Kongelunden

Med Pinseskoven og Hejresøen

By Peter Petersen

Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) is called Bramgås in Danish. This goose have a wingspan of 130-145 cm and can reach up to 2.5 kilos.

April

The Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) is called Bogfinke in Danish. This is a male. 

This male Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) is singing to attract a female. This species breeds in Denmark from April.

This female Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) have between 4-5 eggs in her nest and they will hatch after 13 days.  

This male Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) is feeding on cones from the European larch (Larix decidua). This tree is called: Lærk in Danish.

The Great Tit (Parus major) is called Musvit in Danish. This species is among the most common birds in Denmark. 

The Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) called Blåmejse in Denmark is also common. This species have an adult weight of only 10 grams. 

Sadly this was the best photo I got of the Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus).

This Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) is nesting. This species is called: Vibe in Danish.

This is a young Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus).

I were lucky enough to see only 1 day old chicks of Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus). 

 Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) normally get 4 chicks the first time and 2 chicks second time.

This group consisted of 4 Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) chicks. 

 Northern lapwing chick (Vanellus vanellus).

The parents of the Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) was protecting their chicks and getting really close. 

This Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) was warning us with alarm calls. 

But the Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) parent left us alone when as we finished photographing and no longer was a threat to the chicks. 

The Broadleaved Pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium) belong to the Mustard or cabbage family (Brassicaceae). The leafes have a powerfull taste which remind me of a mix of mustard and horseradish. This species is called: Strandkarse in Danish

A Wood sandpiper (Tringa glareola) is called: Tinksmed in Danish. This species rarely breed in Denmark.

 A European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) or stær as it is called in Danish. This one is hunting insects. 

 Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) can reach 19 cm and weight up to 55 grams. This species is called: Sanglærke in Danish. The song of this bird is often associated with summer.

 The Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) is one of the smallest dabbling ducks (Anatinae). This species is only 34-43 cm in lenght and weighs around 360 g. It is called: Krikand in Danish.

 The Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) in Danish called: Engpiber is marked NT (Near Threatened) by IUCN.

The Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) is marked VU (Vulnerable) by IUCN. This is mainly due to residential & commercial development; Housing & urban areas. The photo above is a male.

This is a female Common Pochard (Aythya ferina). This species only breed a few places in Denmark. This duck is called: Taffeland in Danish.

The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) called: Fiskehejre in Danish is the most common species of heron (Ardeidae) in Denmark. This species feed on fish, amphibians, mammals, insects and rarely small birds.

The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is around 1 meter high and have a wingspan of up to around 2 meters but the body is normally only up to 2 kilos.

The Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) is called: Rørspurv in Danish. This species seem to prefer shore habitat with grasses and reeds. 

 The Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) grows to around 15 cm in Lenght.

The Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) seem to feed mainly on seeds. 

 The Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) is called: Skægmejse in Danish. Sadly this was the best photo I got. This is a male.

A common bird in Denmark is the White Wagtail (Motacilla alba). This species is called Hvid vipstjert in Danish. This is a beautiful male. 

The Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) seem very shy. This species I always have problems getting close to. This duck is called: Gravand in Danish. This is a male.

This is a female Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna).

A male Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) in Danish called: Munk. This species is very common in Denmark.

The Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) seem to feed mainly on insects and spiders.

The Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) grows to around 12 cm. This species is called: Løvsanger in Danish. 

May

The Common whitethroat (Sylvia communis) is called: Tornsanger in Danish. I have observed them feeding on small insects like this mosquito.

The Common whitethroat (Sylvia communis) lays 3-7 eggs.

In this area it seem easy to get close to the Common whitethroat (Sylvia communis). Normally they are quite shy.

 

A male Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus).

 

A female Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus).

 

A pair of Bearded Reedling's (Panurus biarmicus). This species is called: Skægmejse in Danish.

 

A female Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) feeding a 2-3 weeks old chick.

 

A Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) chick close up.

 

A male Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) in a classic pose on reed straw.

 

The Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) is a very agile bird. By the look on this young females face you might think it needs one more leg.

 

The Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) is always on alert.

 

A young Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) hiding in between the reed straws.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) is called Stor flagspætte in Danish. I primarily observed them feeding on beetle larvae and spiders.

The Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) is called: Rødben in Danish. This species is very common in the area.

This Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) has found a high point to watch out for predators.

Part of the mating ritual of the Common Redshank (Tringa totanus).

 

A pair of Gadwall (Mareca strepera). This species is called: Knarand in Danish. 

The Gadwall (Mareca strepera) pair flew of and I did not get time to observe them.

Wild Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) are found in coastal drylands usually from May and in to the summer. This is called: Asparges in Danish.

 

When folded together the wings of the Orange Tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) works as a perfect camouflage. This is a male. You can see the orange tips on the edges of the wings. This species is called Aurora Sommerfugl in Danish. 

 

The Copper beech (Fagus sylvatica purpurea) is called: Rødbøg in Danish. It is a cultivated form of common beech.

 

The Common Wood-Pigeon (Columba palumbus) is called: Ringdue and often also referred to as Skovdue in Danish.

 

In the dark forest floor the European Wood Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) is collecting seeds.

 

The Eurasian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) is called Rørsanger in Danish. A beautiful insectivorous bird with an amazing song.

The Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) is an introduced species from Asia. This species arrived to Denmark in 1562. This species is called: Fasan in Danish. Photo above is a male.

A female Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) fleeing.

The Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) is called: Løvsanger in Danish. A common species in this area.

 

A pair of the Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata). This duck species is called: Skeand in Danish.

The male Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) on alert.

A pair of Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) nesting. This species is called: Toppet lappedykker in Danish.

 

A special thanks to

 

Nikolai Filskov (Aves)