Monday, 23 May 2011

Dream bird comes true

Hawk Owl was one of the species I really wanted to see in Arctic Norway.  We had just about given up hope after spending some time in a known area.  A chance of fate on the last morning meant our connection flight had been cancelled because the pilot was poorly.  We had four hours to reach Kirkenes - just enough time.  As luck would have it, Ruud van Beusehom shouted Hawk Owl on the way back!  We had five minutes.  Sadly my gear was packed away, but Ueli Grutter, a Swiss birder had his 300 f/4 with him and manged some very respectable record shots.  This is his shot shown here.  Thanks Ueli.

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