Roseate Spoonbill

US, Florida, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Black Point Wildlife Drive. Roseate Spoonbill. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

US, Florida, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Black Point Wildlife Drive. Roseate Spoonbill. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

The Roseate Spoonbill belong to the same family as the Ibis, and can be found both in South and North America, mostly in shallow fresh or coastal waters. It’s closest relative is the Yellow Spoonbill. it is a rather large bird with 120–133 cm wingspan and a body mass of 1.2–1.8 kg.

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Winter is coming at Revtangen

The Common Ringed Plover is a small plover. At Revtangen on Jaeren, south west Norway. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

The Common Ringed Plover is a small plover. At Revtangen on Jaeren, south west Norway. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Winter is coming. At Revtangen bird observatory south of Stavanger that means time for action, but fortunately of a peaceful nature. Autumn is high season for bird ringing when it comes to migratory species like waders.

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Penguins on the Beach

Boulders Beach near Cape Town in South Africa has a colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Penguins on Boulders Beach. It is a popular tourist stop because of a colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Until I visited South Africa a couple of years ago I’ve never seen a penguin in the wild.  And I certainly didn’t expect to meet some on the African continent. But there they were, happily bouncing around on a beach not far from Cape Town. Boulders Beach is a sheltered bay located on the Cape Peninsula near Simonstown. Also known as Boulders Bay, it is a part of the Table Mountain National Park.

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Ruddy Turnstone – Getting cold feet

The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a small wading bird. It is a highly migratory bird breeding in northern parts of Eurasia and North America and flying south to winter on coastlines almost worldwide. It is the only species of turnstone in much of its range and is often known simply as Turnstone. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a small wading bird. It is a highly migratory bird breeding in northern parts of Eurasia and North America and flying south to winter on coastlines almost worldwide. It is the only species of turnstone in much of its range and is often known simply as Turnstone. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Autumn is getting closer and many birds get ready to migrate. Wading birds are a common sight these days, and I was lucky to catch a few of them on “film” a few days ago not far from Stavanger. Photographing water birds can be a wet experience, and I think my feet was as wet as these Turnstones. Just look at the expression on the right one when a heavy drop of water hits his beak!

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A colourful meeting

Mandarin Duck in Mosvannet lake, Stavanger, Norway. The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41-49 cm long with a 65-75 cm wingspan. The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. The species was once widespread in eastern Asia, but the destruction of habitats have reduced the populations. Specimens frequently escape from collections, and may be seen as far north as Scandinavia. (Bjorn Grotting)

Mandarin Duck in Mosvannet lake, Stavanger, Norway. The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41-49 cm long with a 65-75 cm wingspan. The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. The species was once widespread in eastern Asia, but the destruction of habitats have reduced the populations. Specimens frequently escape from collections, and may be seen as far north as Scandinavia. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

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