Today is our first full day in the field and it has taken a few hours to become acclimatised to the birding. We have travelled through mixed taiga forest, alongside many fjords and then on to sub-tundra. The weather has been very changeable from pure blue sky to heavy rain, and surprisingly a large amount of snow still on the ground. I woke at 2.45am in full sunlight and birded immediately. The temperature was minus 1 degree. As I write this it is now nearly 11 o'clock local time, minus 3 and my eyes are nearly closed!
I have posted some shots below but photography was generally difficult. In addition, we also saw a few White-tailed Eagles, several Rough-legged Buzzards, many Fieldfare and Redwing in full song, Brambling, Waxwing, Pine Grosbeak, Parrot Crossbill, Siberian Tit, White-billed Diver, Bean Geese, Common Crane feeding on the tundra, Spotted Redshank in summer plumage and Snipe drumming. Sea duck were numerous. Tomorrow we bird Veranger Fjord properly.
Good luck Steve, great shot of the bear. I reckon you will need a week off when you get back.ReplyDelete