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Early spring in the north of Sweden is a marvel for any bird photographer. Winter is still felt in the province of Västerbotten early April, but spring is due. While the cold has not subsided and there may even be snow, birds and other animals already mark their territory and start their magnificent courtship.
We take our time to immerse ourselves in these beautiful surroundings, observing wildlife and photographing the iconic birds of the high north. Many species of woodpeckers inhabit this region, as do several species of Scandinavian owl, such as the northern hawk-owl, whose path we hope to cross.
THE HIDES OF CONNY LUNDSTRÖM
We team up with our Swedish partner Conny Lundström for this high-level scouting trip to Sweden. Conny is an internationally renowned professional photographer. He has built several hides throughout this region, which he knows like the back of his hand. He used his experience and knowledge of the area to position the hides in the most strategic places.
Early April is the best time to visit the north of Sweden, allowing us to benefit from the combination of light and snow. It’s also the ideal time to photograph the golden eagle. We will spend most of our time in very comfortable hides, which contain heating and a toilet.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
We will adjust our schedule depending on your wishes and the weather circumstances. Our partner Conny Lundström will advise us in due time.
When visiting the hides near the black grouses in display, we explore the surroundings in the evening. Warm sleeping bags and matrasses will be in place, but don’t forget to bring warm clothing. Waking up at first morning light to a group of black grouses in display is an unforgettable experience!
Depending on the courtship of the grouses, we might also position ourselves in small tents. Another option are the floating hides, which allow us to make the most beautiful images of whooper swans and cranes. We make sure not to disturb the courtship, as we position ourselves in the hides before sunrise.
ACCOMODATION AND TRANSPORT
We remain close to the areas we explore, so we never take long rides. Our hotel is a comfortable villa, where we have breakfast and dinner. Packed lunch is provided daily.
The villa offers one single room and two twin rooms. When spending a night in a hide, heating or warm sleeping bags are provided. You can always bring extra clothing or an insulation blanket.
We move around by car, minibus or even snow scooter, depending on the weather. Flights are not included.
Early April is still wintertime in Sweden. The average temperatures are slightly below zero (Umeå predictions), and the wind makes the perceived temperature even colder. So please take warm clothing: a fleece, warm winter coat and walking trousers, and rain trousers. The best thing to wear is several light layers of clothing. You will receive a more detailed list of what to bring before departure. As you will regularly be adjusting optical devices in these cold conditions, gloves are indispensable, as are a shawl and a hat.