Friday, 25 May 2012

Summer at Slettnes

Sleep in historical surroundings, eat in the cozy café, and join a guided tour in the tower, where incomparable views of sea, moor and mountain reward the effort of ascending the 139 steps. A hike through Slettnes Nature Reserve is an experience to remember, whether one's main interest is birding, ancient remains or simply scenery.
Opening hours: June 9th. - August 15th, daily 12 a.m.-19 p.m. Welcome!

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

900 and counting!

Nicolas Selosse is part of a group of Belgian birders currently spending their days by the machine house. Very little that passes within range of their powerful telescopes escape their keen attention, especially if it looks anything like a Pomarine Skua! Nicolas has been to Slettnes several times, and when we spoke to him in the afternoon of May 15th, the happy Belgians were two hours into a Skua rush they believed would break their earlier record. We quickly understood that this was not the time for a longer chat, and left the guys in the sun. As for the Pomarine, this is what it looks like:  
Stercorarius Pomarinus. Picture from wikipedia.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Slettnes lighthouse field station - for students and researchers

For groups of students and researchers who are interested in arctic nature or the history of the coast of Finnmark, Slettnes lighthouse may serve as an ideal base.

Slettnes Feltstasjon Folder

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Loon Galore!

The second group of bidwatchers seem to have good connections with the weather gods. Basking in the sun by the machine house, they report high numbers of both Red-billed and Red-throated loons passing Slettnes the last two days. Yesterday, the lucky fellows also spotted a Snowy Owl, resting just behind the lighthouse buildings.
Adult male, painted by J. Smit 1894. Image from wikipedia.