Every year thousands of cranes arrive at Lake Hornborga (Swedish; Hornborgasjön) in Västergötland in Sweden as part of the spring migration. This has become an annual feast for bird watchers, who come from afar to experience this phenomenon.
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.
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.
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.
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!