Finland: 22/04/14 – Day 6

Woke up this morning to wolves! It pottered around for a bit, disappeared came back, got chased off by a bear they came back once the bears had gone but then got chased off again. But we did get to see 2 wolves! It was amazing. I could still see them walking around the parameter of the swamp, staying the trees. The bears finished off the remains and also left.

We got picked up, went back to the centre and had breakfast, showered and packed ready to leave for the station to go to Rovaniemi.

The drive was nice, I love looking out the window at the scenery there really is lots of trees! We sat in the station and waited for the train (people cross the train tracks to get to the next platform, I thought this was quite bizarre!) The first train was nice so was the second it was a double decker which is a first I’ve seen for a train! The view was nice out the window, I’m not sure why but it reminds me of Canada (not that I have ever been, just watch tons of Heartland!). Finland have these cute little houses with panelling, mostly in the middle of nowhere. When we got off the train at Rovaniemi it was quite bitter, no snow, and didn’t looked like what I had imagined. We found the guesthouse and walked into town to find somewhere to eat for dinner.

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Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) and Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)

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Finland: 21/04/14 – Day 5

It’s freezing in the hide this morning, I am currently watching out the window – there is nothing apart from gulls and ravens….oh and one wagtail 🙂

We got picked up and drove back to the centre, we dropped our bags off and went over for breakfast. Whilst eating breakfast Kari (the professional photographer) spotted a wolverine in the trees near the yard! It moved around a bit and then tried to get into some feed bags near a shed, which was rather amusing watching it tug away. On the way out from breakfast it was still there so managed to get a closer look! We sat outside for awhile to see if it would come back, when we had our cameras. It didn’t come back, but I did managed to get a blurry blob of a creature taken on my phone.

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Afterwards we napped, went on a walk to the lake, came back and sat by the bird area where we saw a brambling, great spotted woodpecker and a red squirrel. We then had lunch and headed out for the hide for the night!

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Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

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Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

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Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

We waited quite awhile then the bears came! yay, the light was beautiful so I was rather chuffed! 🙂 Whilst waiting for the bears I did a bit of biding and saw white wagtail, green sandpiper and lapwing.

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Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

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Yellowhammer (Emberiza citronella)

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White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

The three bears stayed till dark which in when we went to sleep.

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Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)

Penetrating Stare

Penetrating Stare

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Doe, a deer, a female deer

Doe, a deer, a female deer

Yesterday I went to Windsor Great Park to photograph the deer. The first group I saw were near the boundary fence to keep the deer in, so I walked over to it to get a few shots as they were … Continue reading

An early rise: The Sequel

Yesterday I decided to get up early again and search for the foxes. However I was out the house 15 minutes later than last week and didn’t see a fox at all down the park. I wandered around for quite a while and didn’t have much look. I did however see the two local herons on the same pond. As I started heading back I was thinking to myself ‘I haven’t even heard the woodpecker this morning’ and a few seconds later I heard the woodpecker. Happy I continued to walk back taking the path that lead to the local woods, as I was wondering if the deer would make an appearance this morning instead.

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Once I arrived in the woods I took my usual path, leading to wear I have seen the deer graze before. Whilst walking I drifted off into a world of my own I was thinking again ‘Mmm wonder if there is foxes and badgers in here two’ and as if to answer part of my question I saw a fox run out of the bushes where I last saw the deer (this would also answer my other question of the dead deer the dog keeps finding parts off to bury). Anyway once I reached the bottom of the path there was a sign saying ‘Warning forestry operations in process’. ‘Great’ I thought to myself that’s probably scared the deer off. I didn’t find the deer, I did however spot a buzzard which is the first time I’ve saw one near me and often wondered why I’ve never saw one.  I also heard the cuckoo and saw a chair in a tree(it was tempting to climb up and sit in it but I decided against it).

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I carried on walking meeting friendly dog walkers and walkers along the way. I decided to take a different path back as I had a visual idea in my head at where it would come out. The path then split off into 3 different ways, I explored the first two which came to dead ends but head loads of strange birds sounds but couldn’t see any of them. I then went back and continued my walk. About 40 minutes later I arrived home covered in fly bites.

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P.S believe it not I got scared by cats hiding in the bushes twice! Those darn kitties.

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An early rise

This morning I awoke to the sound of the dawn chorus under full swing, I chucked on some clothes set my camera up and was out the door at 4.30am with a rather suspicious dog looking at me as if to say ‘Excuse me, where do you think you’re going at this time of the morning young lady’. The reason for my awaking at this time, was to find the local foxes. I’ve seen foxes over the years just at the bottom on my road, just managing to catch a glimpse of them run off into the darkness.

So I set off at a brisk walk down the little path at the bottom of the street and walked in the direction of the park, I took the path that led down to the pond. Stood and looked at the geese and ducks (I kicked myself for doing this), I heard a loud rustle behind me and as I spun round I caught set of a little red bushy tail scurrying out a bush. I thought to myself ‘Typical that may well be the only fox I see this morning and I was too busy looking at the flipping geese which I look at all the time’. I walked back up the hill which lead to the main path and looked into the wooded area and there the fox was rolling round in the leaves. After taking a few pictures I glanced down at my camera and when I looked back up the fox had disappeared. I carried on walking spotting a great spotted woodpecker along the way.

About 15 minutes later whilst taking a picture of a blackbird I heard another loud rustle. I walked over a little bridge and hid behind some bushes and poked my head round the corner and there was another fox. There was a few moments of eye contact a quick snap and she fled. I turned round at this point only to find another fox sitting watching me and the other fox. I moved to a curb and put my 1.4x extender on the 300mm lens and set off again. I came across some squirrels which in actual fact I thought they were a cat stuck up a tree, when I looked up I was surprised. At this point I was seeing quite a few people walking to the station and walking their dogs, so I turned back the way I came. I was surprised once more to find another fox, much bigger than the others and not as flighty. The fox sat and I froze and looked and took some pictures. The foxed got up and started walking towards me, I was slightly shocked and looked for my nearest escape route, though I didn’t have to fear, he soon ran off up a path that led to some houses.

I couldn’t quite believe my luck this morning, I was thinking I’d be lucky to see one but 4. Wow. Seeing them in morning light, up close and not in the dark has made me realise how beautiful they actually are.
Anyway here are some pictures I took this morning, there not amazing but hey as far as first fox pictures go I wouldn’t say they are terrible. They can only get better right ?

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