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The Fall

January 18, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The Fall

Finally, some ice and snow. Those who complained about the lack of snow have already moved on and are now complaining about the cold weather. Those complaining about the darkness are a bit in-between, but before late they’ll be able to whine about not being able to sleep because it’s too light. And then they’ll have the mosquitoes . . .

Vanhankaupunginkoski, Helsinki, mid January

The Nutcracker

December 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The Nutcracker

Eurasian Jays are suspicious folks. They don’t really trust yours truly to provide them with nuts for the whole winter, so they grab all they can carry and hide them away somewhere. And probably forget where most of them are. This one at least had the manners to pose in front of a background of similar colours.

Fantsnäs, very early December.

The Conductor

September 25, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The Conductor

Yes, humanizing animal behaviour is silly. But with a gesture like this, how can you not? And besides, while this Whooper Swan probably don’t care too much how the second fiddle hits her b flat, he sure was the chief of the bay despite some fifty Cranes and tens of Greylag geese present. In the avian hierarchy, mass rules. Simple.

Fantsnäs, mid September.

On the move

September 23, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

On the move

While there may not seem to be a whole lot of movement in this image, these juvenile Ruffs are very much on the go. Migrating from their area of birth among the wetlands in the north, they stop along the way, spending their days in a foraging frenzy to bulk up before they head to Africa. It´s 30 000 km one way, and yes, their parents left some months ago. Let’s hope their genetical GPS is in order.

Fantsnäs, mid September.

Arktika

May 26, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Arktika

They come in thousands, millions even. Barnacle geese, Brant geese, Long-tailed Ducks, Common scoters and Loons, among others. They’re in a hurry, and they are very, very determined: to get to the tundra and breed during the brief Arctic summer. In the fall, they will return more quietly, but next spring the magical race is on again.

Storkobban, late May

Hungry

March 18, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Hungry

Voles come and go in cycles. With a life expectancy of about 6 months and very efficient breeding, the variation is significant. Right now, we´re seeing the bottom of a cycle. So who cares? Well, this Great Grey owl may care. He´s travelled far from the North all the way to Helsinki looking for food. With insufficient nutrition he may not breed this year, which means less owls, which means more voles, which means . . . well, you get it. Hungry or not, he looks kinda cool.

Stansvik, early March

Color therapy

December 9, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Color therapy

At this time of the year, it´s mostly about greys and whites. And, if by chance, the sun would happen to pop out for a moment, we might get some orange and yellows. But not much blues around, and certainly no green. Which is, of course, irrelevant because you´re all indoors surfing the web anyway. So here´s today´s virtual therapy session.

Naturally, these also serve as birthday flowers for my little sister!

Långholmen, late June.

Winter is coming

November 26, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Winter is coming

It can´t be easy being a bird in Finland at this time of the year. Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures are forecast for the end of the week. Is this wigeon aware of that? Can he feel it coming? Will he leave ahead of the cold front? Or will he end up being lunch for the crows, who stand a much better chance of surviving whatever change in weather is coming.

Lauttasaari, late November

Dirty Dozen

November 18, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Dirty Dozen

This fall, about 500 000 migrating Barnacle Geese were seen resting at various locations in South-Eastern Finland. That´s half of the estimated total world population of 1 million. These guys are looking for a landing spot among 1000 of their peers, not long before sunset near the town of Lovisa.

And no, the birds are not particularly dirty. If, however, you found this post through a search word, well . . .

Lovisa, late September.

The Sentinel

November 5, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

The Sentinel

Wonder what this guy is thinking? “Nice view”? “Damn it´s cold”? “Why didn´t she call”? “What the heck is that guy doing with a camera on his knees by the pond”?

This image is btw taken exactly 1 nautical mile South of the Kolme Seppää -statue, generally considered the absolute heart of downtown Helsinki.

Uunisaari, November

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