August 22, 2012

Finnmarks Vidda Norway

Now I have come back from a week of fishing in Norwegian Finnmarks Vidda.
It was me and my brother who went off to Vidda to fish for big grayling, trout and even char. And we really enjoyed the great fishing and weather-wise, according to Sami who drove us out, it was the best week on the whole summer :)
The trip to Finnmark started 0:30 on Saturday night and then we had 7 hour drive up to Alta, which is finely situated at the end of Alta Fjord, Alta river is also known for its fine salmon fishing. We had decided that we would meet the man who is a (Sami) would drive us out to Vidda at 14.00 and the place was a few miles away, but before that we haft to disinfect fishing rods, waders and all that gear which would have contact with the water.
This is due to some parasite, they have in some rivers and they do not want it spreading further, for understandable reasons. After that we went to the meeting point, so it was just to sit in the jeep and then we went to Iesjavri it is the big lake in the middle of Vidda, it was really offroad driving over large rock, steep hills and wide open spaces, but it was a really fun experience and really bumpy. The trek was 18km long and took 1:30 hours.
Arriving at the lake, it was time for the boat that would take us to the other side of the lake, and that ride took 20 minutes on a mirror-like lake. Then it was just 5km of walk left, and it was then that it began to feel heavy in the body, we had not slept for 30 hours, that 5km took us almost three hours. Pheuuw ;) we had well tamperproof itself really heavy backpack with lots of luxury goods 3 liters wine, whiskey, canned food and other goodies that weigh bags extra. I have forgotten to mention the mosquitoes and gnats, there are many who call Finmark for mosquito hell and I can only agree to that is immensely of them up there;) but you get used to it;)
We pitched the tent beside a large lake, where the stream ran out, as the base and from there we would visit various water nearby. Fishing this week was great we could get how much grayling as we wanted, we caught nice trout and char also. Unfortunately we did not get the really big fish that we were hoping for, I lost a nice trout between 2-3kg.
But we got good food size fish that we eat every day and the best fish we came up with was the char, then trout and grayling.

That said excellent fishing and incredible weather good company and good food what more can you ask for. There is to much to write about, so i tried to keep it short.
Tomorrow I will go to Croatia for three weeks, but hopefully I can blog from there too.

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Iesjavri from boat

Alta river salmon fishing

Beatiful placed Alta

The jeep and boat at Iesjavri

Brother with fish on

Good stuff ;)

Grayling sandwich

Me taking a bath in the cold water app:10-12C Brrr

Base camp, nice views

Brother with a nice and good trout ;)

Misty evening

At our base camp

Trout fillet

Plenty of paradise beaches

Cloudberrys, mums ;)


Char, beutiful and a very good fish

Bushy river edges

Trout cooked in i folie over fire ;) Mums

Autumn colours

more colours

clouds over the mountains

An old not quite seaworthy canoe that we found and used

Grayling for lunch

Near vidda, slate rock

And of course a reindeer.

August 9, 2012

Spotted Nutcracker

few days ago, I was in haparanda and then we passed even the church on the way home, there will be no church images. But then I saw an unusual bird I had never seen before, and the bird was a Spotted Nutcracker. And yesterday, Me and my brother set off again for haparanda just to shoot the bird, they were quite a large group and they were at the cemetery to eat their favorite food which is seeds of Various pines.
We were there a few hours in the evening and we did get some decent pictures of them.
Here are some facts about them:
The Spotted Nutcracker, Eurasian, or just Nutcracker is a passerine bird Slightly larger Than the eurasian jay. It has a much larger bill and a Slimmer looking head without any crest.
The feathering over its body is predominantly a chocolate brown with distinct white spots and streaks. The wings and upper tail are virtually black with a greenish-blue gloss.
The Nutcracker Can Be found in Southern parts of scandinavia, northern Europe, Siberia and to Eastern Asia Including Japan inhabiting the huge taiga conifer forests in the north. The Nutcracker we took photos of was certainly from the Siberia. And they are very rare here. :)

On Sunday, Me and brother are going to FinnmarksVidda in northern Norway for fishing, so there will be no more blogging until I get back from there. See U :)

Grooming in the sun

Eating pine seeds

Relaxing in the sun

Eating seeds

Not the sharpest picture ;)

August 8, 2012

Some pics from Kalix

As I wrote in the last blog post I was going to Kalix, and there I am now. Have not had time to shoot as much as me and brother are already planning our fishing trip up to Finnmark Vidda Norway. But last night we went out a turn to shoot and today I was away for a while. And already I have shot 4 new bird species for me. Unfortunately I do not know what they're really called but I believe is called spotted flycatcher. So it was just a small report from here now we are soon off to Haparanda and shoot nutcracker

August 2, 2012

Morning pictures from Redmires

This morning I was awakened by 4:00 pm which is way too early, but what can you do when you want to be in place before the sun has risen. So it was just to bring some sandwiches, and then off with the bike to Redmires Reservoirs. Once in place,  I went to the middle reservoir, which has a minimum of water and wading birds, which usually go and eat by the water's edge. I lay down on the sleeping surface and put on my camoflauge and waited and waited but nothing happened in one hour. After about an hour, the birds begin to enter the sand bank, but unfortunately it was not them birds I was after that came but just ordinary wagtails. That was just to make the best of it and shoot them instead, that was pretty fun anyway to follow them because it was 4-6 wagtail chicks. They were not so afraid, for some of them landed just a meter away from me and stared at me :) Got some nice pictures of them, but after I had lain there for 2 hours it was enough, there were not any other birds. So I did my usual round first past the water voles and then the rabbits. The time was now 8:30 and it was fairly light out now which is not usually good photograph light, so I headed back home.
This may be my last blog before I go to Sweden again, I will be one week in Kalix (northern Sweden) and then a week in Norwegian Finnmark Vidda (Iesjavri). And there me and my brother are going to fish for large grayling, trout, char, so look out.

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water vole/Vattensork

Canada goose in the early morning hour

Pied Wagtail/Sädesärla (juvenile)

Pied wagtail

Pied wagtail in morning sun

some snail

tufted duck and chick

White wild rabbit

Willow tit/Talltita

Willow tit