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

20.1.2018 Common Pheasant
Common Merganser
Arctic Redpoll
19.1.2018 Meadow Pipit
18.1.2018 Great Grey Owl
15.1.2018 White Wagtail
14.1.2018 Eagle Owl
European Nuthatch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
12.1.2018 Rough-legged Buzzard
11.1.2018 Brambling
Arctic Redpoll
10.1.2018 Great Grey Owl
7.1.2018 Hawfinch
6.1.2018 House Sparrow
5.1.2018 Great Grey Owl
3.1.2018 Eurasian Treecreeper
1.1.2018 Black Redstart (Eastern)
Song Thrush
29.12.2017 Black Redstart (Eastern)
29.12.2017 Black Redstart (Eastern)
Three-toed Woodpecker
19.12.2017 Purple Sandpiper
2.12.2017 Blackbird
White-backed Woodpecker
26.11.2017 Eurasian Treecreeper
25.11.2017 Least Weasel
16.11.2017 Pygmy Owl
Parrot Crossbill
13.11.2017 Eurasian Jay

Species list      In English
Pictures of the month 2017
Species 2018   Bird names in English.
Updated: 20.1.2018
Butterflies and Moths
Updated: 21.12.2017