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Spawning seatrout

I have been hunting the seatrout for a long time. Every time I had the time during late autumn, I have driven around searching for spawning trouts. Every time so far the water was either murky and filled with particles or the trouts were nowhere in sight. This year everything  was perfect. In the spawning season the trouts usually migrate after heavy rains, since Dansih rivers and streams have very low waterflow otherwise. The rain also wash out mud, silt and other particles, which means it is impossible to shoot under water. This year i did not rain for two weeks and the trout where already at the spawning sites, so the water was low and clear and the river full of fish. Rune Hyldby from a local sportsfisher club showed med al the good spots. He helps the fish by palcing gravel for spawning in the streams and each year he and other club members electrofish trouts to rear the eggs in at a fish farm and release the fry when they have grown big enough to survive in the stream. This helps the dimnished fish stocks in the rivers.

Here you see the trouts under water.  I am able to sneak up on them at nigh, so close I could have touched the fish. It is incredible to dive along side a 70 cm long trout in a low watered stream.

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Darter on the hunt

This summe I got pictures of yet another rare and protected species. The long term goal is to photograph all strictly protected species in Denmark. Strictly protected species are species listed in appendix IV in EU´s Habitatdirective. They are all endangered in one or more EU countries and therefore it is prohibited to collect, kill and disturb the species or disturb or destroy their habitat. The one I found, is called the Large White-faced Darter or Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Stor kærguldsmed, Leucorrhinia pectoralis) and is only found 3 places in Denmark, two of which have been turned into Natura 2000 sites after the species was discovered. The males have morphed from their aquatic larval form and are hunting insects in old sphagnum bog, filled with sundew, bog-myrtle and common cottongrass. The white-faced darter has a characteristic white mask and a yellow dot on the tail. I also found Green Forrester (Adscita statices) and lots of damselflies.

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Alpine newt – Triturus alpestris

In April I had the honor of meeting one of the most rare amphibians and I would venture to say that it must be the first time that anyone has taken photos under water of alpine newt in Denmark in its natural environment. Alpine newt is found only in southern Jutland around Aabenraa and only in ponds that do not get too hot in the summer. Alpine newt live in cold forest ponds and requires shade at the water hole, otherwise it may die of heat stroke. We were round to 7 different ponds in order to obtain the bare roughly term in the water. All the ponds were teeming with salamanders. The newts stayed on the bottom in the deepest part of the pond where the water was coldest.

Alpine newt is the most beautiful of our newt with its blue patterns, screaming orange belly and leopard spotted side. Unfortunately, the brown forest lake water make the colors disappear little, so a single male was captured for pictures in a photo aquarium and set out again. A fascinating encounter when you’ve been searching all day. April is the time when the mountain salamander mating and this is where it is easiest to find in the pond.

Thanks to Allan Høxbroe for the above water photos showing how to work in a small pond and thanks to Uffe Mikkelsen, who showed us around in the forests south of Aabenraa.

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Night Dive

Had a great night dive on the north coast of Zealand. No wind and quite clear water. We saw a lot of flatfish among those turbot, flounder and Brill, here and there herring was darting around, hitting me and the camera. Trouble with the strobes meant I only hade the focus and searchlight for lightning up the object, but it looks great I think. Amazingly we also found a Five-bearded rockling in very shallow water and bare sand: I have only seen these on rocky bottom before. And then there was millions of Mysis.

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Best nature photos of 2015

Happy New Year!

2015 gave a lot of exciting experiences and trips to new locations. Here is a gallery showing my best photos.

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Småland – orchids and insects

This year I finally had the opportunity to travel to Sweden around “Midsommar” where the swedes celebrate the longest day of the year. This is also the best time to study orchids, since most of them is blooming. So we travelled to “Øland” an elongated island east of Kalmar. Øland is famous for its orchids and house several rare species, since most of the island is old limestone and grazed by cattle and sheep, which creates lots of habitats for the orchids. I was also lucky enough to see the European bee-eater, which is a rare guest so fra north. Up to 25 of them is breeding or staying in the area around the lighthouse at Ottenby in the southern-most part og the island.

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Springtime

This last week I had some really nice nature trips close to home. Springtime is beautiful in Denmark -plants are emerging, insects buzzing and toads croaking.

I har a trip to “Hellebæk Kohave” near Helsingør, “Allindelille Fredsskov” near Ringsted and “Kulsbjerg” near Vordingborg, which serves as a military exercise area. Hellebæk Kohave contains som very fine bogs with spaghnum mosses, sundew and cranberry. Allindelille Fredsskov is one of the few Danish forrest, which grow on old limestone deposits, which has developed a special flora with herbs that thrive in nutrient poor conditions and orchids. Kulsbjerg is one of the best places to see tree frogs.

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