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Schneeeulen in der Finnmark

SchneeeuleEndlose weiße Weite. Mittendrin ein (fast) völlig weißer Vogel. Die Schneeeule (Bubo scandiacus) ist in diesem Lebensraum meist das größte fliegende Raubtier. Zeit, sich diese Eule mal näher anzugucken. Eine der nördlichsten Gebiete in der Finnmark ist die Halbinsel Nordkyn. Hier bietet Nordic Safari Nordkyn AS Ausflüge in die Fjell-Region südlich des Fischerorts Mehamn an. Mehamn soll angeblich der nördlichste Fischerort der Welt sein. Von diesem an der malerischen Felsenküste gelegenen Städtchen kann man mit wenigen Kilometern Fahrt bergan die schneebedeckte Tundralandschaft der wunderschönen nordischen Landschaft wunderbar erkunden. Gegen Abend – die Sonne geht allerdings nie unter – hier oben im nördlichen Sommer – stehe ich also Anfang/  Mitte Mai im Büro von Nordic Safari Nordkyn AS  im Hafen. Wenig später geht es auch schon in einem älteren VW-Bus rauf auf die Fjell-Region südlich von Mehamn. Jetzt im Abendlicht ist die verschneite Natur dieser schönen nordischen Landschaft ein Gedicht.

Es gab ja wohl den ganzen Winter über schon Gerüchte über eine (oder mehrere) Schnee-Eulen, die sich in der Gegend herumtrieben. Die Menschen vor Ort und die hierher reisenden Winterfreunde hatten bereits den Anblick von mindestens 2 Schneeeulen in den vergangenen Monaten rund um den See Continue reading Schneeeulen in der Finnmark

Snowy Owl on snow-covered plateau in Nordkyn/ Norway

SchneeeuleHaving booked a snowmobile-trip with Nordkyn Nordic Safari AS to the fjell-region south of Mehamn (the most northern fishing town of the world) to enjoy the snow-covered nature of this beautiful nordic countryside and to have a look for the first arrivals, arrivals of birds coming back to their breeding grounds. Already before starting the trip, there were rumors of a Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) hanging around in the area we were supposed to visit. Local people and winter enthusiasts had already enjoyed the sightings of at least 2 Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) in the past months around Lake Skillevatnet. The area is only on 260 meters above sealevel (asl) and is highly frequented by snow-mobiles and other winter activities which bring hordes of people to this otherwise snow-covered loneliness. As they say, that the Snowy Owls hang around since several weeks, it seemed obvious, that the Owl had adapted to some kind of human disturbance. Anyway, I hoped for a chance to have a glimpse on the Snowy Owl.

In the beginning of May, we started the trip in the evening at the office of Nordkyn Nordic Safari in Mehamn to prepare and pay the scenic ride over the mountains. When we arrived at the site, from where the snow-mobile were supposed to start, we heard already the high trilling calls of the European Golden-Plovers (Pluvialis apricaria). The days before, it had been warm already, very warm Continue reading Snowy Owl on snow-covered plateau in Nordkyn/ Norway

Seabird migration from a boat in Nordkyn/ Norway

PapageitaucherIt is hard to believe, but also on the northern edge of the WP (Western Palearctic) seabirds are living and migrating. To see them, bird-lens.com managed a trip in the beginning of May to the northern tip of Norway, to the Nordkyn peninsula. This is the best location to spot the migration out to the Barents Sea. The Nordkyn is the next peninsula west of Varanger, which might be more known.

After trips to the western edge of the WP to see and photograph migrating pelagic birds, now migrating seabirds with a strictly northern circle of migration could be observed from the land but also on an off-shore boat trip with Vidar Karlstad.

I went out on his boat to the excellent migrating grounds north of Continue reading Seabird migration from a boat in Nordkyn/ Norway