So, after having guests from 2. Jan to 21.March this winter seson is over. But when I look outside it’s really not over, LOTS of snow in early April.
Some birds have arrived but i hope they stay away for a few more weeks, it’s hard to be a springbird in Flatanger at the moment.But it’s nice!!
This winter have been very good and i am realy happy with most of it. When you work with nature you never can guarantee what you will get. Some of the firrst days in January this year the weather went to mild and one of my guests from UK got nothing, he had only tree days and he was in the wrong hide every day. I was realy sad about this but he realy wants to come back. Also some days in beginning of March with a group from UK was bad, the first 3 days, storm, rain, mild and one of the guests said after 3 days with nothing “have you had eagles here this winter?” But that night the weather changed and they got mybe the best day this year. That’s how this life is.
But the winter have been very good, Goshawk have been ok but he has been there early. Golden Eagles nearly every day and up to 5 birds+ two ad Sea Eagles. New Golden Eagle hide was also good but not as good as the old mountain hide, but it’s a different setting and I have seen stunning pictures from that hide.
Also done a few wintersessions with the boat and that is just great but can be cold.
So to all guests who have been here this winter, THANK YOU! You are all just great people and you all give me lot back, i like to meet different people and that’s why this work is the best!!
No I have e few days of, have to build a hide for Pine Martin, he has been eating like a tiger all winter so now it’s time for him to pay back. It’s a wonderfull plase and i am realy looking forward to have something new for you!
In a few days i have to prepair the tents and hides for Capercaillie and Black Grouse. New people, new meetings and a new spring is knoking on the door!! Rock’n Roll. Greetings from Charlie, he is back!!
I always hope that i can bring photographers to do a session when the Sami peole gathering the Reindeer. It’s not easy and i have done it only once before. Why is this difficult?
The Sami people do not know about the winter/weather condition and that meens they are not sure when the Reindeer is in the fence. They have the reindeer in there only for one day.
But i know the leader of the Sami people and i am calling him every winter. Lots of photographers ask me “ is it possible to see the Reindeer when the Sami people have the animals in a fence” I must always say – we would need a lot of luck.
So 3 weeks ago i send the leader of the group an SMS, how are you doing with the Reindeer? Could you call me? Fourteen days later, a Sunday evening i got an SMS from him. “ You can come tomorrow!!” So i went down to the group of photographers i had from Reisen-in-die-nature, Joachim Griesingers group, and asked them. “ Should we let the eagle sleep tomorrow and would you like to have a day with the Sami people?” I also said that this is just like to win in a lottery!!
I could just see how the smile got wider and wider So next day we went earlie and had a wonderful session with them. I normaly do not take pictures with my guests but in this kind of situation it’s possible and they said that they would be happy if i took the camera with me.
So with my Nikon, who is almost sleeping , i could have a great day with the Sami people and my happy guests. And with Reindeer is fun to do so arty farty.What a day. I know a few other Reindeer owners around and i must try to get in touch about the possibilities to do this more than once. I know lots of you would like to go!!
Have a nice week.
Så var det bare en hund da.
Var det BARE det?
For oss var Du en hvalp,en unghund og til slutt en voksen herlig hund, et medlem av familien.
Men så var det slutt.
Tårer kommer hos oss alle, det var ikke bare en hund men en venn.
Ditt skakke hode når du følte noe var på gang.
Din yre glede når matmor tok på seg bergansbuksa.
Din forbannelse over rever som skriker i Februarnatta.
Krafsing i matfatet når du syntes det gikk for tregt.
Om det var en time eller en uke så var gleden over gjennsyn like stort.
De hengende ørene når du fikk kjeft for okkupasjon av sofaen.
Din higen etter å spise ferske ryper som til slutt gjorde at hagla ble skiftet ut med fiskestang.
Kampen mot Jussi i Lakavatnet.
De fine stundene ilag med oss idet sola gikk ned på Folla.
Man kan kalle det bare en hund men du var en alle tiders venn.
Men vi har ønsker om en ny.
Men Troj glemmes aldri.
Takk for besøket.
Troj passed away yeaterday. Only a Dog would some say but not for us, he was a friend and a member of the family. Tears and tears. That is how we feel just now. Good boy!!
Odin, Vetle, Wenche and Ole M
Just to tell you that everything is good here in Flatanger.
Thank you all, you make it possible for me. Have been a good year for my family and me. One of the reasons for that is because i can have the best work you can think of, meeting so many great people during the year.
Now there is time to start a new year. The first guests arrive the 4th Jan. Winterbookings are very good and so the birds and mamals.
|March – Shooting grouse in the mountains.
|April – Cod dinner.
This autum i have been working hard to get the Pine Martin available. Looks very good and i am feeding this beautiful animals 3 times during the week.So in spring i have to build a hide or two. Realy looking forward to get this ready before spring.
|May – Time for Capricalie
|June – Wenche and Charlie, Charlie to the right.
So to all of you:
Take care during christmas and all the best for 2013. I am realy looking forward to meet “old” guests but also new once.
|August – We love local plays, this is from Pe Torsa in Lierne.
|September – Time for eagles with some great people.
|Oktober – Island walking with friends
|November – Time for some arty farty.
|Desember – My only day in the hide in 2012 was the 18. Lots of eagles!
Greetings from Ole, Wenche, Odin and Vetle
November. Where is the light, the light I need to make my photos? I found it in Flatanger, Norway.
November. A month not usually linked with much photographic enjoyment, more like a long waiting for Christmas. But, after spending 6 days with the nature guide Ole Martin Dahle it feels that all my wishes for Christmas already came through in November.
There are two hides set up mainly for the Golden eagle, both in beautiful settings with very good photographic opportunities. The quality of the late autumn light here up north will cure all tendency towards winter depression. Even if the daylight is limited to some 6 hours, the low sun means that there is possibilities to photography all the day.
Both hides offered several visits of the great eagle every day and even two at the time occasionally. To witness a fight between these magnificent birds is a truly special experience, believe me. A bunch of Jays offers entertainment for the trigger finger when the eagles are away.
One day Ole took me and another Swedish photographer, Kenny Isaksson from Göteborg, out on one of his famous boat trips. The day meet us with a freezing breeze from the sea and choppy seas but Ole offered us warm survival suits. Why do you want to go out on the sea in these rather harsh conditions? Because the archipelago of Flatanger offers several territories of the White-tailed eagles and Ole Martin knows them all.
During winter time, there are also a substantial number of younger eagles visiting the area. A less than three hour boat trip offered more than thirty white-tailed eagles close to the boat and some twenty dives after fish in fantastic winter light. The combination of the large number of birds, low winter sun and Ole Martins handling of the boat made up for some special photo opportunities.
Large number of Gull’s offers the extra entertainment that always seems to be a part of the deal when you are a guest here.
So Ole Martin, thank you for some unforgettable November days in your company in Flatanger. The combination of a truly extensive knowledge about the eagles and your photographers eyes packed together with your fantastic hospitality and house makes me want to come back. Soon, very soon!
Gunnar Aus, Sävedalen, Sweden
Last week 5 researchers have been in my gusthouse for some days. Their main mission was to look for Eagle Owls in Flatanger, but during daytime they hade some time “of”f and they had some nets outsidethe house. Realy nice to see how they are working.
Most of the catch was Blue Tits and Great Tits. So I am ok with this small birds and I told them to keep away from the eagles. We do not like rings at our big birds!!
But also to guide them around with the bait listning for Eagle Owls when it wasdark was great fun.
We heard this amazing Owl and it’s good to know they are around. They are realy hard to see but this days it’s possible to hear in the evening. So Aurora Borealis with the sound of Eagle Owls is not a bad combination.
Just to let you know, this will be a great year for Aurora and we have seen it nearly every evening the last week. It’s realy nice days out here now, great autum colours and great light. But am sure we soon have the snow. And why not. During next week I will start feeding the Golden Eagles again, winter season is getting closer.
Did some filming with a Irish film crew from “Crossing the line film” Cepa and Jon.This will be about the last 5 years project to bring Norwegian Eagles to Irland. I have been a small part of that project and it have been realy great . This film will be possible to see in NRK during christmas.
The first storm came some days ago. So we could not go out with the eagles. To much wind and always safety first!! But Nik,Brian and i went to a nice plase to catch the storm and we hade great fun doing arty farty and big waves.
Have been some great days after that and last days we have seen 3 times that two eagles are going for the same fish and why not, looks great in a picture and hope this will be a new product:-)
Tuesday and Wendnesday i went for a big meeting at at Rock City in Namsos www.rockcity.no and i hade a talk there. In the evening i heard that i was nominated for an award from www.trondelag.com . I did not expect to get anything so when the jury call Norway Natur to be one of the winners i was just so happy!!
The toastmaster was Alex Rosen and we all hade lots of good laughters, he is just SO funny. So this is inspiring me and i hope to be the Eagleman for a LOOOOOONG time:-)
So soon it’s time for doing Golden Eagles again, I also take people out in the boat also in winter(if the condition is good) Hope the Goshawk will be back and altso lots of guests. Still a few plases left in October for fishing Sea Eagles and other wildlife.
Take care friends. Rock’n roll and arty farty. Ole
Sorry! I have not been much at my blog the last weeks!
But it have been a good season for me and lots of guest during May-June and July. So the last days of July and first 6 days of Aug I hade some days of! I have a wife and two boys who would like to see their father and do something togetter!! And i realy enjoyed this days as well:-)
So the first day of I asked Wenche what she would like to do. She said ” could we go out fishing?” Only me and you. So nice of here, but i realy like my life out in the boat and this was a wonderful first day of my holiday.
Caught some Mackerels and the evening meal was as good as it could be.
After that we wanted to go for a mountain walk in Dovrefjell, we would like to get to the top of Søhetta, one of the moust beautiful mountain in Norway- about 2260 meters.
BUT: Now it’s not possible to drive with your ovn car into Snøheim and you need to get a buss. So we meet up at 0830 to take the buss.BUT: 230 people was waiting for this buss and it was only one! I would never be in a queue for walking in the mountain. We hade a smil and went on our ovn walk in the mountains.
So first we hade a look at a viewpoint and it was just a great building in a beautiful surrounding. Beautiful.
So after this two days we went to Røros and went for an outdoor theater called ” ELDEN” . It was just great at atmosphere, beautiful music and a good story.
So now I am ready for new guests and realy looking forward to meet new people. Eagles are great, Otter in the sea, Moose on the filds and mybe a new Red Fox. Take care and hope to see you all in Flatanger!!!
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)