|The Øresund Bridge|
However, to get to Malmö from Copenhagen by road you first have to cross the Øresund Straight via the rather expensive Øresund Bridge, around £45 each way! The bridge, completed in 2000 and the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe, runs nearly 5 miles from the Swedish coast to the artificial island of Peberholm in the middle of the strait and then a further 2.5 miles through Drogden Tunnel to the Danish island of Amager.
**Be aware if visiting by road/rail! Sweden still operates a 'hard-border' and passports are required to enter!!
Primarily a sightseeing city break we naturally set aside some birding time and so on Good Friday took the two-hour drive north along the coast from Malmö to Getterönʼs nature reserve, situated a mile north of the centre of Varberg. Thanks to the mild climate and the proximity to the sea, many birds winter here. Heated water from Varberg’s sewage plant flows through the channel and out into the lagoon and contributes to keeping the ice away, even during severe winters.
|Whooper Swan ~ constant movement at Getterön|
We spent a few hours at Getterön visiting the hides, viewing platforms and walking the nature trails. Grazing around the lagoon was large numbers of Barnacle Geese and Greylag Geese with a number of White-fronted Geese and single Red-breasted Goose also noted. There appeared to be a constant movement of Whooper Swans during our stay, with birds feeding around the lagoon and small family parties departing regularly, perhaps taking advantage of the clear conditions. We managed just two Bewick Swans but these quickly moved on. A decent population of Avocet with 35 birds and a selection of other waders which included: Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank and Oystercatcher. Several pairs of Smew in the open water, along with Eurasian Teal and three Green-winged Teal. Goldeneye were plentiful, as were Shelduck and Tufted Duck, along with a small population of Gadwall and a pair of Goosander.
|Taiga Bean Goose ~ Well spotted by Dee as he peered over the rocks!|
As a footnote the weather for the best part of our stay was dreadful! With heavy snow and unseasonal temperatures throughout our stay. In fact, a visit to Kristianstads Vattenrike wetlands on Sunday was abandoned when heavy snow made conditions virtually impossible!!