Bohemian Rhapsody

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist… or more properly Finland, part duex!

For those of you still with me after last time’s rather text heavy post (sorry about that), well done! As a reward, I’m going to try to make this one a little lighter on the exposition.

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Northern Finland has some really special birds. This winter I watched frustrated from the sidelines during the UK  invasion of Bohemian Waxwings; doggedly sticking  to my guns with my own British Owls project.  It was a thrill therefore to finally catch up with this species on a couple of occasions during our trip. They really are stunning birds, don’t you agree?

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These last two shots are of a slightly inebriated Waxwing that appeared to have overdone it a little on the fermented fruit on which it was feeding.

The next shot is of a Siberian Jay, a real ‘birders’ bird and one I know my dad will love, so this one’s for him. Shy birds of the forest, I just love those pastel colours in its plummage. The reflected light from the snow really helps show them off I think.

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One of our other targets for the trip were Boreal owls, but they eluded us on this occasion. Our travels served up so many unexpected delights it really didn’t matter.

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In Oulanka National Park, we came across a stretch of river fringed by snow and ice that was the home to a number of pairs of Dippers. I counted at least ten.

These Dippers are black-bellied, a Scandinavian cousin of our own native, chesnut-bellied variety.  That said this little cracker does occasionally turn up on these shores as a British rarity.

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Small- in- the frame isn’t usually to my taste. On this occasion though I deliberately composed the  image in this way to get some  context and sense of this winter wonderland habitat.

It was a truly magical place and whilst the rest of the group moved on to another site to try for Siberian Jay (my own image coming on a stint on my own with our guide the previous day when we were coming back from looking for owls) I stayed on, spending an idyllic afternoon there watching the Dippers flitting  up and down the river as they went about their day-to-day business.

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The final images were actually taken on the first day of the trip. Black Grouse in the morning, Golden and White-tailed Sea Eagles in the afternoon. Simply marvellous. Could it get much better than this?

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Well yes,actually it could. But more of that next time in the final part of my trilogy of blog entries on the trip. Hopefully, in terms of a climax, it’ll be less ‘Return of the Jedi’ and more ‘Toy story 3′ satisfying!

Thanks as always for looking and see you in a week : )

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