Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Siberian Tit in a blizzard


Our two sell-out, week-long back-to-back winter pho-tours to Finland and Arctic Norway proved yet again to be another huge success with some great subjects on offer. Our guest house feeding station in Lapland provided us with outstanding opportunities once again with the normally secretive Pine Grosbeak along with Siberian Jays, Siberian Tits, Common Redpolls and plenty of Arctic Redpolls. Continuing into northern Norway and basing ourselves in the Varanger region we concentrated primarily on seabirds and sea duck, with an emphasis on capturing the two 'rarer' Eiders - Kings and Steller's. Good weather allowed us to take full advantage of the sea conditions and we managed a couple of superb sessions in the new floating hides and undertook several boat trips to get in amongst the birds. Opportunities from the boats, hides and from land allowed our travellers to secure some stunning shots! We were also treated to some great Auroras and we took full advantage of photographing it. In 2014 we will run this holiday from 8 -15 March - all the details are here. As pioneers of this unique itinerary, the trip has always sold out since its inception so book early!