Sweden 2007: Eggegrund Island

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8 years 6 months ago #11491 by Jeff Curnick
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Hi all,

Part two of my Sweden trip, July 2007:

Below, an ariel shot of Eggegrund Island which was home for three days.

As you can see, not a very big island, and a walk around would take about 45 minutes – obviously stops for birding meant we took a bit longer.

The island was originally used for the lighthouse (which is now automatic) and is now used as a base by bird researches. Being approx 5km from the mainland (too far for the Mink to swim out) it has become an important breeding area for a few species.

The most numerous of these is the Black Guillmot – a bird I can only describe as a flying penguin!
I don’t recall all the facts but these birds have literally been saved (in this area at least) by the efforts of the local birders.


This stretch of “beach” has about 30 nests (in the pic) which have to be found by GPS!



Two young chics from different nests



Adult Black Guillmot



Other birds that also breed on the island include Arctic Skua and Arctic Tern:


A few other birds seen on Eggegrund:

White Wagtail


Crossbill

Not the greatest shot, but if you look carefully you can see where the bill crosses at the tip.

European Hobby and nest



One of the things I never got used to was the amount of daylight, this shot was taken from the bathroom window on Eggegrund at 22:30.


(Please excuse the poor quality but it was late.)

Will post my full list in another post.

Cheers,

Jeff

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8 years 6 months ago #11492 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: Sweden 2007: Eggegrund Island
Great post Jeff, those Guillemot chicks are cute and I can see what you mean about the adults being like flying penguins, especially when you see that one sitting on the rocks.

I never got that far north in Europe (my geography's a bit shady but I think Hamburg is probably the furthest north I ever went) but even living in Scotland we used to get many hours of daylight in summer, on both of the days when the sun came out <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> You couldn't still see the sun as late at night as in your photo, but the sky would certainly still be reasonably light at that time of night in the middle of June. It has taken a bit of adjustment to get used to 7pm sunsets in summertime here. Were the birds still active that late because of the daylight?

Looking forward to more details, looks like it was a great trip and I'm more than slightly envious! <!-- s:bouncy: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bouncy.gif" alt=":bouncy:" title="Enthusiastic" /><!-- s:bouncy: -->

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P.S. I ought to point out that Hamburg was my most northerly destination in [i:zrdzk7jd]mainland Europe[/i:zrdzk7jd], but I lived and travelled as far north as Aberdeen and the Moray Firth coast in Scotland, which are more northerly than Hamburg.

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8 years 6 months ago #11498 by Birdlover
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Amazing stuff. Jeff thanks for sharing. Some real nice photos too.

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8 years 6 months ago #11525 by Peregrinedive
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Great post. Thank you for sharing this with us all!

Regards,
Abe

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8 years 6 months ago #11526 by Jeff Curnick
Jeff Curnick replied the topic: Re: Sweden 2007: Eggegrund Island
Dave, to answer your question -- yes the birds were active during the daylight hours. The early risers started with the sun from about 3am and there were definitely still birds around at 9pm although most had quietened down by then.
On my last night, one of my hosts and I went out for supper and some very expensive beers (a 500ml cost R50 <!-- s:shocking: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/shocking.gif" alt=":shocking:" title="Shocking" /><!-- s:shocking: --> ) and I wont forget walking back to the hotel at midnight and being able to see where I was going because the sky was still light enough!!!

But then of course its the total opposite in winter and 3 hours of daylight doesn't excite me much <!-- s:no: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/no.gif" alt=":no:" title="Disagreement" /><!-- s:no: -->

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