4th - 11th June 2016
This fairly intensive week is designed to give us the best opportunity for finding lots of owls and aguably two of the most sort-after predators in Northern Europe. With the help of our local guides we have a very good chance of locating these normally 'hard to find' species around their home territories.
During our time in Finland and with the exceptionally long days we will be making full use of the daylight (within reason!). We shall visit flooded forests looking specialist Arctic breeding waders, iconic passerines such as Red-flanked Bluetail, Greenish Warbler and Rustic Bunting. We shall also be visiting 'leks' of Black Grouse and Capercaillie hoping to see their incredible courtships as well as Hazelhen - the ultimate 'Taiga Forest' skulker!.
N.B. each year there are certain fluctuations in population size within these key species and no guarantees can be made of success for any particular species. However we are confident of success with most targets.
Our focus slightly changes now with our last few in the Kontiovaara region, hoping to see two of their great predators - Wolverine and European Brown Bear. Nights will be spent in excellent purpose-built hides where carrion has been specifically put out for them on a daily basis so these opportunistic hunters know where to find a tasty meal. During our three visits we have a very good chance of seeing and even photographing these sought-after mammals along with the possibility of European Elk, Red Fox and even Golden Eagle looking for an easy meal - you never know your luck!
European Flying Squirrel as frequent these vast forests but it depends year on year as to whether there are any reliable and accessible resting holes, which we can visit at dusk to see them leave on their nocturnal forays - this rare mammal is by no means guaranteed!
This is not to be missed