Bird, Butterfly, and Moth photos by Pekka Sarvela

This site contains pictures of birds photographed in Finland, documenting as many species as possible. The pages are in Finnish, but there is an English tool (list of species) to browse most of the pages. Mostly, I believe, there is no big harm, since there is the place and date of the photographs available. Only a few ones have additional text. If you like to scan the pictures, they are organized in the same order as the species list (excluding the species without a photograph).

The pages are optimized for a 1280 x 1024 screen size, with 100 % zoom. The reference browser is IE11. We have also tested with Firefox and Chrome. Some differencies occur - not however disturbing.

I have started digital photographing (digiscoping) occasionally 2004 continuing occasional until summer 2005. Since then I have had the camera with me always in birding trips.

Practically, all pictures have been taken with a pocket camera (Canon Ixus IIs/SX720HS or Olympus μ1010/μ9000/SH-21) through a telescope (Kowa TSN-821). Therefore, no comparison to pictures taken with system cameras should be done. Pictures are not digitally enhanced (not even sharpened or adjusted brightness unless explicitly mentioned). The only modification is to cut "unnecessary" parts out to improve viewing and to decrease file sizes. Some pictures are displayed in smaller size than original. In some cases also the original size is available (use link "Täysikokoinen kuva" or "Täysikokoiset kuvat" with the picture).

One principle has been to store at least one picture of each species every year, no matter how poor they are. Of course, poor pictures will be replaced as better ones are taken.

This site is targeted to both local and internet use. Some links are used only locally. They are marked black (they are in Finnish, and therefore no limitation to a viewer in English).

If you find an error, or like to comment, send me e-mail into (to avoid spam mail, the address is modified - do not copy the address, but write yourself).

Use "Species list" link in right to enter the site. I hope that the site is enjoyable despite of the lack of English guidance.

Last added

10.3.2019 Snow Bunting
Greylag Goose
Greylag Goose x Canada Goose
8.3.2019 Eurasian Eagle Owl
6.3.2019 Three-toed Woodpecker
5.3.2019 European Robin
4.3.2019 Great Grey Owl
3.3.2019 Water Rail
House Mouse
23.2.2019 Coal Tit
22.2.2019 Great Grey Shrike
21.2.2019 House Sparrow
17.2.2019 Nutcracker
16.2.2019 Common Kingfisher
Art by frost
15.2.2019 Great Grey Owl
4.2.2019 Rook
3.2.2019 Hawfinch
2.2.2019 Song Thrush
Common Bullfinch
Reed Bunting
White-throated Dipper
1.2.2019 Grey-headed Woodpecker
27.1.2019 White-backed Woodpecker
Grey-headed Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
26.1.2019 Bohemian Waxwing
3.1.2019 Common Kingfisher
Eurasian Jay

Species list      In English
Pictures of the month 2019
Species 2019   Bird names in English.
Updated: 10.3.2019
Butterflies and Moths
Updated: 1.3.2019