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

2.10.2023 Ruff
1.10.2023 Brant Goose
27.9.2023 Great Snipe
20.9.2023 Grey Plover
19.9.2023 Red-throated Pipit
Barnacle Goose
12.9.2023 Whinchat
Pipit Which one?
11.9.2023 Meadow Pipit
5.9.2023 Ruddy Turnstone
4.9.2023 Bearded Reedling
Great Cormorant
29.8.2023 Caspian Gull
Common Raven
Black-throated Loon
Whooper Swan
28.8.2023 Little Stint
20.8.2023 Caspian Gull
White Egret
9.8.2023 Mandarin Duck
Great Ringed Plover
8.8.2023 Spotted Redshank
6.8.2023 Common Snipe
Green Sandpiper
5.8.2023 Common Shelduck
Greylag Goose
2.8.2023 European Golden Plover
2.8.2023 Yellow Wagtail
15.7.2023 European Serin
4.7.2023 Black-tailed Godwit
Northern Wheatear
2.7.2023 Kuusamo 10. - 18.6.2023

Species list      In English
Pictures of the month 2023
Species 2023   Bird names in English.
Updated: 1.10.2023
Butterflies and Moths
Updated: 27.9.2023