Nature

Photographing Longyearbyen at summer

You don’t have to travel around Svalbard to experience great wildlife. There are basically three places to encounter wildlife if your are only stying in Longyearbyen. Adventdalen located in the southeast corner from Longyearbyen is a great spot to watch and photograph birds. You can easily do this from the road. Adventdalen is more or less a massive river delta area. The second place is called Bjørndalen and is located in the south west corner, or nearby the airport. It’s a bumpy road but you should definitely go all the way to the end where you will end up at the little auk mountain. There are several thousands of little auks nesting in the rock cliffs, and it is here you’ll have the best chance to see the Arctic Fox. A world of causing tho. Do not climb up the rock face because of falling rocks which happens from time to time. Lastly don’t forget Longyearbyen it self. Here you can spot Arctic Fox, Snow Bunting, Rain deer and Rock Ptarmigan. Don’t forget to watch the ocean as well. If you are lucky you might spot dolphins and whales in July-September.

Here are some of the picture from my summer trip to Longyearbyen.

1. Purple sandpiper 2. Female Rock ptarmigan 3. Moss campion 4. Parasitic jaeger 5. Purple sandpiper 6. Arctic cottongrass 7. Ruddy shelduck 8. Red-throated loon 9. Red phalarope 10. Red-throated loon

Arctic Fox photographed in and around Longyearbyen

Adventdalen in Longyearbyen

Öland Sweden Spring 2019

One of many Fallow deer on the island of Öland.

Södra Lunden

Common redstart

Horned grebe

Schäferiängarna Öland

Common pochard

Great Grey Owl encounter

In late June 2016 I had the great fortune to spend some time with a Great Grey Owl family, also known as the silent hunter. For example, it often sits for long periods on a branch or pole in the middle of a field or in the forest as in my case, patiently waiting to hear a change in the grass. Its characteristic head shape with several black rings and the yellow eyes. The head can have a circumference of 50 cm and serves as a dish to amplify every sound. It is adapted for a quiet and efficient hunt.

Of all the different owls, this is my favourite owl.

The most serious threat to patch owl is reduced access to dwellings due to logging. It wants high-stemmed spruce forest, preferably next to marshland, Together they take over old buzzards or pigeon hills, or build their nest on top of a tall stump. To summarize. The Great Owl lives a lifelong relationship with its partner and can be about 10-15 years.

Young juvenile hiding the forest.

Young juvenile struggling with all bugs and insects in the undergrowth.

Young juvenile begging for food.

The Great Grey Owl is one of the world's largest owls, Sweden's second largest. The length is 60–70 cm and with a wingspan of 135–160 cm., The female is larger than the male with a weight of about 1.5 kg against the tap 1 kg. It is adapted for a cold climate with spring-clad legs and feet. In winter, if there is a lack of food, it moves south.