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Birding (and other sightnings) in East Helsinki

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    Posted: 16 September 2020 at 19:41
This week started with fine autumn weather and since the autumn bird migration is in going on I decided to do some birding (and photography). So, on Monday I decided to head towards Vuosaari and I had idea to do some bird watching on the top of landfill hill there. But alas, already on my way biking there I spotted a "large worm" on the pathway:

1. Common European adder (Vipera berus)

α7R III + Sony FE 2.8/90 Macro G OSS @ 90 mm, f/8, 1/160 s, ISO 800

After I had left my bike on the foothill and continued to hike the steep slope towards the hill top, I spotted another "worm" on the path:

2. Goat moth (Cossus cossus) catepillar

α7R III + Sony FE 2.8/90 Macro G OSS @ 90 mm, f/8, 1/250 s, ISO 200

At the top I met few fellow bird watchers and started to look for migrating birds. There was some raptor migration, but sadly those marsh harriers and buzzards etc. did fly so far away that it made no sense to photograph those. Among the few other birds that flew closer to us was:

3. Late barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)

α7R IV + Sony FE 5.6-6.3/200-600 G OSS + 1.4 TC @ 840 mm, f/9, 1/1600 s, ISO 250

4. Young European herring gull (Larus argentatus)

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5. Local black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius)

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And scenery from the hill was decent too:

6. Clouds over Helsinki

α7R III + Sony FE 4/24-105 G OSS @ 24 mm, f/13, 1/400 s, ISO 125

After few hours of bird watching I headed home and again I spotted something interesting on the pathway:

7. Spanish slug (Arion vulgaris)

α7R III + Sony FE 2.8/90 Macro G OSS @ 90 mm, f/8, 1/160 s, ISO 640

8. Mean pest

α7R III + Sony FE 2.8/90 Macro G OSS @ 90 mm, f/8, 1/160 s, ISO 1250

Obviously since this slug is invasive species, this individual did not survive the encounter with me once I finished the photoshoot.

Since on Monday there was decent amount of (raptor) migration I wanted to continue bird watching next day and thought that the landfill hill in Myllypuro closer to my home would be nice spot to make observations. This time I even decided to bring my fieldscope. While walking to the hill I already spotted the first bird of prey:

9. Eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo)

Sony RX10 IV @ 220 mm (35 mm eqv. 600 mm), f/4, 1/1600 s, ISO 160

But that was not the omen to expect busy migration patterns, one of few sightings of any bird migration was:

10. Flock of cranes (Grus grus)

α7R IV + Sony FE 5.6-6.3/200-600 G OSS + 1.4 TC @ 840 mm, f/9, 1/1600 s, ISO 400

The poor quality of this picture (with quite heavy cropping) might give the hint that yes, those birds were faaaar away, without the fieldscope I couldn't even properly identify whether these were geese or cranes.

I had slightly more luck spotting some "steel birds", eg.

11. OH-CAY (Cessna 172P Skyhawk II)

α7R IV + Sony FE 5.6-6.3/200-600 G OSS + 1.4 TC @ 840 mm, f/9, 1/1000 s, ISO 320

And then there was some local birds too:

12. Northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)

α7R IV + Sony FE 5.6-6.3/200-600 G OSS + 1.4 TC @ 840 mm, f/9, 1/1600 s, ISO 1000

13. House sparrow (Passer domesticus)

α7R IV + Sony FE 5.6-6.3/200-600 G OSS + 1.4 TC @ 840 mm, f/10, 1/1000 s, ISO 1000

So eventually as I hadn't seen any significant bird migration (being the lone observer might have been one factor) I headed home and enroute met one bird watcher friend, who told that he was trying to look for short-toed snake eagle that had been seen from Vuosaari a moment ago and he had got message on that observation, but sadly neither of us saw that and according to next messages he got that bird had already continued to the west...
 



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That is a nice variety Heikki! I like the adder shot in particular.
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I like 9 and 13 the best, but 3 is quite a good pose and the bird's shape comes through quite nicely.
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A nice set of animals I seldomly see.
It won't take long to spot a kerosene-finch or a slug here, but the black woodpecker is high on my wish-list and seldomly seen. And the adder is great too.
Such a wide variety on your little trip
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 16:03
Originally posted by Dopol Dopol wrote:

A nice set of animals I seldomly see.
It won't take long to spot a kerosinbird or a slug here, but the black woodpecker is high on my wish-list and seldomly seen.
Here it is fairly common, but obviously not found everywhere and every day. Just remembered the Dutch bird database I learned about during my Texel trip few years ago and waarneming.nl black woodpecker observations might give you hints where you could start looking for one in The Netherlands.
Originally posted by Dopol Dopol wrote:

And the adder is great too.
Such a wide variety on your little trip
Two little trips to be exact: one little further from home to Vuosaari on Monday and the second one to Myllypuro closer to my home on Tuesday. And now I rememebered that I forgot to include one species I wanted to tell about that I saw on Tuesday:

Flying ants!

α7R IV + Sony FE 5.6-6.3/200-600 G OSS + 1.4 TC @ 547 mm, f/9, 1/1600 s, ISO 250

The picture probably gives a vague idea that there was swarm of dozens of these flying ants that few times pestered me.
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