Angels in the Goshawk forest

It was mothers day. My 5 guests from UK were safe in the hides. I hope they will get their Golden Eagles even if it’s strong wind up there. But if you know where to go you always find shelter, and the Goshawk forest is a nice place today. Our sons have other interest, they are to old now to run out in the forrest early a Sunday morning, togetter with mother and father. I guess it’s how it should be.

But it’s great to have a brother with two you daughters Ester and Sigrid. – ” Would you like to have a walk in the Goshawk forrest with us?” – YES!!.

This forrest is protected now, two years ago, and I am realy happy that this is possibel. The trees will stay, and when they die new trees will fill the open gap when one of the old once is death. I know where the Goshawk nest is and this was the first time for Ester and Sigrid to see a big nest in and huge spruce tree.

Whats funny about this, everyone think that the Goshawk would kill moste of the birds and small animals in this forrest. But I tell you, this is the richest area for Capercaillie, Back Grouse , Hazel Grouse , Sguirrels, Artic Hares and more in a wide area!!!

We saw tracks of Moose, Hazel Grouse, Capercaillie, Sguirrels, Artic Hares. Pine Martin and lot more. It’s sad that lots of people dont understand the rules in the wild nature.

After 3 houers we had to say goodby to this great forrest, you always have a good feeling in this kind of old forrest,you feel free and relaxed. Thin Ester and Sigrid had a good time. Uncle and aunt enjoyed it very much!! Thank you brother Johnny, Ester and Sigrid.

So our soons, give us grandchildren!! Nothing like beeing out in the wild with this young curious children!! Uncle Eagleman and aunt Eaglewife.

Sea Eagle tagging

For many years the researchers have put rings on birds legs. There is different codes in different countries and in Norway they are using blue ring on the right leg of the Sea eagles. The blue ring tells it’s from Stavanger Museum who are the center for all bird ringing in Norway.

But from 1976 they also put on ring at the left leg as well, then we know which year the bird is ringed in the nest, because the Sea eagles are ringed whene they are young. Not easy to get adult birds!! Photographers who are visiting me dont like this markings because they will have a job to get it away in photoshop:-)

But there is not many, out of my 12 good pairs, I think it’s only about 4-5 out of 24 birds who is marked.
They dont “tagg” them in my area anymore.

But it’s also interesting some time to know how old this bird can be, so we still have to look for “Staffan” “OJ” “MIGUEL” and see how long they will stay in the territory. So this is what to look for; always blue on the right leg and year code with differen colors on the left.

1976 – Green
1977 – orange
1978 – blue
1979 – red
1980 – black
1981 – silver
1982 – black/red
1983 – silver/blue
1984 – silver/red
1985 – black/blue
1986 – blue/silver
1987 – red/black
1988 – blue/orange
1989 – red/silver
1990 – blue/black
1991 – silver/blue
1992 – orange/red
1993 – black/silver
1994 – red/orange
1995 – black/orange
1996 – orange/silver
1997 – red/orange + number
1998 – silver/black + number
1999 – blue/red + number
2000 – orange/black+ number
2001 – silver/orange + number
2002 – green + number
2003 – orange + number
2004 – blue + number
2005 – black + number
2006 – black/red + number
2007 – orange/blue + number
2008 – silver/red +number
2009 – black/blue + number
2010 – blue/silver +number

Have a look and see what you have in your PC.

Nikolai II

Christmas evening, i got my books also this christmas, one is about all the Single Malts in Scotland, so now I can learn about my hobby, collecting Single Malt Whisky.

The best days in Christmas is this slow days with the fam. Eating, reading books and playing cards and so. But when I was reading one of my new book evening the 25th Des. “Life” Keith Richard, great book!! Our dog just ran into the veranda door and started yelping like a Wolf.

I looked out of the window and outside Mr. Nikolaj II was sitting outside. (Nikolaj I is living in the Zoo). Our dog Troj hates this Red Fox!! But i love this beauty. I found some realy great food from the christmas dinner and my Nikon D 700 and the 24-70mm. I whent out on the veranda and called for Nikolaj. He came. he is not like other Foxes and he is eating from my hands if I like.

But now I put some meet close to the outdoor chrismas tree and some santas so it looked nice:-) Nikolaj II came many times, the yale from Troj sounds like a flock of Wolfs.

This more or less tame Fox is the only left from the summer. There is always someone who can’t find the beauty of a nice animal, someone have to shoot if there is something to shoot at. But we now have Nikolaj and i hope he will be around all winter. Will be good for all the guests who will be here in the winter. All the best to all of you in the New Year. Ole


Five years ago this happened. My wife was at home alone. Our cat Pusur was pregnant and this was the day for the birth. We have given Pusur pills not to get pregnant but it looks like she did it anyway:-)

On the veranda this day she started the birth and my wife had to help the cat. The boys was at school and eagleman out in his boat. The first young one came out, dead, nr two also dead and the same with nr tree and than 2 last once came out alive.

My wife found this realy sad with tree dead smal cats.

So she took a piece of paper and made a hole in the ground to dig down this tree deat cats.

She than took care of the mother and two young once who still was alive.

Our son Vetle came home from school and he saw something moving in the ground.
He went to his mother and told hear that something scary happend outside.
Wenche went out with hear young son and it was scary!! Up from the ground a tiny small cat came up from the “graveyard” stood up from the death! A small black, newborn cat digged himself up to into the sunlight.

So my wife thought it was dead but he was not!!! This wifes are scary as well!!!!
So to give this cat a name was easy, Lucky is still our beautiful black cat and he is doing well.



November have been good and cold. But last days have been VERY cold inland. In Flatanger only minus 6-8 but just half the way to Namsos it was minus 20.

But it’s so nice!

It was also hard to keep fingers warm when I took this pictures. Dont know how they do it when it’s 30-40!! Must be Munier to do that:-)

It’s not often we have this cold in Nov, should be rain and dark. Now it’s cold, white and wonderland.

What will the “real” winter be like. Rock’n roll. But eagles are very hungry so have to keep them alive and photographers have heaters.

Take care. Eagleman. Ole

To fantastiske dager i Flatanger

I mai opplevde jeg for første gang ørnene i Flatanger. På båtturene med Ole Martin kom det hver dag mange havørn og på imponerende vis var båten alltid på rett sted når ørna dykket ned for å ta fisken. Vi fikk mange sjanser og minnekortene ble fylt med ørn i alle slags positurer. Turen var så vellykket at jeg begynte å planlegge et nytt besøk – denne gangen for å fotografere kongeørn.

”Kom i november, for da er det masse aktivitet på åteplassen for kongeørnene”, sa Ole Martin. Og slik ble det. Planen var egentlig 2 dager i skjulet for kongeørn, men siden båten til Ole M. fortsatt var på sjøen, ble det til at vi tok den første dagen på sjøen. Det var kommet snø, og Ole M. mente det kunne bli flotte bilder av havørndykk med snø i bakgrunnen. Dette slo virkelig til. Jeg tok masse actionbilder av havørna, men noen landskapsbilder av ørn ble det også. Særlig ett av dykkene satt virkelig bra og gav spesielle bilder. Til sammen hadde vi nærmere 30 dykk denne dagen. Utrolig bra!

Neste dag ble det tur etter kongeørna i det gamle skjulet. Spenningen for min del var stor, og jeg tror Ole M. var like spent siden jeg bare fikk én dag på kongeørn. Ville det bli aktivitet med ørn? Men frykten var ubegrunnet – for hvilken dag vi fikk!

To hyggelige svensker og jeg var på plass i skjulet kl. 07.00. Om lag kl. 8 var den første ørna på plass, og deretter gikk det slag i slag frem til kl. 14. Altså var det ørn på åta kontinuerlig i hele 6 timer. Det var mellom 6 og 8 ulike ørner, og flere ganger var det fighter mellom ørnene. Helt rått! Stort sett holdt ørnene seg nærme åta, men én av ørnene satt lenge i et lite tre kun 5 – 6 meter fra oss. Det kan ikke bli mye bedre enn dette!

Etter denne turen har jeg fått Flatanger-feber. Spørsmålet er ikke om jeg skal tilbake til Ole M. og ørnene, men bare når! Jeg anbefaler alle å ta en tur til Flatanger. Men du er herved advart – reiser du én gang, klarer du ikke la være å planlegge neste tur også.

Takk, Ole M. for flotte dager med deg og ørnene i Flatanger! Jeg kommer tilbake!

Willy Gill, Lindesnes, Norge

Nice afternoon

Normaly I take the boat on land during early October, dont want the autum storms to have fun with it. Safe in a house.
But this year I could use a harbour close to me and it’s a safe place even if it stormy.

The weather had been bad for some weeks, but then one day the wind droped and with sun and snow on the islands I had to got out and try Sea Eagles with snow coverd islands. I have never done that before.

Tell you, they where hungry, in two hours they took all my fish and I had about 20 dives.

It was cold but you never think about that when you have fun. When you are borned to be a viking you have to act like one:-)

I had a wonderful afternoon with my friends and the Gulls are always there.

What a place to live!! Lucky bas…d!!! Yaheeeeeeee!!!

Eagleman. Ole

New hide

Last autum I made a new hide, it’s a very nice hide, if I can say so. But i did not use it because I want to be sure that it’s working. Can’t advertise a landscape-hide 🙂 Mybe?

But this hide are made to get Goshawk, Golden Eagles and Sea Eagles at the same hide, Sea Eagles and Goshawk have been there, waiting for the Golden Eagle.

This year I will feed harder here, and I had to sit here to try. Was a lovely day and I whent in togetter with a friend, this was the 25.okt. When I did this , I try you find out what is good and what is bad. Could see that some trees was to high and it was something to improve.

We was guite sure that it was eagles around but no one came down this day. Some Eurasian Jays and you are just hoping for a Goshawk or an eagle in the wonderful light in the nice Spruce tree. The other hide in the mountain is working very well at the moment with good Golden Eagles.

But this year I hope the new hide will be a new good place, i like it. It’s about 4 minuts walking from the road.

So it’s still plases available for the winter but it looks good with the bookings. Happy me!!

Welcome winter!

Have been many grey days the last 2 weeks but thats ok with me, making the hides ready for Eagle start the first week of Nov, (Still some plases available).

But this morning 20th October was just what you are looking forward to. Superb light, snow, minus 2 and some sun now and than. The first winter day.

This was a day all photographers find difficult, where shall I start. I do not make my money out of photos so I can just hang around and take funny pictures.

But as I said, I have been starting feeding Goshawk, Golden Eagles and Sea Eagles now so I have a serious job to do as well , but I could stop and take some pictures during driving to different hides.

In the radio I heard that we also in Norway have some trouble with the first winter day, lots of cars out of the road.

I am a man of the seasons, i love all this changes of condition and you would NEVER find me in the hotsports like Rhodos or the the riviera! NEVER!!

Come on winter, we are ready!!

Just get in touch if you want to do some photos. Ole

Just a Gull

No, they are just like me and you, they have their own personality.

Some looks good
Some looks fat
Some looks like they are smiling

Some looks sad
Some looks angry

Some likes me
Some likes you

Some are lonly riders
Some joins the party, every night.
I love this birds.
I meet them tonight and some reminds me of Andy or Peter or Danny or Pål or Kjartan or…..

They are all my friends.

Ole Martin