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

12.5.2021 Wryneck
Sedge Warbler
Common Tern
11.5.2021 Northern Wheatear
9.5.2021 Redwing
7.5.2021 Osprey
6.5.2021 Eurasian Wigeon
5.5.2021 White Wagtail
4.5.2021 Bar-headed Goose
2.5.2021 Ring Ouzel
Black-throated Loon
28.4.2021 Northern Lapwing
Meadow Pipit
Stock Dove
27.4.2021 Hoopoe
26.4.2021 Oystercatcher
Northern Sholever
25.4.2021 Capercaillie
Red-necked Grebe
Common Crane
15.4.2021 Mandarin Duck
Black Redstart
13.4.2021 Horned Grebe
12.4.2021 Smew
Northern Eagle Owl
King Eider
11.4.2021 Common Eider
8.4.2021 Long-tailed Duck
7.4.2021 Reed Bunting
Little Ringed Plover

Species list      In English
Pictures of the month 2021
Species 2021   Bird names in English.
Updated: 12.5.2021
Butterflies and Moths
Updated: 5.5.2021