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!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rarities in Trondheimsfjord

Siberian Tit - Levanger - november the 7th 2010. Photo: Terje Kolaas / www.bird.dintur.no

For beeing november, the last weeks have been extra ordinary in the Trondheimsfjord-area. Since October the 19th a Stilt Sandpiper - a third for Norway - has been present only 5 minutes from the Trondheim Airport. The bird is still there.

Stilt Sandpiper - Stjørdal - november 2010. Photo: Terje Kolaas / www.bird.dintur.no

Yesterday another local rarity, a Siberian Tit, showed up on one of our feeding stations. Normally you have to go further east in the country to see these amazing birds.

The major Pine Grosbeak and Waxwing invations are visible here as well, and the chance of finding them are good these days.

For more information about Trondheimsfjord - see here.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Photograph Pygmy Owl!

Photo: Terje Kolaas / www.bird.dintur.no

Our Pygmy Owls near Trondheimsfjord bred also this year - in the same three-toed woodpecker hole as the 4 previous years. Photographers visiting the spot this summer were very pleased with the location, and this is why we now make the site availlable for all photographers.

Photo: Terje Kolaas / www.bird.dintur.no

Photo: Terje Kolaas / www.bird.dintur.no

Read more about and book this opportunity here.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fantastic Ruff photos from Varanger

Ruff, Varanger, June 2010. Copyright: Christian Tiller / http://www.fuglebilder.no/

One of our guest, the norwegian bird photographer, Christian Tiller, has sent us these photos from a recent trip to Varanger. He reports of beautiful light, lots of birds and excellent photo opportunities. His photos confirm that, indeed!

Ruff, Varanger, June 2010. Copyright: Christian Tiller / http://www.fuglebilder.no/

Shag, Varanger, June 2010. Copyright: Christian Tiller / http://www.fuglebilder.no/

Tiller stayed on Fuglehytta, and was guided by our Varanger guide, Knut-Sverre Horn.

Read more about Varanger, and book a trip to the Ruff lek next year here.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pygmy Owl video from Trondheimsfjord

Watch a video of a feeding Pygmy Owl, photographed at Trondheimsfjord May the 25th, on youtube.

Read more about birdwatching the Trondheimsfjord here

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lekking Ruff in Varanger

Photo: Knut-Sverre Horn

Our guide in Varanger, Knut-Sverre Horn, reports that the Ruff already has gathered on their traditional lekking sites.

Read more about destination Varanger or book a guided trip to the Ruff-lek here

Din Tur on youtube

We have just started a small serie on youtube, presenting the birds of Norway. 15 species so far, but more will follow. Take a look here for the videos.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

MEGA on Jæren

An Egyptian Vulture - a mega rarity for Norway - has been present on Jæren the last week, and was last seen May the 10th.

Migration is at its peak on Jæren now, and as usual this destination serves several rare birds for the country. Black Stork, Little Egret, Egyptian Vulture, Surf Scoter and Kumliens Iceland Gull are among the best ones.

Read more and book your stay on Jæren here

Excellent birding at Trondheimsfjord

Rough-legged Buzzard. Photo: Terje Kolaas/Din Tur

A few photos from the Trondheimsfjord. All photos from the last two weeks.

Rodent situation is good, so Tengmalms, Pygmy and Northern Hawk Owls breed in good numbers. Grouses, such as Black Grouse, Capercaillie and Hazel grouse has been numberous this year, with daily counts of around 30 for Black Grouse and Capercaillie at certain locations.

Capercaillie. Photo: Terje Kolaas/Din Tur

Slavonian Grebes and divers have just started theire breeding as well.

Slavonian grebe. Photo: Terje Kolaas/Din Tur

A group of UK-birdwatchers counted 124 species on the destination staying from May 7th - May 11th - Hazel Grouse, Hawk Owl, Siberian Jay and Three-toed Woodpecker included.

Black Grouse lekking. Photo: Terje Kolaas/Din Tur

Read more and book your stay at Trondheimsfjord here

Monday, May 3, 2010

Black Grouse lekking peaks near Trondheimsfjord

Copyright: Morten Mørkved / www.mortenmorkved.blogspot.com

Norwegian photographer, Morten Mørkved, has spent a few successful mornings with us in the Black Grouse hides near the Trondheimsfjord. The Black Grouse started lekking already in late March, and this week we expect the females to arrive the site for mating. The males will lek app two weeks more.

Copyright: Morten Mørkved / www.mortenmorkved.blogspot.com

Read more about and book this photo hide here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pink-footed Geese in thousands

It looks like most of the Pink-footed Geese already have arrived the Trondheimsfjord. The fields, mud-flats and lakes are covered by feeding geese - getting ready for the long journey further north to Spitsbergen. Greylag, Bean Goose, White-fronted Goose, Barnacle Goose, Canada Goose and Bar-headed Goose can be found in the flocks as well - making this a Mekka for any bird watcher.

Read more and book your stay in Trondheimsfjord here.

Watch a video from April the 19th here. Photo: Terje Kolaas/Din Tur

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pine Martens are back

After beeing visiting the feeding site mostly at night the last months, the Pine Martens once again are regular at day at our photo hide near Molde.

This excellent photo was taken by Terje Sylte April the 10th.

Read more and book the photo hide here

Spring has arrived Trondheimsfjord

Capercaillie displaying on a road near Trondheimsfjord. Photo: Terje Kolaas/bird.DinTur.no

Spring is here, finally. Pink-footed Geese have arrived in thousands, the mud-flats along the fjord team with waders like Bar-tailed Godwit and Purple Sandpipers. Over 900 Long-tailed Ducks, 1000 Velvet Scoter and 3000 Common Eiders are feeding only 15 minutes away from the Trondheim Airport, and both King Eiders and White-billed Divers are still present in the fjord.

Siberian Jay Photo: Terje Kolaas/Din Tur

Up in the mountains it is still snow, but birds have started to prepare their breeding anyway. Rodent situation is good, so both Rough-legged Buzzard, Tengmalm`s and Northern Hawk Owl will breed this year. Capercaillie and Black Grouse have started their lekking, and our photo hides are ready to welcome visiting photographers. Siberian Jay still visits our feedingstation up in the mountain.

Read more about destination Trondheimsfjord and book your trip here.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Golden Eagle at our Trondheimsfjord hide

Golden Eagle, Trondheimsfjord. Photo: Terje Kolaas / Din Tur

The feeding season is at its end, but an unusal cold winter has given unusual results. White-tailed Eagles have been less frequent because of the frozen baits, but the last two weeks a Golden Eagle has been the king of the site. Let`s hope it will be back next year...

Read more about this hide on our web-site.

Golden Eagle, Trondheimsfjord. Photo: Terje Kolaas / Din Tur

Excellent for photo in Varanger

A dark winter is over, and know you have 11 hours of day-light in the Varanger-area. The jewels of the north, Stellers and King Eider, are easiest to photograph this time of year. Within a week, you will experience all kinds of weather and plenty of excellent photo opprtunities.

Our GPS will help you find the best and most up-to-date spots for photographing. Check our web-site for more information and booking.

These photos were taken by Terje Kolaas, March the 1st - March the 5th.