Finland is a great destination if you want to find several of the species of owl that occur in Europe. However, given that most of Finland is covered either by forests or lakes, finding these owls is not an easy task!
Fortunately, help is at hand in the form of one-day guided excursions which are run by the Finnish birdwatching company Finnature.
During one such guided trip in early June this year, our excellent young guide Antti Peuna obviously knew that we were in the territory of a Eurasian Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium passerinum). He mimicked the owl’s call and almost instantly an irate male Pygmy-owl flew in like a rocket and landed on a branch just above Antti’s head!
One thing that I noticed whilst editing this photo was the impressive way in which the owl’s plumage blended in with the colour of the bark of the tree. I’m not entirely sure the owl took that into consideration at the time however!