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A winter day in Gothenburg and a Lesser Whitethroat

Posted Sunday 10th January 2010 at 15:42 by kristoffer
Updated Sunday 10th January 2010 at 16:48 by kristoffer
So yesterday I went to Gothenburg to find some winter birds. First I went to a place where warm water flows in the winter. It is known to host Water Rails so I hoped to see one. Not long after I arrived I saw motion in the vegetation, and there it was! And just after that, another one came along. Here is a poor picture of it, was very hard to photograph.

The day before I arrived a Jack Snipe had been reported, so I hoped to see one. And just when I had finished my thought, it flew up, circled around me and then vanished over the water. Both birds are lifers for me!

Then I drove to a another location, a house where both Lesser Whitethroat and Dunnock had been reported for weeks. Once I arrived at the location, the guy who lived there came out for a chat and just then both birds decided to show up at the feeder. Must be quite rare with LWTs in Sweden, at this time, in this cold? The Dunnock was a lifer for me, hard to see in my part of Sweden usually, despite being kinda numerous. Here is the LWT.

Then I visited the birdfeeding at Botaniska Trädgården in Central Gothenburg. It was full of Robins, Bramblings, Blue tits, Blackbirds and a few Marsh Tits

A short visit at the famous location Stora Amundö gave me some nice pictures of House Sparrows
and finally I went to look at the Kingfishers and the Ring-Necked Duck at Säveåns Mynning but I could not take any decent pictures there. Next time I´l have my digiscoping gear with me. All pictures here were shot with my Panasonic FZ-18.
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A picture of the House Sparrows

Posted Sunday 10th January 2010 at 15:43 by kristoffer kristoffer is offline
Updated Sunday 10th January 2010 at 18:12 by kristoffer
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What a nice little run down about your part of the world. It's always nice to read blogs from other parts of the world. Lesser Whitethroat in Sweden during the winter must be unusual.There have been occaisional winter sightings in Britain and Ireland.
Keep up the good work Kristoffer. Oh and nice pictures too.
Posted Sunday 10th January 2010 at 15:58 by Monahawk Monahawk is offline
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Thanks Monahawk, glad that you liked it :) My next excursion is planned to Thursday, hope I get something to write about then too.
Posted Sunday 10th January 2010 at 16:50 by kristoffer kristoffer is offline
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Well, that pic is a lot better than the pics of a Water Rail I got yesterday (in Stockholm)... they're very good at hiding. At times the one I looked at was like 3 meters away and I couldn't see it...
Lesser Whitethroat in winter... that must have been almost surreal.
Posted Sunday 10th January 2010 at 19:29 by Enji Enji is offline
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Yeah, it´s funny to watch the Water Rails run and step around in the vegetation, masters of hiding.
A warbler at the bird feeder at -19 degrees was very odd, yes. :) The summer feels very remote.
Posted Sunday 10th January 2010 at 22:08 by kristoffer kristoffer is offline
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hi Kristoffer my son live in gothenburg any good areas for bird photography you got great shots regards dave
Posted Tuesday 19th January 2010 at 19:51 by foxydave foxydave is offline
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