Willow ptarmigan in winter plumage

This bird has somewhat complicated name in English (maybe only for me), the willow ptarmigan, also know as willow grouse or red grouse (Lagopus lagopus, riekko in Finnish). The bird is shown in it’s white winter plumage. The black throat and the red wattles over the eyes are the very distinct.

This Thursday Twitters post is a blast from the past. I took these images on mid May 1982 in Naruska in Finnish Lapland (roughly here). Still plenty of snow still at that time of the year there. A suitable post for the last days of the year.

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I probably used then Tamron 70-210mm,  which produced quite satisfactory images. (The scanning quality of the slides could be better though.) These birds seem to trust their white color so much that you can often quite easily approach them also with a shorter lense.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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A tree in December (it’s Christmas today)

A tree during christmas time, though not a spruce.

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Merry Christmas to all my followers!


A daily countdown to Christmas, with eight photo posts, some are more, some are less “Christmas-like”. All pictures taken during this December.
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The time for giving and sharing (1 day for Christmas)

Helsinki, Aleksanterinkatu, the main shopping street during December. Some of us are doing well, some are less lucky.

The Finns might find similarities with the work of Kari, the icon for political cartoonist in Finland. His drawing was published 62 years ago. The design of the christmas lights in Aleksanterinkatu is still the same – and maybe the message of the drawing also …

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Helsinki, 12 December 2016


A daily countdown to Christmas, with eight photo posts, some are more, some are less “Christmas-like”. All pictures taken during this December.
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A wet Merry-go-round (2 days to Christmas)

Merry-go-rounds are fundamental for European Christmas Markets. So in Tallinn, Estonia as well.

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Tallinn Christmas market merry-go-round, 8 December 2016


A daily countdown to Christmas, with eight photo posts, some are more, some are less “Christmas-like”. All pictures taken during this December.
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The bird with a red hat (3 days to Christmas)

Could it be so that the Common redpoll (Carduelis flammea, urpiainen in Finnish) is the bird of Christmas? For me it is. Just look at it’s head.

A group of these small lively birds landed next to our home just two days ago. They were eating leftovers from the bird feeders and bathing in small puddles (the last days have been warm and wet, no snow anymore).

(For photo techies: I took this picture with Canon 5D Mk4, Canon 100-400 + Sigma’s 1.4x converter. The very pleasing thing  is how little digital noise there is though I used ISO 12800!)

So this is a combined Thursday Twitters and Countdown to Christmas post. 🙂

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Common redpoll (Carduelis flammea) in Mäntsälä, Finland, 20 December 2016

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.

A daily countdown to Christmas, with eight photo posts, some are more, some are less “Christmas-like”. All pictures taken during this December.
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It’s time for hot glögg (4 days to Christmas)

You might call it mulled wine or Glühwein but hear in Nordic countries and Estonia it is glögg. Enjoy!

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Tallinn Christmas market 8 December 2016


A daily countdown to Christmas, with eight photo posts, some are more, some are less “Christmas-like”. All pictures taken during this December.
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In Mrs. Claus’ shop (5 days to Christmas)

Without decorations there will be no Christmas. And who would be a better shop keeper than Mrs. Claus.

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Tallinn’s Christmas Market, 8 December 2016


A daily countdown to Christmas, with eight photo posts, some are more, some are less “Christmas-like”. All pictures taken during this December.
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