First time in a bird hide

This weekend I spent Friday night to Saturday afternoon in a local Sparrow Hawk hide. Leiv Arne has used a lot of time and effort to create an amazing hide with lots of bird activity.

Unfortunately the Sparrow Hawk only scared the other birds away and disappeared again. Oh well better luck next time.

Here are some pictures of the Eurasian Jay and a Hawk Owl that we spotted.

If you are in the Vest-Agder area then you should definitely take the time to visit Leiv Arnes hide in Marnardalen. More information on his website.

Eurasian jay / Nøtteskrike by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Northern Hawk-Owl / Haukugle by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Eurasian jay / Nøtteskrike by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

 

Puss moth larva macro

My wife found this interesting larva crawling in our garden. Got some pictures of it and focus stacked them into these shots. Enjoy.

Puss moth larva by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Puss moth larva by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

More about the larva on Wikipedia

 

Another day with fun in the sun

Yet another sunny day with temperatures over 20 degrees celsius. Started the morning on the ground in the garden with the 5D mk2 and the 100mm macro lens again. The learning curve is steep when it comes to these small bugs. Wherever you sit down there is bugs and ants everywhere. Amazing how much life there is in the grass when you start looking. Here are some results from this mornings session.

Just hanging by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Small talk by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Ant on the edge by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Tried to get one of these beetles in flight. This is the best result, I left it uncropped to show the size of them in relation to the tripod foot on the right. They move way to fast for macro.

Hoovering by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

 

Macro heaven

The summer has arrived here in the south of Norway, I feel like I`m cutting grass every day 😉

While waiting for the lawnmower battery to recharge I took my fiancés camera out with the macro lens. In the backyard there is a young oak tree that is bussing with life. The wind was not to helpful but I got a couple of shots worth sharing.

Blue bootle fly by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

Stairways to heaven by Bernt-Inge Madsen on 500px.com

 

Instagram 2015

My year on Instagram with the nine most liked images.

Best of 2015 Instagram Bernt-Inge.no

 

Its nice to see that my last image from 2015 actually made it to the top nine list. Much more images to come in 2016.

Happy New Year everyone.