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branches

Dealing with tree branches is a ‘nice’ challenge for a bird photographer! Here are three photographs of various branches….. and some birds ;)

1. Dunnock (Prunella modularis). Could’ve been a nice photo if he had posed elsewhere-

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2. European Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis). A very shy bird, photographed from afar-

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3. Long-tailed Bushtit (Aegithalos caudatus). One of my favorite birds but I’ve never managed to get a good, sharp photo of any-

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bluethroat

A Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), photographed in Amsterdam today :) A rare sight as they’re usually quite secretive, flicking into the cover of low bushes with a flash of their chestnut tail patches.

Even though the white isn’t clearly visible, this one is of the race L. svecica cyanecula (white-spotted bluethroat)

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koltrast

Since 1962 the Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) is the national bird of Sweden, but that might change this year- there’s a voting process going on and on the 31st of August this year the new national bird will be announced. There are currently 30 species left in the competition, and the Blackbird is still in the race :)

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PS. I’m taking a break from blogging, but I’ll be back ;)

kite

A Black Kite (Milvus migrans), photographed in Lanzarote

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gull

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song

A Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) singing praise to Spring ;)

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chorus

Springtime in Amsterdam! The sun is shining and the birds are singing. If this Robin’s (Erithacus rubecula) song had lyrics, I bet the chorus would be “It’s Spring! It’s Spring!

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lappuggla

Perhaps the most beautiful owl in the whole world.. The Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa lapponica )

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decay

Withered, but still decorative :)

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Ps. I’m taking a little blog break, back in a few weeks!

w7

Only seven weeks into 2015, and this weekend I already found flowers to photograph. Crazy! This winter’s no winter.

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