2014

- on farting walrus. Svarlbard july.

I love dark images with low perspectice.

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We are at the up-coming photo-fair this -next weekend. Please come and visit us for a chat about photography and travelling and why not about eco-tourism.
We are exhibiting at stand A08:41 together with our good friend A&T Phototech

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From my last photo-tour for nature photographers to Tanzania. We had the great luck to follow this young male leopard in the Lobo area, and since there are hardly any tourists up here, we had time and I could teach my group to photograph him in many various light conditions - and in my own favourite light; just before darknes in the blue hour. Join our photo-tours and you will be many experiences and techniques richer.

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Chilling in Amsterdam on the way home from leading a photo-tour in Tanzania. The wildebeest (gnu) migration was massive - the most intense I ever saw in 28 years of visiting the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Never ending lines of migrating animals with grazing "gnus" as far as one could see. A true wonder of this planet and my clients are pure smiles.
 

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Sooo sleepy..........We found this wonderful polar bear in front of Hornbreen (Horn glacier). From this summer on Svalbard.
But the idyllic image is deceiving. It is quite difficult for the polar bear to hunt in/on waters covered with glacier ice. The seals are randomly and difficult to approach and kill when they are lying on small ice-floes. Best for the polar bears is drifting sea-ice. Part of the project: Vilda Norden/ Wild Nordic (www.vildanorden.se)

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Whiter than snow!
Ivory gulls from the arctic Svalbard - this summer.

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Svalbard is a heaven for little Auks with the occasionally puffins around. So out the thousands of little auk images - there was a puffin amongst them  ;)
From this summers expedition to Svalbard and part of the "Wild Nordic" project.
www.vildanorden.se

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"White out" from the Arctic.
This summers tour to Svalbard gave many opportunities to photograph the Arctic Tern. Its a remarkable bird: Not only is it ferociously aggressive at the nest-site but its also a truly circum-global navigator once every year. Its soon time to migrate south from the Svalbard Arctic to the Antarctic range where it will spend the the winter.

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The Cross and a Polar Bear.
From Hornbreen, Svalbard, and this summers voyage to the northern ice.
Part of the project Vilda Norden: www.vildanorden.se

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Epilobium and honey bee. From the Wednesday session - backlight photography. This summers photo courses are to and an end in just a few hours. I have had 3 one-week courses this summer on Fridhem Folkhögskola, like all the other summers, more than a decade back. Thanks to all you fantastic students for your interest and and enthusiasm !!!! And what marvelous images you have all produced !
 

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Glacier and polar bear from Svalbard 2 weeks ago. 
Im definitely not an arctic photographer, more habituated and home in the damp rain-forests. But in these hot summer-days, inside a very very warm apartment, writing manuscripts and working on images, my longing goes back to the magic light, the wilderness and the coolness of the arctic. Give me some glacier ice and the thrill of a white bear!
www.vildanorden.se
 

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Arctic fox in backlight from the midnight sun at 03.10 a.m. 
Left Svalbards Arctic climate some hours ago after 2 weeks to the pack-ice and around. Memory cards are full - mostly of white images and white bears. More will follow.
Part of the project "Vilda Norden" at www.vildanorden.se

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Im on Svalbard in the high Arctic now. Setting out for a 9 day cruise to the pack ice for ......... hopefully some white bears.
Here is the unique Svalbard reindeer (short short legs, big belly, little like a pig with antlers) - shot yesterday in Longyearbyen.

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Res med oss på Wild Nature fotoresor till det vilda Indien. 
www.wildnaturephototours.com
Vi har satt ihop en av de bästa naturresorna på marknaden för naturfotografer.
Resan tar dig till djungelbokens värld i den djurrika Kanha nationalpark med tiger och gaur, till den mäktiga Chambalflodens gavialer och krokodiler, Bharatpurs fågelparadis och till Himalayas slättlandskap med vilda elefanter. Det blir nära möten med djur i många olika naturtyper - utan en massa onödig dödtid. Vi har bara 2 fotografer i varje jeep och vi har fler jeep- och båtutfärder än någon annan arrangör ---- Och vi reser bara i en liten grupp så du kan suga åt dig reseledarens alla biologiska och fotografiska kunskaper.

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Wild boar (vildsvin) in the night. A sow and her big piglets have got used to a place where they sometimes are fed. They will normally run as soon as they are seeing a human. Read more about our "wild nordic" project featuring the wildlife of the Nordic countries www.vildanorden.se

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Etiketter: wild boar, vildsvin, natt, night

Montagu's harriers from the Swedish island of Öland, 3 weeks ago. It is time now for the chicks to hatch and the male has to work his ass off. These harriers are absolutely amazing, stunning in their beauty and very threatened in Sweden. Nesting areas are to be avoided!

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Ural owl dozing off a little yesterday. The weather suddenly changed to much colder degrees. She is still keeping a wary eye on me. The youngsters are warm and tucked up safely a distance away. 
Keep an eye on the project "Vilda Norden" - Wild North about Henrik Karlsson and my big project from the nature of the Nordic Countries. (Ural owl = slaguggla = slagugle)
www.vildanorden.se

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Like a blue angel - Montagu´s harrier in early morning light. The male has warmed up and he is ready for the tasks of the day. Hunting and bringing food as a gift to the female - to achieve a mating. He has to be on constant lookout for possible intruders in the territory. Everything will be chased away from Marsh harriers to overflying shelducks. From last weeks dedicated harrier-photography on the Swedish island - Öland - one off several harrier-sessions this month.

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Marsh harrier, male, on the "run" - right on to my hide. He and his partner are being chased away from the breeding area of the smaller, but more dominant, Montagu´s harrier. Hilarious to watch how they try to "sneak back in" to breed unnoticed from the sharp eyes of the graceful Montagu´s. (Marsh harrier = brun kärrhök = rørhög, Montagu´s harrier = ängshök = hedehøg).
www.vildanorden.se

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Im photographing on Öland (in Sweden) these days and the Montagu´s harrier is my prime target. It is such a wonder of grace.
(Montagu´s harrier = ängshök = hedehøg)
 

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Out of the dark and in to the blue. Gaur (Indian Bison) is the planets biggest and heaviest member of the ox-family, Bovidae. Shot at night from a walk outside our lodge inside Kanha NP. I wanted the eyes to shine - diabolically.
Home from India again with so many impressions and new images. We will produce a great tour for those interested in feb/march 2015

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Tigress from Bandhavgarh National Park. Our days are to an end and we are leaving for Kanha tomorrow on our "scouting" tour. Lots of wildlife, jungle, heat (40 degrees) and I think we found one of best agents in India for wildlife tours. (Image is not cropped).

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My neighbors next door at White Tiger Lodge in Bandhavgarh. The family Hanuman (Langur). They are not noisy but their fingers are so looong.

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Etiketter: apa, lodge, india, indien, monkey

Female tiger from this morning in Bandhavgarh National Park. The image is NOT cropped . I´m in India now researching for our upcoming photo-tour, that will be be formed just for nature-photographers like our whale/killer-whale photo-tour at: http://www.hknaturfoto.se/fotoresor.
It is wonderful to be back in India after many years of absence and I´m enjoying every moment of it.

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We are on the move - this crane from last weekend at lake Hornborgasjön. And I´m now at Helsinki airport waiting for the flight to India with Henrik Karlsson. A scouting tour for our upcoming photo-tour for photographers to tiger-country. Our new whale-tour is already online at: www.hknaturfoto.se/fotoresor.

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 can now proudly write Jan Pedersen/N. Last weekend I was elected a member of the the Swedish Association for Nature Photographers - Naturfotograferna/N. It is an association of Swedens foremost nature photographers which has promoted ethical photography and a committment to conservation since 1966. Last weekend I also shot this crane image at lake Hornborgasjön, way after sunset - to get the blue light.

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Another frame from lake Hornborgasjön last weekend with one of the cranes (Grus grus) coming in from the night roost in the lake. This massive gathering of cranes (approx 19000) is a real wonder of the Scandinavian nature.

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From lake Hornborgasjön last weekend. Approximately 19 000 cranes (Grus grus) feeding, socializing and dancing. A real wonder of the Scandinavian nature. Also premiere for the new D4s - this to - being a wonder (the autofokus is finally: fast, precise and accurate where it should be, compared to my old D4).

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Time for another share ! Sunday we had drinks with Paul Nicklen and his life-partner Cristina Mittermeier and my lifelong friend Staffan Widstrand and others - after the fabulous show and images of Paul in Stockholm. Please check out the work of Christina - Im a big fan of her and an admirer:
http://www.cristinamittermeier.com/

photo: http://www.cristinamittermeier.com/the-work/

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Friday - I was listening to Vincent Munier speaking at Norway's first nature photo festival. I don't often share images and neither do I have the right words for how much the images and the presentation took my breath away. Thanks for the nice chat as well Vincent!
If you ever get the chance to see his images "on stage" - don't miss out on it !
Photo: https://www.facebook.com/NorskNaturfotoFestival

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I want to thank all all of you who have greeted me today - on my birthday - I´m overwhelmed. My heart, mind and eyes are are wide open and all the messages warms my heart - let us all fight for a better world where our fellow living beings are as important as us. Plants and animals - nature and We - together!

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Im in Norway now and attended the Nordic Nature Photo Contest award ceremony yesterday since I was 1´prize winner of the category : ""My photo-journey" (fotoreisen) with a collection from Hokkaido, Japan, as shown here and in this link: www.nnpc.no/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=24&Itemid=57&lang=no.
I bagged even a "highly commended" in the bird category.
A big congratulation to my fellow award winners and to the new Champion of Nordic Nature Photo, Audun Rikardsen, fantastic images of his amongst many others. Norway is a leading force in Nordic Nature Photography at the moment.

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BBC Wildlife, the world´s foremost wildlife magazine, has just reviewed my book "Sounds of the Wild" (Vilda Djur). I was at first a little shaky when I discovered it, but was soon relived :) Thanks !

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They killed a huge old buffalo bull. Devoured it rapidly and in the morning of second day it was time to leave. Only bones and 14 hyenas were left. The lions are alarmingly declining in all Africa. Lobo- Serengeti at 12800 ISO.

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"In for the killing bite"  - close to Lobo in Serengeti (Tanzania).
I just had a fantastic safari with my Temaresorfoto-group. We had marvelous wildlife encounters with lot of animals and interesting behavior. The cameras went warm while we were fighting off the tse-tse flies as well.

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RESPECT ! The saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porous) is the biggest member of the crocodiles and a huge one can wait around  400 kg to 1 ton. This image is from my last Borneo tour at the Kinnabatang River. The crocodiles are together with the birds a living link from
the ancient archosaurs (härskarödlor). Nearly 100 miljon years in an unchanged and winning design. Homo-species (man and ancestors) have been around for only 2 miljon years. Respect in all ways !

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Time to leave Sabah, Borneo.  This tiny (pencil-thin) juvenile "Wagler's pit viper" was lying on the same twig in Sepilok from the previous tour in januari until this tour. A span of 4 weeks on the same branch - waiting to strike a prey !!! Slow food is just the name.

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Im on Borneo again - and every time there are new species of the many orchids, pitcher plants and animals for me to discover. This time we found a Borneon Horned Frog. Long time on my wish list ;). Common but not easy to find because its so well camouflaged to the leaves on the forest floor.
It is a stocky frog with arms and legs that appear almost too slender and weak for that size of a frog. It is a forest floor ambush hunter waiting for big insects, snails and possibly other frogs coming within reach of its tongue.

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Was in Oslo the other day speaking for Norway's Ornithological Society's local section and spend the night afterwards in a hide by Even - "the goshawk whisperer". We had this flamboyant Goshawk male eating an entire pigeon. Him being on the alert and keeping a wary eye for the much bigger female.

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Home from Borneo - here is a racquet-tailed Drongo (a black flycatcher) from the treetops of Sepilok. I don't hail to the wide spread opinion amongst many bird-photographers that a good image is one that is as close as possible and in full light - as seen much to often in here....
Now time to go get back to my manuscript again, because the next tour to Borneo is soon up.

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Santa Claus orchid (Dendrobium maraiparense) - one of 800 orchid species in Mount Kinabalu National Park, Borneo. This national park is one the worlds absolute hotspots for plants.
Jultomteorkidé/julemandsorkide.

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First days, this year, in the Malaysian rainforest. A juvenile Oriental Whip snake from Cameron Highlands. Note the big eye with the keyhole like pupil and the large grin.

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Rainforest world of wonders. A small red spider is sitting in its booby trap web. From Yasuni National Park, Ecuador. The the most biodiverse hotspot on earth and threatened by the oil-industry.

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As I wrote in my previous posting - squirrel monkeys are fun, but they are also very fast and agile. Here one is crossing a blackwater stream (with caimans and anacondas) and do it the arboreal highway. From tree to tree. Yasuni National Park, Ecaudor.

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Squirrel Monkeys are fun watching. "Multo" action and many good laughs when the youngsters are playing. From my last tour to Yasuni National Park in Ecuador. It has been a while since my last posting - but the new upcoming tours are Borneo, Tanzania and India. Now and first: Borneo tomorrow. More postings will follow.

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