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. Currently the site is tested with Firefox, but also Edge and Chrome can be used. 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

19.6.2024 American Wigeon
18.6.2024 Mute Swan
Sand Martin
Arctic Tern
Yellow Wagtail
18.6.2024 White-throated Dipper
Grey Wagtail
Siberian Jay
Black-throated Loon
Horned Grebe
6.6.2024 Penduline Tit
3.6.2024 Sedge Warbler
Red-backed Flycatcher
Common Whitethroat
28.5.2024 Reed Warbler
Common Rosefinch
Barn Swallow
28.5.2024 Common Cuckoo
Winter Wren
14.5.2024 Bar-tailed Godwit
13.5.2024 European Nightjar
10.5.2024 Firecrest
Thrush Nightingale
8.5.2024 American Black Duck
7.5.2024 Arctic Tern
Common Eider
5.5.2024 Tree Pipit
Spotted Redshank
3.5.2024 Barn Swallow
30.4.2024 Common Tern
29.4.2024 Meadow Pipit

Species list      In English
Pictures of the month 2024
Species 2024   Bird names in English.
Updated: 19.6.2024
Butterflies and Moths
Updated: 20.6.2024