2013

No snow in Stockholm yet, so this image from Hokkaido last februari will be my X-mas greeting for this year. Dancing "snow-cranes".

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Imorgen (onsdag d.18) holder jeg foredrag i København om safari og den nye fotorejse til Tanzania. Det er hos Temarejser på HC. Andersens Boulevard 12 og det starter 19.00. Varmt velkommen! Se mere her:




​www.temarejser.dk/Formularer/Gratis-rejseforedrag-om-Tanzania/

Tomorrow I will talk about photo-safaris to Tanzania at the headoffice of Tema - Denmark. Please note the adress and time above. You are warmly welcomed !

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Another image from Yasuni National park - Ecuador. Cobalt-winged Parakeets, Scarlet-shouldered Parotlets and Orange-cheeked Parrots are eating mineral clay to help them digest their poisonous diet of nuts and seeds. Another miracle of this, the worlds richest, biodiversity hotspot - now seriously threatened by the oil industri. Most of the Ecuadorian Amazon is under drilling and the state has licensed Chinese prospectors to have a go in the park - the last pristine area. A catastrophe !!

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Out of the Amazonas - the amazing Yasuni National Park in Ecuador. The Common Blunthead ( or egg-eating snake) is thin like a pencil and looong and eats eggs of reptiles and small birds. On the night walks my guides and I encountered a myriad of the most astonishing creatures. Some insects and invertebrates looked from outer space. The Yasuni is one this planets greatest hotspots of biodiversity. I photographed giant otters, macaws, snakes, monkeys of many kinds, scorpions, a myriad of birds, caimans and the deep of the forest. After it was straight to the Andean cloud forests - but that is another story.

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Saying goodbye to Galapagos with this image from the other day at Fernandina of a young Galapagos Hawk (galapagosvråk). One of the worlds rarest raptors. Galapagos is indeed one of the most unique places of this planet. Evolution is visible and the animals have no fear of humans. Now Im off for the Ecuadorian part of Amazonas. Stay tuned !

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Chasing the last light on North Seymour - Galapagos. Magnificent Frigate bird (praktfregatfågel) - flying like a ghost, or rather like the pirate it is. I wanted this spooky light for this flamboyant bird. Galapagos is now to an end and we are heading back to Quito and Im continuing down in the Amazon tomorrow.

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Cruising the Galagos Islands - the show-window of evolution. Here a Marine Iguana from the island of Fernandina. The Darwin volcano from Isabella behind. Good to be back and my group is interested and great to lead.

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Glass-frog from the mist of the cloud-forest. A "see-through" frog. The Ecuadorian and Colombian Andean slopes are amongst the richest in biodiversity. Today the destination is Galapagos !

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Etiketter: ecuador, rainforest, regnskog

Not an Eyelash viper, but an Osborne Lancehead (Bothrops osbornei.), - yellow and bright like a toy in the green darkness of the cloud forest of Maspi, Ecuador. It is a pit wiper close related to the feared Fer-de-Lance, and the holes to the infrared organ are clearly visible located on either side of the head between the eye and nostril. (Osbornes lansorm)

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Ocelot in the cloud forest of Ecuador. Im in the Maspi private reserve - a cloud forest protected with rich biodiversity. Looking for bushmaster last night, I came upon this beautiful male ocelot (ocelot). A fantastic nocturnal cat in the the most beautiful coat imaginable. Between lynx and housecat in size, an avid hunter and revered by the indians for having the spirit of the jaguar.

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Tack till alla ni som kom på Temaresor-föreläsningarna igår ! Jättetrevligt med SÅ många som har rest med mig och som kom. Här en bild jag inte visade - en Zanzibar Röd Colobus-apa från den senaste fotoresan till Tanzania. Det är en hotad art som enbart finns på Zanzibar. Här hade jag precis lärt ut hur man skapar känsla i bilden genom att använda oskarp förgrund.

Thanks to all of you travelers who attended yesterdays Temaresor-evening and talks. It was so lovely to see so many of my previous clients. Here is an image I didn't show yesterday. A Zanzibar Red Colobus from my last photo-workshop in Tanzania. It is a threatened species occurring only on Zanzibar - and I have just talked about using unsharp foreground to create more dreamlike images and took this image as a demonstration.
 

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Hej Alla,

Hoppas ni kom hem bra och att ni minns allt vi såg. Annars har ni säkert massor av bilder att sortera bland.

Här är grupp-bilden. Högerklicka på bilden och spara till hårddisken, så får ni den högupplösta bilden. Den ligger här en vecka från och med idag.

OBS !!!! Min hemsida skapar en lågupplöst bild, fast jag har laddat upp en högupplöst. Skal försöka att åtgärda detta - så återkom och kolla om det fungerar - under veckan!

Titta gärna runt på min hemsida också och om ni tycker om den så klicka gärna på "like" knappen på "Home"-sidan. Obs det finnns även film här på sidan ;)

Ni kan också klicka på Facebook-knappen och bli vän med mig på Facebook - en del har redan gjort det.

Idag pratade jag med Tema om en likadan fotoresa till Borneo 2014/2015 med det unika Danum Valley som huvudmål - så missa inte detta. Hoppas ni är med - för ni var en himla härlig grupp att resa med.

Varma hälsningar

Jan
 

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Eastern Green Mamba in mangrove forest. It was my third species of the mambas and a long wanted and awited one.
I took my photo-group to the highly interesting Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park on Zanzibar to photograph the endangered Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys - found only on this island. Our eminent guide Hassan Mohammed found the snake coiled up 20 meter inside an impassable mangrove-swamp.

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Rock Agama. Notice the female agama behind the male 
(Rock Agama=klippagam)
Im still touring and leading Tanzania withTemaresor ´s first African photo-tour. We had amazing encounters with wildlife.

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I am in Arusha at the foot of Mount Meru in northern Tanzania. I spend yesterday in the cool shadows of the forest in Arusha National Park photographing montane forest. Various troops of monkeys worked their ways through the trees like Black and White Colobus monkeys and as here the elegant Sykes monkey (also in some sources called the Blue Monkey). Sometimes in mixed troops. The air was silent and cool with voices from calling trogons, hornbills and cuckoos - much different from the dusty plains below.
Sykes (blue) monkey=blå markatta/diademmarkatta)

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Flying off today to lead Temaresor ´s first real photo-tour to East Africa and to Tanzania. The participants will not only be stunned by the fantastic wildlife - I will also teach them photography on the savannah and guide them all the way.
Here a wildberbeest from the plains of Lobo

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My new book "Sounds of the Wild" at Amazon. English edition of the popular Swedish edition "Vilda Djur". Listen to 100 animals worldwide, from whales to insects, indulge in the images and get stunned by all the new facts of the text.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sounds-Wild-Jan-Pedersen/dp/9171262792/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382256854&sr=1-4

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In one hour time I will be speaking on the Norwegian non-fictional book-festival about my tremendous success-book "Birdsong". It has until now sold in more than 1/2 million copies in 3 nordic countries together and is furthermore translated into 9 languages. In Norway they counter that many new members to the birdwatching community has come via the book.

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A really different owl. The Blakiston's Fish Owl is not only the largest of owls - it also lives entirely of aquatic prey, mostly fish. I took this image in northern Hokkaido, Japan. By a small stream in the snow-covered mountains an old woman had a small guesthouse and she was preserving the local owls. During the night 3 owls would come in turns to take the released fish in the frozen river. Difficult because flash was not allowed and only the permanent lamps would shine. The Blakiston's Fish Owl is endangered in Japan and on the far-east Asian mainland. This owl has a very small, rapidly declining population due to widespread loss of riverine forest, increasing development along rivers and dam constructions.
(Blakiston's Fish Owl = Blakistons fiskuv/Blakistons fiskeugle)

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The Avocet is a wonder of grace - like a living japanese calligraphy. The Danish part of the "Wadden Sea" is one of the biggest nature areas in Scandinavia and harbours millions of migrating waders and other birds. From my recent trip to "Sort Sol" (Black Sun) with Henrik Karlsson. (Avocet=skärfläcka/klyde)
 

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Hooded Crow. The autumn light is a wonder.
(Hooded Crow = gråkråka/gråkrage)

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Marsh Harrier is hunting roosting starlings. It is very dangerous - should this male get to close in or under the flock - then he will be a target of the starlings eruptive shitting and puking in order to chase him away. Unwary young raptors have died in this way. From "Sort Sol" (Black Sun) in Denmark where flocks of hundreds of thousands of starlings are roosting in the marshlands.
(Marsh Harrier = brun kärrhök/rørhøg)

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"Sort Sol" - Black Sun is a phenomenon where thousands of starlings are roosting together for the night when migrating south or north in autumn and spring. The starling are feeding on the fields in the marshlands of south-western Jutland in Denmark. As a protection against predators they are spending the night together. Henrik Karlsson and I are working on them since days back  and despite our flock of 300 000 starlings - its a struggle to get the huge "ball" - the black sun, and the weather is not on our side either.

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The most of our Ospreys are now on their way to West Africa. It is a world-wide species and a fishing expert. Some of the experienced individuals we photographed recently in Finland are much better than the yearlings. The old ones would simply fly in - focus - dive and leave with a fish. The young ones would circle and circle and focus and dive or stop diving and redo the whole process. When they finally swooped down and got a fish they would very often loose it. Some would make up to 8-9 dives before having a meal.
Tomorrow my colleague Henrik and I are off to "Sort Sol" and waders in Denmark. The weather-forecast is not on our side.
Thanks to Finnature.
(Osprey=fiskgjuse/fiskeörn)

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Osprey in backlight. A difficult light to master.
rom Finland a few days ago.
Thanks to Finnature.

(osprey=fiskgjuse/fiskeörn)

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Whats wrong with the Swedish government ???? --- Seriously ????

A proposition is now on for reduced populations of endangered and threatened animals like wolves, wolverines, bears and lynxes. Even hunting on the now protected Golden Eagle is on the table. For some species the minimizing or culling is by 50%.
All for "fishing" for votes in the coming elections - and as present to the Center (farmer) party so they wont slip under the marginal of being excluded in the next parliament.
MANY third world countries with really bad economies are doing more for their big predators. And here we are talking about real clashes between human interests and predators like in Kenya or Namibia.
THIS IS A SCANDAL AND A DISGRACE FOR SWEDEN - a setback of many decades in understanding ecology and nature.

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Home from Finland with Henrik Karlsson and Antti Vierimaa. Ospreys, ospreys and more ospreys. This image is not the most artistic but one of the most difficult behavioral situations I ever shot. It took days and tons of images with absolutely nothing on - before I "bagged" the Osprey when it plunges into the water like an arrow. The speed is amazing. Thanks to Finnature !
(Osprey=fiskgjuse/fiskeørn)

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Migration time is on full speed. Waders are moving southwards from Arctic shores and tundras. Always on the alert with a good reason. A Merlin and a Peregrine hunted them over and over again at a Swedish West-Coast locality. Sanderling and Dunlins on the image.

(merlin=stenfalk/dværgfalk, peregrine=pilgrimsfalk/vandrefalk, sanderling=sandlöpare, dunlin=kärrsnäppa/alm ryle)

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Days with strong winds, wrong winds, rain and other factors unknown for us humans have stalled the migration of Honey buzzards. They are now "piling" up waiting for the right circumstances and yesterday some daring hundreds took the chance in the midst of strong winds and rains and passed Falsterbo channel. Today looks good !
(Honey buzzard=bivråk=hvepsevåge)
 

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This exquisite King Eider drake is bathing.
In some hours Im off to Falsterbo - the bird migration has begun. Actually this is a "World class" spot - right here in Sweden, and this weekend it is Falsterbo Bird Show. Hoping for the Honey buzzards. Will you be there?
(King Eider=praktejder/kongeedderfugl, 
Honey Buzzard=bivråk/hvepsevåge)

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In the blue. An easily identified Short-beaked common dolphin is investigating me. Note the cut in its dorsal fin! 
Mostly desk work after the Azores where i took this image 3 weeks ago - and in this autumn 2 new books will be published, one of my major books will be published in English - and in other countries as well. So autumn books galore. AND new exciting photo-projects are about to begin.
(Short-beaked common dolphin=common dolphin=sadeldelfin=almindelig delfin)

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It is the LION-day today. Time is running out for the once so abundant populations of lions in Africa. The total numbers are estimated to be only 35 000 and they are in extremely danger due to diminishing wilderness and the craving for tiger-bone in traditional Asian (mainly Chinese) medicine. Lion-bone is now substituting tiger-bone. Great article in National Geographic august 2013!
This male is "Tyson" (after the boxer) a huge male from Kruger NP. He was trying with 2 other males to conquer a territory with females and got an infection in the eye after many severe bites from the fights. Note the one in the scull !

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Home from a week photography on the Azores - my mind and eyes are still blue. Dolphins are abundant and many were hunting. We encountered 3 species and they have all "bounced" back after dolphin-save tuna-fishing has been implemented.
Here a Short-beaked common dolphin is investigating me. One of the rare moments were they are not just passing by like jets.
(sadeldelfin/almindelig delfin)    

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From the deep blue. The Ocean has been 2000 meter deep under me and the blue is mesmerizing. Im shooting for magazines/newspapers on the Azores, 1500 km right out in the Atlantic and have dipped my cameras in a totally new world. Here are sardines hiding for dolphins under our boat.

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In memory of lost summers and my mother who loved this flower. Cornflower/blåklint/kornblomst.

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One of the family scenes of the Great Grey Owl this summer. Shot in middle of june - the male is bringing a vole to the youngs. The biggest of the 3 youngs (note them all in the hollow stem of the tree) is also the most hungry. See previous posts for the youngs when they were bigger and had left the nest. (lappuggla)
 

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Summer and swallows. Here a Sand Martin (backsvala/digesvale) from one of the days of my summer courses in photography at Fridhem Folkhögskola (http://fridhem.fhsk.se/sommarkurser).
It was my 13th year as a teacher and instructor here and 3 weeks - and 3 courses are now to an end.

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When the youngs of the Great Grey Owl are leaving the nest - they will hang around the nest-tree begging for food. The male has a hectic time hunting as much as he can bringing voles and mice in - in  shuttle-traffic. I photographed the youngs in the light nordic night to get the right atmosphere and its a double exposure with the moon, as it was at the time. (lappuggla/laplandsugle)
 

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Not many post posts lately - but a lot of time in the field. I have followed a pair of Great Grey Owls breeding and bringing up their young's successfully. Deep in the Northern Swedish woods - with tons of blood-sucking mosquitoes and black flies feasting on me.
Here the male brings a vole to the female while she is warming the chicks in the broken stem.
 

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Some of my rainforest images from Borneo and Costa Rica are published in a big article in the new number of the Scandinavian magazine "Camera Natura". The front-cover is mine as well. More information on:

http://www.cameranatura.se/
 

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Very early bird - River Warbler. Its normally elusive and shy but this one  was singing openly, only 1500 m from my doorstep. Couldn't resist this morning at 03.30 because I wanted the yellow light. He is singing like a loud buzzing insect. The river warbler is "semi-rare" in Sweden and is red-listed. (flodsångare/flodsanger)
www.janpedersen.se

 

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Its time for owls - here a pygmy owl - from a few nights ago. The nordic nights are extremely short right now and its hardly dark before the sun is rising again. No problem photographing but its causes sleep deprivation.

www.janpedersen.se

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The elegant black tern is landing. I have now for some weeks been shooting in wetlands and in my surroundings in Sweden, some of the images are on the gallery "wetlands in Sweden" here on my website

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This Blacbird male hold his "grounds" right outside my balcony. He is very recognizable for the streaks of light feathers on the belly - but mostly for his song.Beside the normal song he sings melodically a few notes in long syllables. I love his particularly song.
More birds on my webside bird portfolio: http://www.janpedersen.se/portfolios/birds-16752498

 

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My new little book about - birdsong around your house - has been out for some months now and is doing quite well. Despite the total dominans on this field by my own Birdsong (Fågelsång). This new book has a key for identifying birdsong so you more easily can find it on the included CD. Images and sounds took me quite a while while to "shoot" and record.
see more about my books on my webpage under "published":

 

www.janpedersen.se/published-16758931

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Black grouse lekking or rather fighting. Can be quite violent some times with lots of loose feathers. I shot this image exactly a year ago in Kuusamo by Olli Lamminsalo ! Great place ! If you want to se more of my bird-images  have a look on this webpage at : http://www.janpedersen.se/portfolios/birds-16752498

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The twilight zone is long now. Birdsong everywhere and mosquitoes are multiplying exponentially. Here a Sedge Warbler singing after sunset.
(sävsångare/sivsangere)

see more at the Swedish wetland gallery (and the other galleries):

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From last night - crane after sunset, in the blue hour.
Images should more often convey a sense rather than just depicting the object straight away. The life in nature is at the most rapid speed right at the moment.

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Etiketter: crane, blue hour, senses, spring

I love Norway! The enthusiasm and the spirit is marvelous here. 7 interviews today about my book "Birdsong" and finishing with an interview in the prime channel for the prime news. Lovely talk and well prepared news presenter. If you understand Scandinavian - scroll to the 28th minute at the link under:
http://tv.nrk.no/serie/dagsrevyen/nnfa19050213/02-05-2013

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My first homepage was very "flashy" - it was actually written in flash hence very slow on a slow internet-connection. Many readers outside "broadband-countries" couldn't read it. My blog was on Tumblr. Sleak, smooth and simple - working fine.

 

The second homepage never got fully  fledged. The blog was now included. It was in Wordpress and for me: To much clicking and handling, understanding funny codes and reading long and boring instructions - so it went to the rubbish dump as well.

 

This is the third attempt - and the work proces is looking promising.................... 

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Etiketter: new blog