Last weekend I was hiking in Oulanka National Park in Finland to enjoy the autumn colors and rugged landscapes. It is one of the most popular parks, so you can hardly see any wildlife there.
But one friend the wilderness traveller has: siberian jay (Perisoreus infaustus, kuukkeli in Finnish). This fearless bird comes to camp sites and might even take some food from one’s hand. Three, four jays came to eat ground meat somebody has carried to lure the birds.
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The second set of pictures are older, from a skiing trip to Saariselkä and Urho Kekkonen National Park. There the jays came to eat our bread, sitting next to us on the bench. One can hardly get better lunch company.
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