The sun is now setting at around 21:30 but it does not get dark until after midnight, so yesterday evening I headed out to the Råneälven about 1km from my house, to see what I could find.
The evening started well with two Moose in the forest watching me
and I had not been sitting at the edge of the river long when a beaver decided to come and check me out
There were also two Bean Geese (Anser fabalis rossicus) and three Whooper Swans
I have started taking photographs through my telescope with my digital camera, using a piece of waist pipe to connect the two together
with reasonably good results. The three swans were taken this way, as was this swan taking off
There was Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Snipe and Wood Sandpiper displaying over the river, but the best bird of all was a Great Grey Owl (lappuggla in Swedish) which flew over the forest and then along the river. I had seen one before in Canada when I worked with Mors Kochanski, but have spent many hours here searching to find one.