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

9.11.2018 European Turtle Dove
Greater Scaup
Mallard (colour morph)
Great Crested Grebe
14.10.2018 Marsh Tit
12.10.2018 American Golden Plover
1.10.2018 European Turtle Dove
28.9.2018 Brant Goose
24.9.2018 Little Grebe
18.9.2018 European Golden Plover
Pectoral Sandpiper
5.9.2018 Barn Swallow
Reed Bunting
4.9.2018 Eurasian Jay
27.8.2018 Greylag Goose (colour morph)
Red-backed Shrike
26.8.2018 Red Knot
25.8.2018 Pallid Harrier
19.8.2018 Spotted Redshank
18.8.2018 Whooper Swan
2.8.2018 Bean Goose
Hooded Crow
29.7.2018 Bluethroat
Hooded Crow
17.7.2018 Common Moorhen

Species list      In English
Pictures of the month 2017
Species 2018   Bird names in English.
Updated: 9.11.2018
Butterflies and Moths
Updated: 28.10.2018