Springtime for us as nature-photographers is like party every day! But springtime in Scandinavia is even a bigger party, two elusive birds start to show themselves and perform a spectacular display, in the middle of ancient forests and bogs: the huge Capercaillie and noisy Black grouse.
Displays don’t last that long however, so to have the best of the best, you need to plan your photography very careful! Our company Tierra Photo Tours was lucky to be able to book a week at Ole’s place this year to photograph ‘his’ Capercaillie and ‘his’ Black grouse at exactly the right time!
Both species are displaying in a wonderful scenery here in Flatanger: the Caper performs it’s show in an ancient boreal forest and the Black grouse on a bog in a fjord. Both spectacular spots, that are so photogenic you don’t even need a bird to love the landscape! Birds were in the middle of their highest courtship, and we witnessed fighting, mating and lot’s of impressing of rivals! So a lot of good photo- opportunities!
On our previous trips to Norway with Ole, we have found out that options here are endless, so this trip turned out to be another head-cracking time of choices: do we want to do the Capercaillie tomorrow, or the Black grouse, or the White tailed eagles and gulls, or the Red squirrels and Bullfinches and Crested tits, or do we want to shoot landscapes in the spectacular ancient boreal rainforest,…?? Too much to choose, and that’s why we come here ànd come back, time after time!
Looking forward to our next visit, Ole, and keep up the good work!
Thanks! Yves Adams Tierra Photo Tours
Our 5th visit to Lauvsnes was again a joy and inspiration.
The light is always changing in the Norwegian fjords and this combined with ample opportunities to meet eagles and gulls feels like paradise. Every time we expect the unexpected and it happens again and again.
Beautiful warm light at sunset, dark skies with stripes of sun in between, soft diffuse light, ultimate backlight conditions: conditions that can be optimally used and enjoyed through the expert guidance of Ole.
New experiments with slow shutter speeds and unusual or extreme light conditions provided new insights in many more options. We will come back to continue this voyage of discovery on a next occasion later this year and in visits to come.
Jan van der Greef, The Netherlands (www.insightintonature.com)