Uncle Henry´s Universe.

Uncle Henry´s Universe.

About the blog

I have no heavy training... Barely Elementary School. Preferred the wilderness, it became my university, but I got muddy boots and experience instead of School knowledge so my English was therefore quite inadequate. This blog is a project to improve my skills in English language.

We all have our own universe, welcome to visit mine.

Poor meee!

Nature ConservationPosted by Uncle Henry Fri, March 04, 2016 19:11:33

Now it is a difficult time for me and my dear colleagues. Not yet finished with wolf tracking when the golden eagle demands attention. Frustrating days comes before us. When you track wolves, are you thinking about all the eagles who wishes to be registered and when you are waiting for eagles that never turns out, are you thinking about all the wolves that wish to be tracked. You are never quite satisfied.

As we say every year, it's a crappy job, but someone has to do it!

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Continued tracking!

WolfPosted by Uncle Henry Wed, February 24, 2016 21:46:29

It was a gorgeous day in the wolves' tracks, with continued course straight into Norway. I became more and more convinced that it was the Gräsmark couple I followed, but the response in the form of droppings and urine was not found until late in the day. (And the test results come first in a week or two.)
They crossed each lake or river they encountered, and I had to go around according to the safety rules that we have, and which I support with all my heart. The ice is very sneaky this winter, so I do not take risks.

Even today I found a moose killed by wolves and it was also completely eaten. It was an old moose with much worn teeth. The front teeth in the lower jaw were worse than I've ever seen before.

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Tracking abroad!

WolfPosted by Uncle Henry Mon, February 22, 2016 22:27:05
Wolf pack territory changed between years and overlap at times. When last year I thought I tracked the Kerto pack, DNA analysis showed that it was the Gräsmark pack. In January this year, I once again tracked in exactly the same place, and I thought it was Gräsmark ... But it was Kerto! Today I tracked again, in the same place as before, and that should reasonably be Kerto because they ate of the moose they killed in January ... but the tracking went to our neighboring country, Norway… And that is Gräsmark territory. Perhaps I will get answer during tomorrow's tracking.

When the wolves cross the watercourses I have to take me around in some other way. It often makes the walk twice as long. Tracked down to the river and went back the same way, then took the car via Norway into Sweden again, and continued to track when the tracks were found. Wolves do not care for cold water. Wolf trackers do.

There is not much left of the moose calf that wolves killed in late January. Hungry wolves, red foxes, raven and one or two golden eagle has had a feast. Voles, mice and small birds continue partying, and thereafter hand over to insects and even smaller organisms, the natural cycle.

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Hungry hawk!

Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Tue, February 09, 2016 21:12:03

Restaurant happy bird is a success, several kilos of shelled sunflower seeds has maintained a swarm of now quite rich and prosperous great tits. It also attracts other dinner guests, such as Mr. Sparrow hawk.

We make no difference to the guests; those who are hungry can provide themselves. Okay, the neighbor's cats excepted, they are often quite chilly treated, but sparrow hawk and pygmy owl are welcome at the bird table, which also has delicate voles to offer on the menu.

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A day's work.

WolfPosted by Uncle Henry Sat, February 06, 2016 10:51:35

Early morning in the tracks of two wolves that made a short visit to the village, frightened a horse to panic, and created hot topic to discuss while visiting the villages only general store. I follow the tracks down to the lake, where the wolves have been hunting roe deer in the grove surrounding the changing cabin, at the local beach.

Then we returned to the mountains. Raven calls out, there is a moose killed by wolves somewhere in the dense forest around me, but I find it not. The tracks carry on and I follow, always looking for pee and poo. (DNA - samples that hopefully makes tracking valuable for our work)

Lunch on a stump with a view of the landscape, sunshine and a few degrees, it starts to feel like spring already. A black tit singing eagerly from the top of a fir tree, as a non-lubricated sewing machine ", sittju-sittju-sittju-sittju".

The light begins to return, working days become longer. At dusk, another wolf pair walking along a river, sometimes eerily close to the fragile ice edge. You need to be vigilant, but it is also part of the job, to assess the risks related to different types of terrain and circumstances.

I found both pee and poo during the tracking. It was a good day.

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Everyday lifePosted by Uncle Henry Fri, February 05, 2016 11:17:22

If you are young and vulnerable, and surrounded by long scary strangers, then jump up on a rock and defend yourselves, stand close together, back to back. Mom and Dad are on its way, they are going to save you!

Hmm, stop dreaming, down with the nose and continue to track, it's a long way to go before it´s evening.

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Track Story.

WolfPosted by Uncle Henry Wed, January 27, 2016 16:54:21

The track tells; that alpha male and alpha female frequently urine marks together in the same place and both with lifting legs, and in this case that tracker preparing samples for the DNA analysis.

The track tells; that other, low ranking members of the family urinating in a squatting position. Anatomy Knowledge need not be particularly impressive to see if it´s a male or female that eased the pressure.

The track tells; that an old root cellar can give a little warmth and security for some scabies infested young wolves during the coldest period so far this winter.

The track tells; that even a wolf weighs lighter than that chubby tracker!

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Follow mom.

LynxPosted by Uncle Henry Sat, January 23, 2016 16:34:52

It's been another great winter week with about 20 degrees below zero and lots of interesting tracking. It began with wolves (scabies infected, tragically in the biting cold) but ended with tracking of the season's first lynx, a female with a cub. It was far nicer.

Over long distances, you could not see that there was more than one animal treading in the tracks, but then suddenly, when they jump down a slope, it turns out to be two.

In some places appear that the female marked her territory, in other that kid become restless and started to play around a bit, but almost immediately continue their targeted journey towards bushland rich in roe deer and hares.

Lynx weighs slightly compared to a tracker, still a little chubby after Christmas and New Year holidays. (A beaver insidious dam subjected me to several unplanned plunge, but it is claimed that the winter bathing is good for the character.)

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Winter season!

WolfPosted by Uncle Henry Sun, January 17, 2016 10:53:40

This Week wolf tracking has been done in about 20 degrees below zero and with snow to the knees. Now is the winter for real. It´s demanding but beautiful, the job is not so bad right now!

When the snow is deep and loose, moves the wolves in the same manner as the lynx. They usually go where it is least snow, through the bushes and under dense trees. That is when the tracker's main equipment is a proper hood!

If you do not have a hood, you have to tighten your belt, then the snow will at least do not extend below the lower back ... smiley

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Nordic light

TravelPosted by Uncle Henry Sun, January 10, 2016 16:20:07

We were hungry for a little beach holiday now in the dark winter time, so we went to Iceland, where it was even darker ... Hmm, but the bath was nice and warm. Blue Lagoon is world famous for its hot water directly from the hot springs out of the ground. It was blowing ice-needles, the water stung the skin and smelled a bit like rotten eggs, but it was certainly an experience to savor.

It is said that, what you lose in the blue lagoon, is lost forever. It is not always true. You can retrieve an iPhone, but it requires endless hard work, desperately swimming and advanced diving techniques to succeed. And yes, expensive waterproof shell is waterproof, even when they have been chewed on by lava sand.

We were in Iceland just under a week and would like to travel light, no suitcases and minimal hand luggage. No advanced photo and video equipment, just an iPhone and a tiny action camera. It stung!

With just under four hours of daylight it was hard to get any sensible picture with so faint equipment. The fact that it blew almost storm did not make things easier. But it was infinitely beautiful and well worth experiencing. The blue light just before dusk was the most amazing, magical light I've ever experienced! (The above picture was taken at dawn, 11:03 am, and provides only a small taste of the blue light)

Reykjavik is a great place; it has everything one could ask of a city. Wilderness completely doorstep, where Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull and Purple Sandpipers huddle in the old harbor, there are outdoor shops in abundance, and not the least; An abundance of great cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants! (And they have very good beer!)

Perhaps it should also be mentioned that there are several universities, lots of museums, galleries and other cultural buildings. And that there are an unusual number of sculptures, you can reflect on.

Go there! It is worth it!

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