Flying from Malta to Sweden during corvid-19



Wednesday 31st of March 2021 and they asked me for my ticket when I tried to enter the airport. I told them that I had an electronic ticket but they required me to show a ticket. Stupid! What’s the purpose for an e-ticket then?

Check in is not open and no place to sit. I go to buy a juice and I see that they are selling salmon & omelette wraps and when I have finished my snack they have opened the check-in for Lufthansa flight LH 1277 to Frankfurt.

I check-in and I ask for an empty row of seats and as the flight is not full the girl manage to get me an empty row so I can stretch my legs in case of the restless leg syndrome.

Malta International Airport
The airport is almost empty

Malta International Airport
The airport is almost empty

Malta International Airport
I go to buy juice and a salmon & omelettes wrap

Malta International Airport
Enjoy my salmon & omelette wrap

Security was a quick affair and I went to look for the lounge. I was informed that there was no lounge at the airport and I went to take a seat. Suddenly I had a Waiter next to me and he sked if I wanted anything to eat and he arranged for a big glass of tea. I ended up with two excellent sandwiches as well.

Sitting in the departure hall drinking tea and one sparrow flew to the doors to the smoking terrace. I was really in pain for the bird flying in to the door, but, just before the bird hit the door it turned sharp right and flew a circle and out through the door that had opened when the bird activated the door sensor.

I was about to fall off the chair!!!! I pointed at the door asking the Waiter if the bird made it. He told me that the bird always do that, fly by to activate the door opening and then make a circle and fly out. Seriously, I still cannot believe what I just saw.

Malta International Airport - Boarding flight LH 1277 to Frankfurt
Boarding flight LH 1277

Malta International Airport - Boarding flight LH 1277 to Frankfurt
Boarding flight LH 1277

Malta International Airport - Boarding flight LH 1277 to Frankfurt
Boarding flight LH 1277

Malta International Airport - Boarding flight LH 1277 to Frankfurt
Boarding flight LH 1277

Malta International Airport - Boarding flight LH 1277 to Frankfurt
Boarding flight LH 1277

Malta International Airport - Boarding flight LH 1277 to Frankfurt
Boarding flight LH 1277

Malta International Airport - Boarding flight LH 1277 to Frankfurt
Boarding flight LH 1277

Malta International Airport - Boarding flight LH 1277 to Frankfurt
Boarding flight LH 1277

We have to go to the plane with bus, and I suspect all flights are boarded via buss as I cannot see any walk bridges at the airport. I was on the first bus and I was seated and I could see the rest of the passengers climbing up the stairs to get on board

I always ask for an extension when I board my flights. Even if it is not necessary as it is more comfortable. And I have been impressed on all the latest flights with Lufthansa. The cabin crew are like Magicians. The walk down the aisle to deliver the “LARD BELT” and it is like the belt just appear from their shirt sleeves. Very discrete and no one else even notice what is going on.

Other flights on different airlines and the cabin crew walk down the flippin' aisle with the “LARD BELT” like a flippin' banner.

Lufthansa flight LH 1277 to Frankfurt
Boarding completed

Lufthansa flight LH 1277 to Frankfurt
TAXI

Lufthansa flight LH 1277 to Frankfurt
Flying over eBird hotspots Ghajn Tuffieha and Gold Bay

I am soon having two cups of tea in front of me. I said no thanks to the food as the two sandwiches on the airport had been enough. 2 hours and 20 minutes to Frankfurt and it was terrible, I suffered from a terrible restless leg syndrome. Otherwise I was pleased with the flight, and all the other Lufthansa flight I have had the last few week.

We arrived to Frankfurt at 3 o'clock in the afternoon here in Frankfurt. So I will have to spend 6 hours on this absolutely NO THRILL airport. I found Lufthansa’s lounge and I was surprised how quick the time passed.

Lufthansa's lounge at Frankfurt international
Lufthansa's lounge at Frankfurt international

Lufthansa's lounge at Frankfurt international
Lufthansa's lounge at Frankfurt international

No refreshments, only to sit down but I kept myself busy with my pictures and I had soon killed 5 hours and I left for the gate at 8 o'clock. The airport was almost empty by now and my flight to Sweden was for sure not full.

I was happy even though I already have arranged for my own row of seats. Departure as per schedule and I had tea and they served snacks. Short flight and we arrived to Landvetter International 1 hour 20 minutes later.

I have booked one night at Landvetter Airport Hotel and it is a couple of minutes to walk there from the arrival hall and I was in bed at 23:30 with the alarm set to go off at 6 o'clock.

Frankfurt international
Not many passengers at Frankfurt international

Frankfurt international
Lufthansa flight LH 820 from Frankfurt to Landvetter International

Landvetter international
Arrival to Landvetter International

Landvetter international
Waiting for the luggage

Landvetter Airport Hotel
At the hotel

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Thursday 1st of April 2021
and I went to pick up my car after breakfast. Booked for 7 o'clock and I drove back to pick up my bag at the hotel and I was off towards south. One night in Helsingborg before driving to Hornborga to look for Cranes tomorrow. Of course, I will stop to explore different eBid hotspots on my way south.

Landvetter Airport Hotel
Gloom and Grey and chill for long as I can see

Landvetter Airport Hotel
Gloom and Grey and chill for long as I can see

Coming out from the hotel and I was disappointed, gloom and grey for long as I could see. It was a wee bit chilly as well. But I was lucky and it was blue sky and sunshine when I reached the first eBird hotspot. I did three hot spots just south of Go:teborg.

The first hotspot, Mönster had no access for cars. So I skipped that one as I need to be on my way to some other hotspots in the south.

So I drove to Viken, Onsala a couple of minutes away and then to Råöslätten just next to the hotspot “Viken, Onsala”

Eurasian Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, Blåmes

Bird watching in Sweden
Robin at eBird hotspot: Viken, Onsala

Bird watching in Sweden
eBird hotspot: Viken, Onsala

Bird watching in Sweden
Canada Goose at eBird hotspot: Viken, Onsala

By the time I reached the hotspots the weather was excellent. Sunshine and the thermometer had worked its way all the way from 3.5 °C to 6.5 °C and I enjoyed myself looking for birds in the beautiful area. Reaching Råöslätten, practically just to stop the eBird app and restart.

Not many birds, but plenty Greylag Gooses on the fields.

Sky Larks over the fields and one landed just in front of me, but as the windshield was between me and the bird the pictures were hardly good enough even for ID.

Greylag Goose, Anser anser, Grågås, Grågås

Greylag Goose, Anser anser, Grågås, Grågås
Greylag Goose / Grågås

I go to visit eBird hotspot: Råöviken but it seems to be a private area. So I drive back to the highway and I drive south towards Morups Tånge, a famous bird watching area. The weather is like summer and the thermometer are now showing 11 °C and it is still early morning.

I leave the highway and I drive towards the coast, Morups Tånge have a big lighthouse so the hotspot is just on the beach. I pass a sign saying bird watching area and I make a U-turn to go back to check it out. Turns out that this is also an eBird hotspot: Munkagårdsfloen

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen
eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen
eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen
eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen
Bird hide

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen
Bird hide with plenty holes to look out the hide

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen
View from the hide

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen is a wetland, and I think it is man-made. There is a bird hide and a bird watching tower overlooking the wetland / ponds. I went in to the hide and I discover many slide covers for the holes.

There were wood benches so you could sit down looking out through the lower holes. I really liked the place, but today it was mostly Black-headed Gulls making noise.

There were also 2 pairs of Common Shelducks and a pair of Mute Swans. I left the hide and I had walked 10 meters when I spotted a pair of Northern Lapwings and I went back to the hide to try to get pictures but I failed. I walked back to the car and I had one White Wagtail flying over me, so spring is definitely here with the wagtails.

Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Skrattmås
Black-headed gull / Skrattmås

Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, Skrattmås
Black-headed gull / Skrattmås

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen
Mute Swan

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen
Mute Swan

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen
Common Shelduck

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen
Common Shelduck

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen
Time to leave the Munkagårdsfloen

eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen
Todays track at eBird hotspot Munkagårdsfloen

eBird

eBird Report


Munkagårdsfloen, Hallands län [SE-13], SE
Apr 1, 2021 11:36 - 12:25
Protocol: Traveling
0.85 kilometer(s)
8 species

Canada Goose 1
Mute Swan 2
Common Shelduck 4
Northern Lapwing 2 Looks to be dating
Black-headed Gull 100
Hooded Crow 1
Common Starling 3
White Wagtail (alba) 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S84522198

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



I drive down to Morups Tånge and I discover that the access to the beach is closed, well, of course you can go down, but from 1 April to 15 August it is a bird protection area. Of course I could have walked down to the water front. But we need to respect the wild life. There was another birder with a scope and we got to talk.

I told him that I was disappointed not to be able to get down to the beach and he gave me a lot of information. Obviously not the first time he is in the area. We left together and I followed him to the light house.

eBird hotspot Morups Tånge
Morups Tånge

eBird hotspot Morups Tånge
Morups Tånge

eBird hotspot Morups Tånge
Morups Tånge

eBird hotspot Morups Tånge
Morups Tånge

Goldcrest, Regulus regulus, Kungsfågel

Goldcrest, Regulus regulus, Kungsfågel
Goldcrest / Kungsfågel

Goldcrest, Regulus regulus, Kungsfågel
Goldcrest / Kungsfågel

Goldcrest, Regulus regulus, Kungsfågel
Goldcrest / Kungsfågel

Goldcrest, Regulus regulus, Kungsfågel
Goldcrest / Kungsfågel

I was a few minutes after him to the light house and he had felt over a small fence and in the fall he had spotted four Goldcrests in the tree above him. And there were four of them, most likely more, but not easy to keep track of them.

They were not scared at all, they just cared about the food. But their call / song is very weak so it was not so easy but I gave it a try.

Listen to the Goldcrest

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder. High Pass Filter applied with Audacity

Background sound, a lot of seabirds at the beach


Easter and there was a lot of birders as I think it is a public holiday. And most of the birders are friendly so we were talking and I got a tip, a very hot tip! A King Eider in Laxvik just south of Halmstad. So I will pass the area on my way to Helsingborg.

I was with another Birder looking at seabirds and we also gave the Firecrest a try without any luck. We had a good time and I really enjoyed the time here at Morups Tånge


Remarks from the Recordist

Same bird as XC634839. Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder. High Pass Filter applied with Audacity

Background sound, a lot of seabirds at the beach


www.xeno-canto.org

Eurasian Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus, Common Pied Oystercatcher, Palaearctic Oystercatcher, Strandskata

Eurasian Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus, Common Pied Oystercatcher, Palaearctic Oystercatcher, Strandskata
Eurasian Oystercatcher / Strandskata

eBird hotspot Morups Tånge
Todays track at Morups Tånge light house

eBird

eBird Report


Morups Tånge, Hallands län [SE-13], SE
Apr 1, 2021 12:41 - 12:55
Checklist Comment: Part 1 - No access to the beach and I move to the light house to start part 2 of the checklist
Protocol: Traveling
0.18 kilometer(s)
4 species

Mute Swan 4
Black-headed Gull 50
Common Magpie 1
Hooded Crow 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S84522642

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



eBird

eBird Report


Morups Tånge, Hallands län [SE-13], SE
Apr 1, 2021 12:58 - 14:16
Checklist Comment: Part 2 of the Morups Tånge chacklist
Protocol: Traveling
0.87 kilometer(s)
10 species

Mute Swan 2
Common Woodpigeon 1
Eurasian Oystercatcher 1
Herring Gull 5
Great Cormorant 3
Common Magpie 3
Hooded Crow X Many
Goldcrest 4
European Robin 1
Eurasian Tree Sparrow 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S84524723

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



I left Morups Tånge to have a look at Gloomen next to Morups Tånge. Just to restart the eBird app and I had a look around Gloomen before I went back to the highway steering south. By now I was hungry and I decided to have a stop at Laxbutiken for some smoked salmon and dill creamed potatoes.

The food was excellent as usually and I decided to come back next week when I will revisit the eBird hotspot: Morups Tånge when coming back from the Crane Dance.

Laxbutiken
Laxbutiken

Laxbutiken
Laxbutiken

Laxbutiken
Laxbutiken

Laxbutiken
Laxbutiken

Leaving Laxbutiken and I managed to find Laxviken. I had no clue where to go but as the King Eider is a very rare bird to see in Sweden there were bird watchers everywhere so just to follow them as the King Eider is the only atraction around here.

There was a big group pointing scopes and cameras in to a garden and I had a look, one Black Redstart. I asked the group and they were on their way back to the parking. They had seen the King Eider but it was very far away.

They told me to go down to the beach and to look for the other bird watchers and to look in the direction where they pointed their scopes.

Laxvik
Laxvik

Laxvik
Laxvik

Bird watching in Laxvik
Black-headed Gull

Bird watching in Laxvik
I see the bird watchers looking for the King Eider

I go to see the bird watchers and I asked if they had seen the King Eider. No one had seen the bird and we looked out over the see. Suddenly someone thought they had seen the King Eider. There were maybe 3 or 4 groups of eiders far out at the sea.

And the birds were sometimes below waves, so the birds was visible and then it disappeared behind a wave. So next to impossible to get the eye on one small King Eider far out at sea.

I had to point my camera towards the group where they had seen the King Eider.

I only saw white dots in my camera and I decided to take several pictures and to check them back at the hotel when I have the pictures on my computer.

Bird watching in Laxvik
King Eider far away

Bird watching in Laxvik
King Eider far away

Bird watching in Laxvik
King Eider far away

I was very happy to discover three pictures that I could use. Very small, but it was possible to ID the King Eider. I was in bed early and I will drive to Hornborgasjön and Trandansen to look at the Common Cranes and other exciting birds that I hope will Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st show up.

But first some morning birding before I drive to pick up my nephew and he will join me going to look for the Cranes at Hornborga and we have booked hotels for 2 nights.

Click HERE to see if we have any luck with the Cranes.



       
                  
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Jiffy (also jiff)

noun [in SING.] informal a moment: we'll be back in a jiffy.

ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.

So as you understand, in a jiff pretty much depends on your internet.
So I put a “Next” button here and I hope that there isn't any problem to understand how to use that one. So just CLICK the “Next” button on your left hand side and you will be on the next page in a jiff!

Marunong ka mag-tagalog? Walang problema! Magpunta sa kabilang pahina pindutin ang “NEXT” button sa itaas

Faites vous parlez le français? Pas de problème! Pour arriver à la page suivante faites s'il vous plaît un déclic le bouton “Next” ci-dessus!

Haga usted dice el español? No hay problema! Ver la siguiente página sólo hacer clic el botón “Next” encima!

Farla parla l'italiano? Non problemi! Per vedere la prossima pagina lo scatto per favore giusto Il bottone “Next” sopra

Sprechen sie Deutsch! Kein problem! Wenn Sie die folgende Seite sehen wollen gerade klicken der Knopf “Next” oben!

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E ni Svenskar och inte förstår Engelska så ska ni skämmas. J och Björn, med det menar jag inte att alla mina stavfel ska ältas varje gång vi träffas.

Flag of Skåne / Skånska flaggan Well, the flag of Skåne, just a BONUS flag.


                                       

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