Finland, Finland, Finland!!!

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.

Blyth's Reed Warbler (6)Blyth’s Reed Warbler

Eagle Owl (5)

Eagle Owl

Pygmy Owl (125)

Pygmy Owl (25)

Pygmy Owl

Hanna preparing for Ural Owl (2)

Hanna repairing the riot helmet in preparation for the Ural Owls

Ural Owl (42) Ural Owl (58)

Ural Owl

Janne and Hanna at Ural Owl box (1)

Ural Owl chicks and Janne Aalto (2)

Janne with Ural Owl chicks. Note the full protective gear needed to ring Ural Owl chicks!

Ural Owl chicks (1)

Ural Owl chicks

Black Woodpecker (8)

Black Woodpecker

Black Grouse (15)

Black Grouse (52)

Black Grouse, male in tree and female on track

Siberian Jay (71) Siberian Jay (104)Siberian Jay

Booted Warbler (20)Booted Warbler

Great Grey Owl (58) Great Grey Owl (78) Great Grey Owl (73) Great Grey Owl (34) Great Grey Owl (28) Great Grey Owl (13)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.

Woodcock (19)

Woodcock

Tengmalm's Owl (16)

Tengmalm’s Owl, looking remarkably relaxed

Hawk Owl (48) Hawk Owl (10)

Hawk Owl and its nesting area. The owl is sitting in the tallest tree.

Scenery (46) Scenery (45) Scenery (40)

The beautiful Teretti bog in Patvinsuo National Park Baltic Gull (3) Baltic Gull (4)

Baltic Gull. Note the change in the depth of grey depending on the angle. This is the same bird in both shots.

Wolverine hide antics (3)

Inside the Wolverine hide with me and Janne. Tim just visible making tea. Note the handy bog roll!

Wolverine (81) Wolverine (100) Wolverine (49) Wolverine (55) Wolverine (94) Wolverine (116)

Wolverine. A mega mammal, and well worth the long wait in the hide.

Scenery (32) Scenery (26) Scenery (14) Scenery (5)

Valtavaara area, near Kuusamo.

Greenish Warbler (3) Greenish Warbler (13)

Greenish Warbler

Red-flanked Bluetail (53) Red-flanked Bluetail (77) Red-flanked Bluetail (98)

Red-flanked Bluetail, adult male.

Tim, Janne and me (3)

Tim, Janne and me at Valtaara. No idea why I’m doing an Alan Partridge!

Siberian Tit (13) Siberian Tit (54)

Siberian Tit

Three-toed Woodpecker (12)

Three-toed Woodpecker

Capercaillie (3) Capercaillie (146) Capercaillie (8) Capercaillie (26) Capercaillie (35) Capercaillie (102) Capercaillie (138)

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…

 

3 thoughts on “Finland, Finland, Finland!!!

  1. Didn’t realise male capers could be so aggressive, the few times I’ve seen them around Loch Garten they have skulked off.

  2. Pingback: Europe: Return of the carnivores! | The Why Files

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