Klaus Peter Brodersen photography
As mentioned below, I was expecting an amazing spring with pictures of the pygmy owls and their chicks in the nest. However, again this year the small owls lost the competition for the nesting tree to the great spotted woodpecker and disappeared. I have mixed a short video from the days in April when the owls were mating and preparing the nest. You will also see the female owl inside the hole defending the nest from the intruding woodpecker.
Suddenly appears the Pygmy owls in the forest – as out of nowhere. All winter I have been searching and listening after the owls but with no success. This morning, April 10th, I heard the characteristic communication between male and female before mating. The birds were chasing each other in a rather dense conifer forest, and the mating took place in a not very suitable position for photography. After mating, I could follow the owls to the (hopefully) new nesting hole in an old aspen. Same scenario occurred last year but unfortunately the birds disappeared shortly after. The competition with the great spotted woodpecker for a nesting hole was tuff and besides the sparrow hawk was very active in the forest last year. This year I am crossing fingers and looking forward to follow the family over the spring. Go to the Gallery...
The Hawk-owls (Surnia ulula) are again on winter visit in Denmark. One of them was resting in Kongelunden near Copenhagen Airport. As in the former years (2012, 2014) these owls will probably be among the best documented birds in Denmark. The Hawk-owl is a northern bird, and the population fluctuates greatly from year to year following the rodent populations. After a successful breeding season in combination with break down in the rodent populations, especially juveniles may occur far outside the breeding area during winter. Here you will find my portraits of the owl, along with a short video from December 23rd. Go to gallery.