In the summer of 2015, I worked as a nature guide on Stora Karlsö. The island is famous for it’s prolific birdlife and has the only large colony of common murres (Latin: Uria aalge, Swedish: Sillgrissla) and razorbills (Latin Alca torda, Swedish: Tordmule) along with the neighbouring island Lilla Karlsö.
During my time I photographed a lot and here are some of my pictures:
Sunrise on Karlsö in May. Birds are still arriving and the eiders are many.
A close up pictre of the common murre. Research is done every year on the common murres in a unique project to know more about the baltic sea. The photo is taken from the a shelf researchers observe them from.
In may every year, parts of Karlsö is full of orchids. Especially the Early purple orchid (in the picture), and the Elderly flowered orchid.
Birdlife on Karlsö
The lighthouse of Karlsö when the sun is setting.
Oystercatcher with its three chicks.
A razor bill streaching its wings
Looking down from the cliffs on Karlsö, you can see birds flying by the cliff side, about to go out fishing, or feed its chick on the cliff.
A common murre flying (Uria aalge). Photographed with a long sutter in order to get the blur.
The researchers on Karlsö, noting down their behaviour.
The view from the lime stone rocks on Karlsö is amazing