I did a short trip to Finland in early June, mainly to try and catch up with a few key species I was missing, but also to just immerse myself in the forests and scenery of this amazing country. I travelled out there with Tim Sykes, and we met up with Janne and Hanna Aalto who guided us for the week. For a full trip report, please read Janne’s report at http://www.caligata.com/tripreports/en/ita-suomi and it really wouldn’t have been possible without Janne’s help. So a big thankyou to Janne and Hanna, and also to all of Janne’s friends (Jari ”Jassi” Kiljunen, Kalle Larsson, Antti Peuna and Miika “Potu” Suojarinne among others) who provided us with up to date information and great company, without which we would have failed to find several of the key species. Hope you enjoy the photos.
Hanna repairing the riot helmet in preparation for the Ural Owls
Janne with Ural Owl chicks. Note the full protective gear needed to ring Ural Owl chicks!
Ural Owl chicks
Black Grouse, male in tree and female on track
Great Grey Owls and chicks. Probably the best owl I’ve seen so far, and a true privilege to spend time with them so near the nest. They were completely unconcerned, and the male brought several prey items in our time there.
Tengmalm’s Owl, looking remarkably relaxed
Hawk Owl and its nesting area. The owl is sitting in the tallest tree.
Baltic Gull. Note the change in the depth of grey depending on the angle. This is the same bird in both shots.
Inside the Wolverine hide with me and Janne. Tim just visible making tea. Note the handy bog roll!
Wolverine. A mega mammal, and well worth the long wait in the hide.
Valtavaara area, near Kuusamo.
Red-flanked Bluetail, adult male.
Tim, Janne and me at Valtaara. No idea why I’m doing an Alan Partridge!
Capercaillie. This particular male had gone rogue, and gave incredibly close views.
Love this! No Capercaillies were harmed in the making of this video. However, Janne did lose a leg…