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Staring at the Sun

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // After the close encounter with the roe deer, while I was lurking with my camouflage at the edge of the forest, a sparrow hawk flew towards me.

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SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // For those who are passionate and love birdwatching, now as in spring it is certainly the best time of the year, especially if, like me, they are in one of the most important passages of the European migratory flow.

A known and an Unknown Eagle

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // Do you remember the two eagles that passed right over my head?
Well, I was able to read all 4 digits of the identification ring and I received the response from the Swedish Bird Identification Center (Ringmärkningscentralen).

Stunts in the Sky

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // Stunts in the sky by the osprey. Perfect day from the photographic point of view: a couple of hours in Nature, to get away from the computer, and I brought home a more than satisfactory result, with 4 ospreys coming and going all the time.

Ah, You Again

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // I had already photographed this buzzard from afar, and many other times I had seen and admired it. Knowing where animals live is also this, returning to the usual places and see what’s gonna happen. Who knows, maybe she recognised me as I learned to recognise her.

So Close

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // So close to almost touch them. So close to not knowing which one to choose to take a picture of.. So close to hear the flap of their immense wings. So close to look them straight in the eyes.

The Common Kestrel

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // Among all the birds of prey present on Swedish territory, one of the smallest is the common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) and is certainly also one of the most characteristic and easy to spot. Of small dimensions (up to 36 cm long, 78 cm of wingspan and a weight up to 220 grams which can become 300 for the females before the laying of the eggs) the kestrel differs from all the other raptors for its special technique of hunting: instead of circling in the sky like buzzards, kites, eagles and other hawks, for example, the kestrel manages to remain suspended in a single point, quickly flapping its wings and opening its fanned tail to exploit the wind and keep the stability.

The Buzzard

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // Another bird of prey very present on almost all the Swedish territory (with the exception of the more northern mountainous areas) is certainly the buzzard (Buteo buteo): medium-sized bird of prey with wide wings and regular body structure, short neck and medium-length tail, the buzzard measures 45-58 cm with a wingspan of 110-140 cm and can reach a weight of about 1 kg for the male and 1.3 kg for the female.

White-tailed Eagle

CKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN //Spring and summer are not the best times to see large birds of prey, it’s much better in the late fall or winter. Yet the meetings are not entirely impossible and, as in this case, sometimes completely unexpected.

I was in an area I know, but this time I was driving along a new small road between cultivated fields and forests; I had just photographed a male roe deer from the cockpit of the car, when I saw something big and dark moving over the trees. I drove toward it, I crossed a small strip of forest and, on the other side, I saw a Red Kite flying.

The Short-eared Owl

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // As promised, here is how Mother Nature decided to surprise and amaze me last week. After admiring and photographing my first osprey, I continued my tour to reach strategic places for the sighting of large birds of prey, especially to try out the Nikon D500 borrowed from a photographer friend of mine.

The Osprey

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // What I love most about Nature is its ability to give wonderful surprises over and over again, and a few days ago She managed to make me wonder with two wonderful gifts. I went out mainly to try a new camera body, a Nikon D500 that I received on loan from a friend and that seems to be very good for birds photography.

Euroasian Eagle-Owl

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN //Through other photographers I got to know about the permanent presence of the Eurasian eagle-owl (bubo bubo) in a place a few minutes drive from Malmö. Since I have never seen any kind of owl in Nature, I could not miss this opportunityand so last week I went to watch it.

Harmony

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // I’ve already told you about the beauty of the Red Kite.
A few days ago I was lucky enough to find myself in the visual of a curious specimen that passed over my head three times … and I didn’t miss the opportunity!

Wait and Wait, but then…

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // A couple of days ago I went to “hunt” eagles, I reached the area where both sea eagles and imperial eagles are present, I stopped by a small lake and I stayed about an hour waiting for something to happen.
I admit it, I was starting to get bored and other photographers, who in the meantime had given up and if they had gone, had almost convinced me to give up. Then, just as I was getting into the car, a group of geese started to squawk and flee, flying like crazy: something was happening!

My First Peregrine Falcon

SKÅNE COUNTY, SWEDEN // After about ten days of clouds, grey and rain, seeing a “luminous sphere” in a blue sky left me somewhat amazed and puzzled. And so, overcoming the fear of the unusual atmospheric phenomenon, I went out for a photo tour.

As usual so many animals, now more than ever excited in a Nature that finally wakes up, still stealthily after the long winter, almost ready to explode soon: the mere fact of hearing the chirping of birds that breaks the winter silence, made me hope, and believe, that it will not rain forever.
Morale rised, like the rebirth of a smile.