Spring Chickens / by Conor Cunningham

A mother swan and her cygnets

The unusually warm weather continues and the birds' youngsters are all around the place. A trip recently to Østensjøvannet ( a small lake in Oslo ) revealed plenty of wee birds still yet to fledge and generally taking it easy.

A Great Crested Grebe and youngster

I used my 200mm lense for all of the shots which meant some pretty serious cropping on a lot of them. I hope to get myself a tele-extender soon which will boost me up to 400mm but at a cost of two f-stops which will bring me to f/5.6. Not ideal, but $1000 versus $10,000 is a no brainer at stage in my photographic career.

A Coot and her odd looking wee ones.

Oslo has its ups and downs, as do most cities, but its number of parks, forests, waterways and sea is fantastic for those that like the outdoors and the loonies amongst us who enjoying chasing after our flying friends.

Ducklings swim by with their mother to camera right, out of frame.

If you've not been to Østensjøvannet before, I can recommend a trip, even if it is just for a stroll or space forbid, a jog! If you do however wish to see some of spring's natural goodies, you won't be disappointed.

Great Crested Grebes giving the little one a swimming lesson.