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 browser window, with 100 % zoom. The reference browser is IE/Edge. We have also tested with Firefox and Chrome. Some differencies occur - not however disturbing. The site is not adjusted for mobile phones. It can be used, but is difficult.

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

30.5.2023 Great Reed Warbler
River Warbler
Broad-billed Sandpiper
28.5.2023 Lesser Black-backed Gull
Black Woodpecker
24.5.2023 Common Whitethroat
Yellow Wagtail
22.5.2023 Black Tern
22.5.2023 Thrush Nightingale
Temminck's Stint
Northern Sholever
21.5.2023 Common Sandpiper
Black-throated Loon
17.5.2023 Red-breasted Flycatcher
Common Eider
14.5.2023 Sedge Warbler
Common Rosefinch
13.5.2023 Black-throated Loon
Red-breasted Merganser
Black Woodpecker
10.5.2023 Common Tern
Temminck's Stint
7.-9.5.2023 Ruff
Wood Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
5.5.2023 Eurasian Wryneck
White Stork
4.5.2023 White Stork
3.5.2023 Whinchat
1.5.2023 Red Fox and little fox
Wood Sandpiper
Northern Sholever
30.4.2023 Gadwall

Species list      In English
Pictures of the month 2023
Species 2023   Bird names in English.
Updated: 30.5.2023
Butterflies and Moths
Updated: 31.5.2023