Trollfjord, Lofoten Islands, Norway
The Trollfjord stretches almost north to south between islands in the Lofoten archipelago off the northern coast of Norway. We were on a Hurtigruten coastal cruise between Bergen and Kirkenes in the north, close to the border with Russia. On the southbound journey, we transferred to a small boat alongside the MS Finnmarken. The boat MS Orca, was from Lofoten Charterbat, a family company from the town of Svolvær. We made our way down the fjord searching for white tailed eagles. Almost immediately we were joined by a flock of herring and black backed gulls that were fed by the boatman. Within minutes the first white tailed eagle appeared and a fish was thrown over the side. With the engine stopped the boat drifted and we waited for the eagle to swoop in and take the fish. The eagle was not always successful and this underlines the skill required to take fish, even dead ones, from the water. In all we saw possibly 5 or 6 different eagles, the majority were immatures birds. It take five years to reach maturity.
Namibia is a country with a wide variety of eco-systems and landscapes. This is a small sample of the variety of birds and animals found in Namibia.
Romania and the Danube Delta
The vast waterways that form the Danube Delta on its way to the Black Sea is full of surprises of wildlife and landscapes.
Southern Florida – 2015
The visit to south Florida in December 2015 was a great opportunity to get close to some photogenic birds and other wildlife. Ospreys, a rare sight in the UK were visible almost everyday taking huge fish in their talons.
San Juan, Argentina – April 2015
The Province of San Juan lies on the western border of Argentina, a predominately dry landscape with the backdrop of the Andes. There are some spectacular landscapes with islands of vegetation where the plants can find water and the dry sculpted rocks of the desert landscape.
El Leoncito National Park is famous from the three astronomical telescopes that are located there because of the exceptionally dry climate and the clarity of the air. The telescopes are mounted on huge rubber pads to counter the effects of the frequent earth movements.