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 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

26.10.2021 Ural Owl
23.10.2021 Eurasian Sparrowhawk
21.10.2021 Brant Goose
White-fronted Goose
Barnacle Goose
Common Snipe
17.10.2021 Caspian Gull
Herring Gull
Mew Gull
16.10.2021 Brown Shrike
15.10.2021 Brown Shrike
4.10.2021 European Turtle Dove
13.9.2021 Pectoral Sandpiper
Eurasian Jay
7.9.2021 Common Pheasant
European Golden Plover
6.9.2021 Bluethroat
3.9.2021 Great Egret
1.9.2021 Hen Harrier
30.8.2021 Red-throated Pipit
26.8.2021 Common Starling
Tree Sparrow
23.8.2021 Mallard (colour morph)
Caspian Tern
Western Marsh Harrier
Wood Sandpiper
22.8.2021 Common Kestrel
18.8.2021 European Golden Plover
11.8.2021 Yellow Wagtail
9.8.2021 Lesser Black-backed Gull
Common Teal

Species list      In English
Pictures of the month 2021
Species 2021   Bird names in English.
Updated: 26.10.2021
Butterflies and Moths
Updated: 14.10.2021