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The past winter was wet, dull, gloomy and windy, to the extreme, the worst ever I can remember. There were very few bright days and the much hoped for snowscapes and blue skies never appeared in the south. Northern Finland, on the contrary, has had record depths of snow and either it will end in a late spring or severe flooding. However, during the last days of March we suddenly got some snow in the far southwest followed by two sunny days, then the snow was gone. This was a situation I had been waiting for all winter: Clear blue skies, bright sun and pure white snow on the ground, reflecting the light back into space. During these two days I focused onWhite-tailed Eagles, which were around in fair numbers as this coincided with their spring migration. This is a bird familiar from before, a 10-year old male from a local breeding pair. S Finland, 1st of Apr 2020.

The past winter was wet, dull, gloomy and windy, to the extreme, the worst ever I can remember. There were very few bright days and the much hoped for snowscapes and blue skies never appeared in the south. Northern Finland, on the contrary, has had record depths of snow and either it will end in a late spring or severe flooding. However, during the last days of March we suddenly got some snow in the far southwest followed by two sunny days, then the snow was gone again. This was a situation I had been waiting for all winter: clear blue skies, bright sun and pure white snow on the ground, reflecting the light back into space. During these two days I focused on White-tailed Eagles, which were around in fair numbers as the blizzard coincided with their spring migration. The above bird is familiar to me from before, a now 10-year old male from a local breeding pair. S Finland, 1st of Apr 2020. I have also added some images to the gallery from a recent trip to Senegal, have a look.


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