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Hi

This is a follow on from my previous post on photographing ruff in Arctic Norway in early June. For the trip we also hoped to photograph a range of other species so I thought I would I would post some more from our 10 day visit north of the Arctic circle. For those of you interested, all the photographs below were taken with a 1dx2 with a 600mm with and without the 1.4TC.

We started our journey by flying into Ivalo in Finland and then drove up to the Varanger Peninsula at the very north-east corner of Europe. En route through Lapland we stopped overnight at Kaamanen which has long running bird feeders around the back of this small motel and a great place to photograph Pine Grosbeak, together with Brambling, various Redpoll species, Siberian Tit and Red Squirrel.

#1 Male Pine Grosbeak
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Pine-Grosbeak-11-06-16-006.jpg

#2 Male Brambling. We have these birds visiting the UK in the winter but they do not look as good as this bird in its full summer colours.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Siberian-tit-11-06-16-016.jpg

#3 Siberian Tit. These are very hyperactive birds and this was the only one that paused for a moment to allow a photograph.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Siberian-Tit-11-06-16-008.jpg

We continued out journey northward to the Varanger peninsula and the rest of the photographs were taken there. These are in no particular order.

#4 and #5 Arctic Tern. It seemed fitting to photograph some of these elegant, long distance traveling terns in the Arctic. A combination of some dark clouds and late night sun produce some wonderful light to photograph these birds.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Arctic-Tern10-06-16-079.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/arctic-10-06-16-001.jpg

#6 Willow Grouse. The same as Red Grouse in the UK but with white body feathers. This one was photographed at 2:30am in the land of the midnight sun.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Willow-Grouse-07-06-16-005.jpg

#7 Red-throated Pipit. These were relatively common. The appearance of one of these birds in the UK would have bird watchers driving many miles to catch a glimpse of it.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Redthroated-pipit-05-06-16-023.jpg

#8 Lapland Bunting (Longspur). Feeding on the Bilberry amongst the short tundra vegetation.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Lapland-Bunting-06-06-16-060.jpg

#9 Male Snow Bunting in summer plumage. Having completely failed to find any of these birds on a trip to Iceland last year it was good to finally put one in front of the camera.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Snow-bunting-04-06-16-096.jpg

#10 Female Dotterel. These are one of those species where the females are more brightly coloured than the males. These have been a personal 'bogey' bird of mine having climbed several hills in the UK to try and photograph them on passage and always arriving just as they have departed.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Dotterel-10-06-16-002.jpg

#11 Red-throated Diver. We found a pair of birds on a small upland pool with the female having built a nest right next to the track.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/RT-Diver-10-06-16-009.jpg

#12 Blue-throat. Beautiful small birds. This one in full song on some willow scrub.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/bluethroat-10-06-16-001.jpg

#13 Northern race of Golden Plover. Its plaintive calls are so evocative of the barren, wild landscape.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Golden-Plover-06-06-16-061.jpg

#14 Temmnicks Stint. This tiny waders looks like a giant moth as it goes up from tundra in display flight accompanied by its shrill calls. This on was bracing itself against a harsh icy wind that was blowing down from the north.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Temmnicks-Stint-05-06-16-034.jpg

#15 and #16 Red-necked Phalarope. Sticking with the tiny wading birds, this species is relatively common. Here photographed under some midnight sun and amongst the waves whipped up on a small lake.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/RN-Phalarope-10-06-16-028.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Red-necked-Phalarope-05-06-16-012.jpg

#17Long-tailed Skua (long-tailed Jaeger). Hunkered down on the tundra during a shower.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Long-tailed-Skua-05-06-16-050.jpg

#18 Dark phase Arctic Skua (Parastic Jaeger). Feathers with attitude and one of the top predators on the tundra. No lemming is safe!
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Artici-Skua-09-06-16-052.jpg

I will finish off this post with a couple of mammals we encountered during our wanderings. The hotel we stayed in at Vadso was set on a small island connected to the mainland by a road bridge. On the island was a small population of Mountain Hare despite the lack of mountains. The scientific name for Mountain Hare is Lepus timidus. The name gives a clue that they are not easily approached. However, I spend a lot of time photographing hares in the UK and so managed to get quite a few photos after a bit of crawling around.

#19 and #20 Mountain Hare. Here in summer coat which turns white and much thicker during the winter. The second photo is a backlit hare against the midnight sun.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Mountain-Hare-07-06-16-005.jpg
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Mountain-hare-10-06-16-056.jpg

#21 and #22 Red Fox. My favourite mammal of the trip was this beautiful Red Fox that we encountered on the road out to Hamminberg which is an abandoned fishing village. This was in its summer coat so I can only image how it would look in the winter. These are currently subject to an active culling programme to try and aid recovery of the smaller Arctic Foxes.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/Red-Fox-09-06-16-031.jpg

Always slightly concerning when they walk over to you, stare you down and start licking their lips!
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k217/squidfish_2006/FM%20posts/fox-09-06-16-001.jpg

Hope you enjoyed the selection from the trip. Having spent the last two trips in the 'freezer' I have decided that next year's trip will be to somewhere warmer and just making arrangement for a trip to Spain in April.

Cheers

Rich



Oct 07, 2016 at 09:49 PM
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Super work Rich

Morris



Oct 07, 2016 at 10:39 PM
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These are all beauties. Great to see the varieties that I can't find in my part of the world. Thanks for posting.

Dave



Oct 07, 2016 at 11:03 PM
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This is a super set Richard ~ Ron


Oct 08, 2016 at 02:36 AM
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Nice variety - and thanks for the ID. Good to see something different.


Oct 08, 2016 at 02:58 AM
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Great variety of rarely seen birds, Rich. These are all well captured and presented. A very enjoyable set
Socrate



Oct 08, 2016 at 04:09 AM
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all are very nice Rich


Oct 08, 2016 at 08:11 AM
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Wonderful presentation!!! So many beauties captured.


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Wonderful group of images and a real treat to see birds from that part of the world.


Oct 08, 2016 at 01:33 PM
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Excellent images!


Oct 08, 2016 at 01:43 PM
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Many thanks for the comments. 😀


Oct 09, 2016 at 07:04 AM
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simply amazing, thanks for sharing so many birds never seen by me


Oct 09, 2016 at 09:27 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Arctic Finland and Norway Selection (22)


Awesome! The tern, backlit hare and fox images are exquisite!

Joshua



Oct 09, 2016 at 03:37 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Arctic Finland and Norway Selection (22)


Beautiful set Rich Well done, and explained!

Tracey



Oct 10, 2016 at 04:06 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Arctic Finland and Norway Selection (22)


Thanks. We just have the thrushes starting to arrive this week from Scandinavia to stay for the winter. I can hear redwing calling as they fly over tonight. Hopefully some will find their way in front of the camera 😀


Oct 10, 2016 at 09:15 PM







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