2014 > 05

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)
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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).
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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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