Instagram birds, 2014–2017

Part two of reposting an old instagram account, this time with some lo-fi, urban wildlife photography (i.e. crappy bird pics).

Mallards in the snow

December 22nd, 2014: Starting this post off with the same old mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). These guys are used to being fed old bread (which one shouldn’t do, I’ve heard), and go nuts for food in the winter. Very cute, and absolute bastards.

Grey heron standing in a river

January 5th, 2015: Was very surprised to see a grey heron (Ardea cinerea) on my way to work, never seen one in Akerselva before and definitely not in the winter.

Crow’s nest built behind a highway sign

April 6th, 2015: Noticed a crow’s nest above a busy highway. Wouldn’t have chosen that spot myself, but it shows how well they adapt to life in the big city.

A well-camouflaged female mallard nesting in a tree

June 2nd, 2015: A duck... in a tree???

Fieldfare chick sitting on a car roof

June 11th, 2015: Spring is a good time to watch for fieldfare chicks (Turdus pilaris), usually see them bouncing around in parks waiting for their parents to bring them some food. This one looked a bit lost, perched on top of a Mercedes.

Crow perched on a handrail

30th of October, 2015: This hoodie (Corvus cornix) kept me company while waiting for the bus. It wouldn’t fly, looked like it was missing some tailfeathers.

Feral pigeons lined up on a library facade

November 13th, 2015: Feral pigeons (Columba livia domestica) waiting in line for the library to open.

Three crows and a seagull standing in a row on a footpath in a park in the fog.

January 26th, 2016: The crow and gull gang waiting for victims in the fog.

Angry-looking hooded crow perched on a downtown waste bin

April 8th, 2016: Don’t know what this hoodie was up to, crowing to the ladies about his glorious garbage can or telling everybody to back off, but I love the attitude on display here.

Starling in a cherry tree

May 9th, 2016: A starling (Sturnus vulgaris) singing in a cherry tree. Ah, spring.

Mallard female with ducklings

May 25th, 2016: Ducklings! Aww.

Seagull chick seeing itself reflected in a pane of glass, reflecting on life’s mysteries

July 6th, 2016: This little seagull chick must have fallen down from the roof, it wandered around looking confused until it collapsed outside our office door. We tried to give it some tuna (which you’re not supposed to do, I learned later!) and convinced the building super to let us carry it up to the seagull-infested roof, hoping its mama would find it.

I still worry about it sometimes.

Mallard ducklings

May 29th, 2017: More mallards! More ducklings! (Aww.)