In conjunction with Natures Images, join Nikon Ambassador Richard Peters on a photographic workshop in the Finnish forests during the depths of winter. In this stunning frozen landscape you’ll visit a variety of regions, providing an opportunity to photograph the elaborate courtship ritual of displaying Black Grouse at their lek. And, with a crisp white snow cover on the ground this offers a truly beautiful setting to photograph the Grouse. The trip also offers opportunities to photograph hunting owls with the Hawk Owl and Great Grey Owl being the primary goals.
This trip features a very small group of only 5, which allows plenty of hands on time for tuition and photographic advice.
This is based on a twin room basis in a Scandanavian guest house and research centre. A single room suppliment is available upon request.
Eyes on the skies
We will also be exploring landscape opportunities of the northern forests, visting the wonderful Riisitunturi National Park, always being on the lookout for spectacular Northern Lights during evenings.
With a photographic guide on hand, any level of experience is welcome, with the aim being for you to end the trip having learned skills that you can apply on future shoots.
Walks to some of the hides can involve doing so in deep snow and up steep climbs. Generally these walks are no longer than 10 minutes in duration. Time spent in the hides can be up to 8 hours at a time so a good level of stamina is necessary along with appropriate cold weather clothing.
Each winter season is different so there are also alternative options to photograph the Golden Eagle which is a regular visitor, alongside Dippers fishing where ice has melted on nearby streams. Feeding stations are also in place for local specialities such as Siberian Jay and Siberian Tit.
Richard Peters is a Nikon Ambassador with a style that often favours dramatic light and contrast. He offers a relaxed, down-to-earth approach to his guiding and has won multiple international awards including twice in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is also one of the only British photographers to have recieved the accolade of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Day 1: Travel to Kussumo airport and transfer to our overnight base in Oulanka National Park.
Day 2/3: Hunting Boreal Owls, especially the hawk and Pygmy Owls, will be the priority and we will also visit the Riisitunturi National Park for spectacular landscape opportunities. Visiting a local stream to look for opportunities to photograph fishing black-bellied dippers and feeding stations for Siberian Jay and Siberian Tit will also be on the agenda. We will also look to spend at least one day here in the golden eagle hide which, in the snowy setting, offers beautiful photographic opportunities for those wishing to further target the species. Alongside the Golden Eagle, this hide also offers excellent opportunities for Black and Great Spotted Woodpecker too.
Day 4: Transfer to Utajarvi
Day 5/6: Our main target for the second part of the trip, in Utajarvi, is the spectacular Black Grouse courtship ritual at the traditional lek. Still a fairly common bird in northern Finland, we will spend three early mornings photographing the males as they perform their elaborate display. With a need to be in the hides before first light, each morning will require a very early start to arrive under cover of darkness. By 9am our session in the hides will have come to an end allowing us to spend the rest of the day looking for Great Grey and Hawk Owls in the Oulu region. Photographing these boreal owls can be hard to predict but our local guides will know what is working well and where.
Day 7: A final early morning session with the Black Grouse before departure to Oulu airport for our internal flight to Helsinki, to then catch our return flights back to the UK.
Please note: The nature of winter wildlife in countries like Finland means that although the general shape of the itinerary is fixed, the precise opportunities and in turn priorities/options on the ground can only be 100% finalised once the trip itself is running. The priority is displaying Black Grouse and hunting Boreal Owls so everything will be done to achieve this, however some years are distinctly better than others for overall success. The trip is designed to be sure there are plenty of alternative options for a rewarding photographic trip and experience, with plenty of good image opportunities, whatever happens.
PRICE & DATES
Date: 23rd - 29th March 2018 SOLD OUT
All accomodation in Finland
All local transport