wild and rare The national parks in India with a tiger population have almost all been rebranded and renamed a tiger reserve as in the public eye the tiger is the ultimate and iconic wild being that eclipses all. So even though this is a national park, the park is all about the tigers on […]

Dholes in the monsoon

The season of abundance Without rain this gorgeous landscape would have been brown, parched and bland, and the watchful dhole (Cuon alpinus) almost impossible to see unless moving. During the monsoon it has become a beautiful garden with flowers and fresh shoots from all the plant species residing here. I have previously avoided visiting during […]

A waterfall in Lumwahnai, Meghalaya

There are so many waterfalls in Meghalaya that I wondered if mega refers to numbers of rapids and waterfalls. Only the largest and most accessible waterfalls are known and visited by tourists, but there are so many waterfalls with no names and utterly unknown except to the locals. This particular waterfall got my attention in […]

Dzukou Valley, Nagaland & Manipur

This landscape is like nothing I’ve ever encountered and is so intensely beautiful and otherworldly! From dawn till dusk the ever changing weather, light and color hues provided the most stunning show. During my time the visual was seasoned with regular and amazing thunder from neighboring valleys. At night the sky was partly starry with […]

Dzukou Valley, Nagaland & Manipur

A true valley of flowers! From afar the valley looks like a green carpet, but as you come closer you notice more and more color hues. When you finally reach the valley floor you will see an incredible density of plants and an amazing diversity of species – each blooming at a different time of […]

Yellow-throated toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus)

One of the 6 incredibly beautiful toucan species in Costa Rica, and one that happily eats human offerings like fruits. They have a diverse menu, ranging from insects, reptiles, amphibians, eggs to all kinds of fruit species. Being fruit eaters, they are important seed dispersers, and as such one of many species upholding the diversity […]

Plomme | Plum (Prunus domestica)

Winter lingered on for much too long this year, despite the sun rising ever higher in the sky. It seemed spring was skipped altogether as summer arrived out of nowhere and in no time everything was ablaze with colors and fragrance. This is a plum flower on one of my plum trees and it is […]

Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)

This mother is taking her female cubs to a new resting-play place for the hot hours to come. During the cool hours of the night the mother will hunt, and she had her kill at the previous location now exhausted. Lucky for me the tiger prefers to utilize the roads for territory borders and thus […]

Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)

Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)

Seeing a tiger in the wild is absolutely amazing, but a mother and her cubs is just so special in so many ways! Here two sisters are testing their bodies and minds against each other in the countless play fights during the cooler hours of the day, while their mother is lovingly keeping her hand […]

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 […]

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 […]

Indian Elephant (Elephas maximus ssp. indicus)

Indian Elephant (Elephas maximus ssp. indicus)

I had many amazing elephant encounters during my stay in this diverse and beautiful park, but this one touched me deeply as the encounter happened not only very surprisingly, but in the dappled morning sunlight amongst the tall tree trunks of the forest, which added an incredibly beautiful setting for these magnificent creatures. It started […]

Hanuman Langur (Semnopithecus entellus)

A very common species in India, and no exception in Corbett National Park, yet common does not mean to be ignored as there are many situations that are special and memorable. This male was crossing close to us in confidence and sat down by a tree very nearby to assert its position as leader as […]

Lord Howe Island twin peaks

The home of the rare and wonderful These beautiful twin peaks are the landmarks of the island, and holds so much more than beauty to the human eye, and is recognized with the highest honor as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tallest of the two peaks is Mt Gower at 867 meters, to the […]

Lord Howe Island twin peaks

The home of the rare and wonderful These beautiful twin peaks are the landmarks of the island, and hold so much more than beauty to the human eye, and is recognized with the highest honor as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tallest of the two peaks is Mt Gower at 867 meters, to the […]

Lord Howe Island sunset

9 out of 10 evenings during my stay on Lord Howe Island I walked the Little Island Track along the beach to the outcrop called Little Island. At first to experience the sunsets, but after just one sunset I was completely hooked. Hooked on experiencing the large numbers of seabirds. I visited in April, the […]

Lord Howe Island Bodyboarder

Knowing when to expect big surfs is one thing, but taking advantage of them when they do arrive is another. You might not see any great waves during your stay, or find out that when you were hiking the interior, there were amazing surfs lasting just a couple of hours. Locals know this all too […]

Lord Howe Island Surfer

The clarity and color of the sea here on Lord Howe Island’s Blinky Beach is absolutely stunning, and when waves are rolling in you can see the turquoise stand bright against the froth of the breaking waves when the sun is low and at a favorable angle. I have seen these colors in the arctic, […]

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 […]

Principe fungus, unknown species

Bom Bom islet, Principe Humanity is still struggling with understanding its place in the universe. Partly due to greed, short sightedness and weak government, but perhaps most importantly the deep an incomprehensible absence of feeling a connection with life! Every child is pushed through a molding process starting in kindergarten – all firmly focused on […]

Principe fungus, unknown species

Bom Bom islet, Principe With the very same color as the decaying leaves on the ground this is a species that is easily missed, even though it is quite large. I encountered many brightly colored fungi species on this islet, some were magnets to insects, but this one is very different and also was free […]

Chandra river, Spiti

The water in this river (also called Cheneb river) comes from the glaciers which are slowly releasing less and less water as the winter approaches. Soon this landscape will be all white and very desolate as the road will be closed until summer once again wins over winter. I got a reminder of how close […]

Chandra river, Spiti

A very different experience when all colors are removed. The water in this river (also called Cheneb river) comes from the glaciers which are slowly releasing less and less water as the winter approaches. Soon this landscape will be all white and very desolate as the road will be closed until summer once again wins […]

Chandra river, Spiti

Chandra river, Spiti

The water in this river (also called Cheneb river) comes from the glaciers which are slowly releasing less and less water as the winter approaches. Soon this landscape will be all white and very desolate as the road will be closed until summer once again wins over winter. I got a reminder of how close […]

Chandra river, Spiti

The water in this river (also called Cheneb river) comes from the glaciers which are slowly releasing less and less water as the winter approaches. Soon this landscape will be all white and very desolate as the road will be closed until summer once again wins over winter. I got a reminder of how close […]

Drueblå kremle | Brittlegill (Russula azurea)

The brittlegill fungi come in an incredible variety of colors, and often change hues throughout their growth. I found this one under a conifer in near proximity to a small stream, draining a swampy pond in the hills behind my house. A spider has found refuge under its cap and is free to leave anytime, […]

Skarp rustbrunpigg | Bleeding tooth fungus (Hydnellum peckii)

The diversity and number of mushrooms growing in the forest now is more than I can remember in decades. It is absolutely incredible! I usually find the conspicuous species like the Fly agaric individually and far between, and some autumns they have been hard to find. Now they are growing in huge clusters and with […]

Rød fluesopp | Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)

The forest is full of this species now, and they grow in the open or in the densest of forests like these two. I found them in a very dense and dark conifer forest with hardly anything growing on the ground and they stood out like torches. These two were the youngest specimens of a […]

Mørkfiolett slørsopp | Violet webcap (Cortinarius violaceus)

This year the autumn has a very special event – a profusion of species and numbers of fungi. It’s like a secret festival of the fungi realm, and we better watch, as this might not happen in a very, very long time. This has added a new dimension to this transitional time between summer and […]

Stankstorkenebb | Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

Summer is well underway now, and thus many plant species are producing fruits, and in this case a very artistic one at that. When ripe these amazing looking bills will open up to what looks like a dry flower with seeds in each section, or petal if you like. The glandular hairs seen here are […]

Golden langur (Trachypithecus geei)

Yesterday I passed this very spot, and had what I thought an amazing encounter with this group of langurs, preparing for the night. I was on my way back to the hotel, and was stopping here to photograph the rising moon. Instead I found this group of langurs and completely dropped the idea of shooting […]

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. […]

Barking deer (Muntiacus vaginalis)

This is the second image from the amazing encounter with the orphaned barking deer in the care of Dema the farmer. Dema owns a farm across the road from the Trogon Villa I stayed at for several nights, and this was the first of two encounters with this lovely deer, as I was fortunate to […]

Collared owlet (Taenioptynx brodiei)

Collared owlet (Taenioptynx 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 […]

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 […]

Silhouette Island, Seychelles

More than 90% of this island is protected, and only a small slice of land on the eastern shores is developed. Walk the trails or alongside the shores and you will be completely alone and in a truly amazing setting. The foreground in this image is a reminder of what is the very foundation of […]

Praslin, Seychelles

Praslin, Seychelles

A very different experience when all colors are removed. Once upon a time Seychelles was part of the Gondwana supercontinent but now the granite islands are resting on the isolated North Seychelles Bank. All around is an abyss thousands of meters deep. Indeed Seychelles is an island domain above as well as below the ocean […]

Praslin, Seychelles

Once upon a time Seychelles was part of the Gondwana supercontinent but now the granite islands are resting on the isolated North Seychelles Bank. All around is an abyss thousands of meters deep. Indeed Seychelles is an island domain above as well as below the ocean surface. The granite boulders look smooth and inviting from […]

Ekorn / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

This summer has been the most fun in all the years I’ve lived here, when it comes to squirrels. For some reason at least two female squirrels have made nests in the trees on my property and raised their litters here. One day they were all out, and it was crawling with tiny and ultra […]

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

A young walrus resting comfortably on ice from the calving icecap (which can be seen in the back) of the White island (Kvitøya) – the easternmost of the Svalbard islands. Just a few years back the glacier covered this very spot, and there were few icebergs coming off it – now it’s melting so fast […]

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

My close encounter with the population of walrus on the eastern side of the White Island (Kvitøya) was magical! First and foremost the sheer numbers, as this is a species that has been so severely hunted in the past that it was headed for extinction. For this reason it was protected in Norway in 1952. […]

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

Mother and cub checking out new possibilities on the summer sea ice north of Spitsbergen. They evoke so many feelings in humans, and I am no exception, as I simply cannot help myself and say “aaaww” when I look at the cub in the image. But during the encounter my heart was filled with awe, […]

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

A mother of one cub after a feed on a seal carcass. The seal was brought down by a huge male, which fed, and fed until it could swallow no more and withdrew to rest between the feasting. During these intervals this mother sneaked up to the seal with her cub and ate all they […]

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

We had to go further north than ever before to reach the sea ice this year, and after a long while searching in vain we finally noticed a huge male gorging on a seal carcass. Moments later we noticed a female with a cub lying down, waiting for the moment when the male was once […]

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

These clumsy and fat mammals on land are amazingly fast and agile in the ocean! This encounter by the Seven Islands (Sjuøyane), Svalbard is from a zodiac, and they swam towards us to check us out as if this was a strange and much larger than usual member of their species. They even swam underneath […]

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 […]