Welcome to Din Tur`s birding and photography blog

This blog will give you access to up-to-date information from our destinations and photo hides. Read when and where your target bird was last seen at your destination, and follow the activity around our photo hides day-by-day.

If you have relevant information from one of our destinations, please leave a comment under the right label.

Read more about our destinations, trips and photo hides on http://bird.dintur.no.

Have a nice trip!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

New record at our raptor-hide near Molde

Photo: Terje Sylte

Yesterday our raptor-hide near Molde had raptors on the bait constantly the whole day. The Golden Eagle came down even before sunrise, and besides of that - three adult Goshawks and 3 White-tailed Eagles visited the bait during the day.

Read more about this photo hide, and book here...

...and check our new tour to this destination here.

Good days on destination Lista

Photo: Terje Kolaas / Din Tur

Parrot Crossbills, White-backed Woodpecker, good numbers of Slavonian Grebes, Great Northern Diver, and a female Ring-necked Duck are among the best sightings from our southernmost destination the last week.

Read more about destination Lista and book your accomodation here

Arctic Eiders in Varanger are back

Photo: Terje Kolaas / Din Tur

Our Varanger-guide, Knut-Sverre Horn, reports that the numbers of Stellers and King Eiders in Varanger are increasing. It is dark up there now, but from late January photography with proper shutter-speeds will be possible again.

Read more about destination Varanger and book your accomodation here.

Gyr Falcon still present at Trondheimsfjord

Photo: Terje Kolaas / Din Tur

This winters surprise is a 2cy Gyr Falcon beeing unusual co-operative at Ørin Estuary near Verdal. The bird has been here since september, and is easy to spot perching on poles inside the industry area of Aker.

Read more about destination Trondheimsfjord here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pallas` Grasshopper, Lanceolated Warbler and Pechora Pipit on Utsira

Pallas Grasshopper Warbler. Photo: Morten Vang / www.artsobservasjoner.no
Good days on Utsira lately. Two Lanceolated Warblers, a Pallas` Grasshopper Warbler and a Pechora Pipit have been observed on the Island the last three days.

The standard Utsira-species such as Yellow-browed Warbler and Red-breasted Flycatcher are present as well.

Read more about destination Utsira here

Monday, October 5, 2009

Goshawks back in business

Photo: Terje Kolaas / Din Tur

Only 24 hours after the bait was put out, the first Goshawk appeared our excellent feeding site for raptors near Molde. An adult female and a male visit the bait several times a day now, and the hide is ready for photographers from to day.

The Pine Martens are still active close near by, so within a couple of days you can combine photographing these shy creatures in one singel trip.

Read more and book a place in the raptorhide near Molde here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Pink-footed armada has arrived

Photo: Terje Kolaas / Din Tur
The Pink-footed armada from Spitsbergen has just arrived the inner parts of the Trondheimsfjord. Flocks up to 7000 birds roost and feed on plains and wetlands along the fjord, making birdwatching and photographing in the area a true joy.

Along with the huge numbers of Pink-footed Geese, there are smaller numbers of Barnacle, White-fronted, Bean and Bar-headed Goose.

Read more about destination Trondheimsfjord here .

Bad weather - still good for photo

Photo: Jan-Michael Breider / www.pbase.com/breider

The swedish nature photographer, Jan-Michael Breider, have just spent two days in the Pine Marten hide.

"I`m very happy with the service from the guide and the hide. The first day with sun and blue sky the light was not good. The second day the weather was terrible but still a Marten male showed up for 20 minutes. This time the light was superb".

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pine Martens still going strong

The Martens near Molde still make three-four visits to the feeding every day. Watch an excellent video from the site, made by photographer Per J. Næsje, here.

Photo: Terje Kolaas / Din Tur

Monday, August 24, 2009

Oriental Pratincole in Trondheimsfjorden!!

An Oriental Pratincole - a 1st for Norway and 7th for Europe - was discovered in Grilstadfjæra near Trondheim Saturday (August 23rd) afternoon, and was still present Sunday evening.

Read more about Destination Trondheimsfjorden here

Photo: Terje Kolaas / Din Tur

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Four Pine Martens and two red squirrels at Molde

Photo: Terje Kolaas/Din Tur
Still very good action at our Pine Marten hide near Molde. Four Martens visit the spot several times per day, a female with two youngsters included. We still have a few places availlable for photographers, so do not hesitate booking a hide. Read more and book here

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Pine Martens very active at our pine marten hide

The pine martens close to Molde have been very active the last week. One of our guests had 8 visits within 3 hours last Thursday. Read more or book this hide here: http://bird.dintur.no/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=48&Itemid=51&lang=no

Photo: Terje Kolaas/Din Tur

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The breeding peaks in Varanger

The breeding season is on its peak in Varanger. Arctic Warbler is still singing at Neiden, the White-tailed Eagle has youngs in the nests and the auks have youngs at Hornøya.

No big rarities the last days, but waders gather in good numbers. This is the time for the biggest rarities in Varanger, so anything can show up anytime now.

Read more about Varanger here.

Photo: Terje Kolaas

Great Snipe`s finnished their lekking

Photo: Terje Kolaas

The Great Snipe season is just over. Between 25-30 males this year made it one of the best years ever on this site. The birds started around May 20th and were still lekking July the 1st. In writing moment the lek is over.

Watch a video, made by one of our guests, and read more about our Great Snipe lek site here.