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Egeland in Gotland


Shelduck by Øivind Egeland

by Øivind Egeland



Øivind Egeland has been a passionate birdwatcher since he was very young. Until the age of 18, his local patch was the wetlands and shorelines of Jæren, close to Stavanger, in the southwest of Norway. Øivind later moved to Vestfold, where he spent a lot of time at the Bird Observatory at Mølen. Øivind used to draw a lot when he was younger, but had a break for about 15 years, before taking it up again a few years ago. Øivind has also started experimenting with watercolours, finding this increasingly rewarding. When he has the time, he prefers to work with field sketches.

More of Øivind's sketches can be found on his blog: fugleillustrasjoner.blogspot.com



Barnacle Goose at Gotland.

Gotland has always been high on my list of places to watch birds. I finally went there last summer, and fell in love with the place - what a perfect blend of culture and nature. I got to do some field sketches as well, in places that were familiar to me through the art of Lars Jonsson, like for instance Faludden. We went in August and one of the main attractions was the migration of adult waders, a group that usually allow themselves to be studied at close range. For a Norwegian, species like Avocet, Little Tern, Caspian Tern and Greenish Warbler were also a treat to see. The sketches were all made in the field, which sometimes presented me with unforseen problems. While drawing the Caspian Tern, the sheer exitement of being close to such a splendid bird made it hard to keep control of the pencil!

Common Gull at Gotland.
Common Gull at Gotland.


Caspian Tern at Gotland
Caspian Tern: This lovely bird settled down in front of me long enough to allow for a quick sketch. It was eventually disturbed by a passing White-tailed Eagle that went on to kill an adult Shelduck further out in the bay.


Arctic Tern at Gotland
Arctic Tern: I was hoping to get close to a Little Tern during my stay, but I only saw them in the air from a distance. This Arctic Tern was more cooperative - not a bad substitute.


Avocet at Gotland
Avocet: When I grew up, a few pairs of Avocets were breeding close to my home at Lake Orrevatn in the south-west of Norway. They don't any more and so I always treasure an opportunity to see this elegant wader in the wild.


Razorbill and Shelduck at Gotland.
Razorbill and Shelduck at Gotland.

Dunlin and Little Gull at Gotland.
Dunlin and Little Gull at Gotland.

Black-headed Gull at Gotland.
Black-headed Gull at Gotland.