End of January and the first week of February 2018 I joined 2 trips, organised by Finnature (www.finnature.com ). The first week was concentrated around the area of Kuusamo. The program contained both bird and landscape photography.
The program was called " Winter Wonderland", which was very well chosen, because they had huge amounts of snow (most over the past 30 years!).
The first day we spend in the Ruka area, starting with photographing Siberian Jay and later on,
Dippers, who were gathering in a river which, despite of the low temperatures, was not frozen.
Next day we went to a place close to Oulanka NP, to picture Golden Eagles out of a heated hide.
We could make photo's of Black and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Eurasian Jays and several species
of Tit, but failed to see Golden Eagles.
Next day we went to Oulanka National Park and hiked along the river.
Wednesday 31 of January we went back to the hides for a second attempt to picture Golden Eagles. That day we succeeded in taking a lot of photo's of these fantastic raptors!
And then, all of a sudden, a pair of Golden Eagles appeared....
To complete Winter Wonderland we had a fantastic day on February 1: the alien landscapes of Riisitunturi National Park and other similar area's in the neighbourhood.