Smew

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I really can’t wait for my birding in Rogaland as it is all so grey and gloomy in Oslo just now. At least there was no fog today so it was possible to see what little is around.

The two remaining Guillemots were visible on Maridalsvannet today and are clearly finding enough to eat.

At Østensjøvannet the long staying showed unusually well.

The Smew (lappfiskand). With closer views I can’t see any white feathers on the head so it is probably a female although I am unable to age it.
There are unusually many Grey Herons and Cormorants at Østensjøvannet this autumn so there must be a lot of fish

this young was apparantly not born until July and has not yet developed its flight feathers fully. It has been abandoned by its parents who presumably sense that there is something wrong with their offspring. It is surviving on bread now and walked 30 metres when some people started throwing food out.

 

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Simon Rix

Simon Rix

Simon Rix is an English Birder who has lived in Oslo, Norway since 2001. Birding has been his passion since primary school and after an education as an economist and career within oil and gas and then drinks industry he turned his attention full time to birds as middle age approached. He is particularly interested in patch birding and migration and is an active guide, blogger and photographer. He is a member of the Norwegian Rarities Committee (NSKF).

Simon Rix

Simon Rix

Simon Rix is an English Birder who has lived in Oslo, Norway since 2001. Birding has been his passion since primary school and after an education as an economist and career within oil and gas and then drinks industry he turned his attention full time to birds as middle age approached. He is particularly interested in patch birding and migration and is an active guide, blogger and photographer. He is a member of the Norwegian Rarities Committee (NSKF).

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