Kalvebod Fælled

Kalvebod Fælled

By Peter Petersen

Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) is called: Gul vipstjert in Danish. I observed this specimen feeding on Mayflies (Ephemeroptera)


This is a female Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) This species is called: Bogfinke in Danish.

The Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) has an open nest and the pale colors of the female makes it perfectly camouflaged for when she is incubating the eggs.

The Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is called: Gransanger in Denmark.

The Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) has dark legs

I usually play the call of the Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) on my phone to lure them close enough so that I can photograph them and see them properly.

The call of the Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is very distinct and is the reason for common name.

The Leaf warblers are very simular and the best way to identify the Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is by sound.


The Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is an insectivorous bird.


This Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) looks shy but actually it is just looking for food under the bark.


The Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is perfectly adapted to life trees. Their claws have a good grip on the loose bark.


In this photo the dark legs of the Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is very clear.


The Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is 10–12 centimetres long.


The Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) male weighs 7–8 grammes and the female 6–7 grammes. 

The male Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is highly territorial during the breeding season.

Another species here is the Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis).

The Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is called: Isfugl in Danish.

The Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) feeds mainly on fish like perch (Perca fluviatilis). 

The Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) usually hunts from branches 1-2 meters above the surface.

The national bird of Denmark is the Mute Swan (Cygnus olor). The Danish common name is: Knopsvane.

This is a female Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) also called: Kvækerfinke in Danish.  

This is a female European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris) in Denmark called: Grønirisk.

Each year thousands of Barnacle Geese (Branta leucopsis) arrive to the island of Amager. The Danish common name is: Bramgås.

The wingspan of the Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) is 132-145 cm.

The Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) can weigh up to 1.7 kilos.

The White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) is called: Havørn in Danish. This bird of prey is the largest in Denmark.

This White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) is a young bird. As an adult this species wingspan is 200-245 cm.

 A smaller species here is the Western marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus). The Danish common name for this species is: Rørhøg.

The Western marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus) have a wingspan of 110-125 cm.


The Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) is called: Tyrkerdue in Danish.



The common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) is rarely seen but often heard. This species is called: Gøg in Danish.


The common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) use mimicry. It mimics the Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) in order to place its eggs in the small birds nests without being attacked by the parents.


The common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) seem to feed mainly on insects.

A male Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) in flight. This species is called: Bynkefugl in Danish.

This is a female Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)

The back of the Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) is perfectly camouflaged in the grasslands.

The pattern of the Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) is truly amazing. 


The common whitethroat (Sylvia communis) is called: Tornsanger in Danish. This species sing an amazing tune.


This common whitethroat (Sylvia communis) apparently have not seen the Crane Fly (Tipulidae) which have landed on his throat.

The Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) consuming a spider.

The song of the Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) is associated with summer.

Engpiber is the Danish name of the Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis).




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Wildlife in and around the river system

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Birds, lizards, frogs, freshwater fish, rainforest and dry forest



Ladybird spider (Photo article coming soon)



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