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    Posted: 02 April 2024 at 22:31
On Easter Monday afternoon I decided to try doing some birding. I chose to head to Kallahdenniemi in Vuosaari as I thought this cape could provide a good location to observe some of the earliest sea birds. So after reasonably short bicycle ride and some bike pushing since I chose to take a route that was still partially covered by snow and ice, I arrived my destination in Kallahti beach.

Despite that the days had been quite warm (although today the weather again took a turn back to much colder temperatures), I was bit surprised the sea wasn't more free from the ice yet.

1. Quite a lot of ice still floating around


2. But at least there was some birds around


3. Black-headed gull (Larus ridibundus


4. Great cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo)


5. Black-headed gull


6. White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) making an overflight


After spending a while on the beach, I moved to the head of the cape to see if I could get a better look into the sea from there.

7. Canada geese (Branta canadiencies) and goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula) plus mammal of the day: a grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)


Since the seal was pretty far away, it was time to dig the 2× teleconverter from the backpack...

8. Although the seal was still bit too far away to get a very good picture


Actually, a fellow birder with a fieldscope told that even further away there was couple more seals, but a heat haze was starting to be a problem with subjects further away. But at least you could still photograph birds that were closer to you:

9. Mute swan (Cygnus olor) in flight


10. Flock of Eurasian oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus)


(I have to mention, that oystercatchers were one major reason I chose this destination since I had seen information about that somebody had seen one there earlier)

11. Canada geese flying


12. Goldeneye in flight


13. Mute swan


14. Goosander (Mergus merganser)


15. Great black-backed gulls (Larus marinus)


16. Aurinkolahti still had a solid ice cover


Eventually I decided to head back towards home, although at one point I was thinking about that already little earlier since the CFExpress cards in my α1 got filled up and when I started to dig up spare cards, I noticed the card holder wasn't in the backpack! But after some card swapping between cameras and I was able to continue. When I finally started my ride back, I met another fellow birder at the beach car park and after quickly swapping information about bird (and seal) observations, I learned that I could photograph one more bird species on my way back:

17. Tawny owl (Strix aluco) resting inside a chimney of an old villa


Thanks for looking and as usual any questions and comments are welcome. Most of the photos taken with α1 + Sony FE 5.6-6.3/200-600 G OSS without or with a teleconverter (2×: #8 & #11, 1.4×: #17), except #16 which was taken with α7R V + Sony FE 4/24-105 G OSS (+ H&Y CPL filter).
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2024 at 07:22
Entertaining series with #5 as the best for me. For many viewers 17 images may be too much. TFS Heikki
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As Michele said an entertaining series.
Some of the photos seem a little soft though.
Maybe because they are a little dark.
Anyway I like the flying swan (#10) and the Oystercatchers (#11) and the tawny owl (#17) of course
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You had a good trip, seal, oystercatchers, owl! That does seem like a lot of ice, but I haven't been there for a winter LOL. How much snow did you have to push the bike through? The worst is when the base is frozen, so it's slippery....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2024 at 17:56
Originally posted by 4paul 4paul wrote:

You had a good trip, seal, oystercatchers, owl!
That owl has been residing thereabouts (and often specifically on that particular chimney) for some years already.
Originally posted by 4paul 4paul wrote:

That does seem like a lot of ice, but I haven't been there for a winter LOL.
In height of the winter there would have been sufficiently strong ice that you could walk (or ski or maybe skate if there is not much snow on top) on the ice. Although perhaps not too far from the coastline since a shipping lane is not that far away and it is kept open by fairly frequent traffic and if needed by icebreakers.
Originally posted by 4paul 4paul wrote:

How much snow did you have to push the bike through? The worst is when the base is frozen, so it's slippery....
There wasn't that much snow (maybe max 10 cm), but it was somewhat chunky slushy snow, so not really something I would dare to ride on my bike, which doesn't have winter tyres (and tyre width is also fairly narrow). Also the distance wasn't that long, maybe few hundred meters. Certainly much easier than what I had to endure on Saturday, when I also went on a bike trip and due to little navigation error I ended up taking route that also required pushing bike, but this time for something like kilometer (or more) and much of that was on a path that was used as a ski track earlier in the winter and there the remaining snow cover was packed with somewhat icy surface.
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Love from this series the flying swan in #9. Great catch.
And the owl is just cute, hiding in a chimney

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