Birdwatching in Finland

I am not sure this should be called birdwatching at all … OK, so we spent a lot of time on the birdwatching tower at Siikalahti, a most beautiful and interesting place full of lovely birds worth waiting for. We also visited other towers built for this purpose and we spent a lot of time paddling around, binoculars and cameras ready for a quick grab.

On many occasions, it felt as if we were … don’t know: bird paparazzi, and not birdwatchers. I mean: in Finland, birds will simply drop by and pose for a lovely photo or five. Little do they seem to know how rarely they are seen in our south, how totally new or exotic they may appear to us for that reason and how much excitement they are causing by their nonchalance …

The Black-Throated Loon for example: we had days to spend observing a family of those beautiful arctic birds swimming around in their home area.


Or the Horned Grebe (aka the Slavonian Grebe): It is very small and difficult to capture from a tower well above, also because it will dive constantly, but one can still get some satisfying photos, almost every evening if willing to wait a bit:


We hadn’t even known the Horned Grebe existed before this holiday, the same goes for the Red-necked Grebe, also a bird which was often patiently waiting to be photographed:


My hubby was particularly happy about the lovely Common Terns posing for his big camera:


The most important birds in southern and eastern Finland are Ospreys: one can see many of them, we even chanced upon a nest on a small island and at Siikalahti, four of them put up a show for us: they were flying formations, basking in the evening sun. It was unforgettable. Actually, we were too stunned to get appropriate photos, so we caught only two of the four fish-catching eagles:

When driving around in the south-east of Finland and searching for birdwatching spots, we often approached the border area where one is not allowed to walk through because Russia begins on the other side. A pity one cannot make a short trip to the nearest Russian town without a visa (the only exception being short visa-free trips from Helsinki or similar), since I’d have really loved to.

It is particularly difficult to come back to Germany, well knowing how many birding adventures there are to be had in Finland. We have visited our beloved Wagbachniederung since, but there’s not much going on there, logically – it is still summer.

Apart from … 2 Little Bitterns flying around in our paddling area!😀 We need to go there more often and maybe, just maybe they’ll let us take a photo. Maybe. See, they are almost extinct in Germany (though not worldwide) …


6 responses to “Birdwatching in Finland

  • Kaneli

    Linnut!😉 Na Finskem jih je pa res veliko, sploh poleti. Žal nimam dosti pojma o ptičih in med drugim poznam samo belolične gosi, ki se potem jeseni selijo čez moj blok in gagajo. Galebe in race sem poiskala na Wikipediji, za vse ostale pa ne vem, kaj so. Pa že ko grem na jogging v mojem helsinškem predmestju, vidim zanimive ptiče skakati po travi… samo ko ne morem v Google vnesti slike, da bi mi po sliki našlo vrsto ptiča.😀

    • alcessa

      V ta velki Stockmannovi knjigarni prodajajo finsko knjigo s slikami in imeni🙂 , ki naj bi olajšala določanje ptic🙂

      Spomnila si me na mojo naljubšo finsko besedo do sedaj: lintutorni…

      Obstaja nemško podjetje, ki se ukvarja z organizacijo in vodenjem potovanj za opazovalce ptic, med drugim organizirajo tudi potovanje na Finsko, na sever. A veš, kako draga zadeva je to?🙂

  • Kaneli

    Vcasih sem pozimi hranila ptice (hrano je potem itak pozrla tudi veverica) in se spomnim zelenega scinkavca in sinice. Zdaj sem v cetrtem nadstropju, tako da hodim na sprehod hranit race in galebe.😀 Helsinski galebi so precej nasilni, btw.

    • alcessa

      🙂

      Recimo na tržnici, ne da? Prav čuden občutek je, da moraš hrano tako vztrajno braniti pred njimi … Drugače pa so mi galebi všeč samo od daleč – pri nas se vsako leto ene 2000 ta malih naseli v Wagbachu in potem gnezdijo in valijo in se derejo, da je joj. Menda so zelo priljubljeni sosedi, ker odganjajo večje ptice, ki sicer kradejo jajca ali pa mladičke, zato druge manjše ptice rade gnezdijo poleg njih. Kakor koli že, meni absolutno preveč vreščijo.

      V Siikalahtiju (v bližini Parikkale) naj bi se nahajale tudi velike bobnarice – gre za sorodnike čapelj, ki jih tudi izkušeni opazovalci zelo zelo redko dobijo pred oči … Nama seveda ni uspelo.

    • alcessa

      Aja, kdaj se vračaš na Finsko?🙂

  • Kaneli

    Včeraj sem prestavila svoj obisk še za en teden, torej nazaj na sever potujem 26.8. Starši imajo psa…❤😀 Hja, ti galebi se res derejo in dejansko ukradejo hrano s krožnika. V ZOO-ju na Korkeasaariju sva s kolegico videli, kako je galeb prav napadel skupino mulcev s sladoledom, ki so se potem razbežali.

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