Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)



Monday 16th of July 2018 and I wake up around 4 o'clock. It had been cool during the night so I could eat my chocolate bar. A gorgeous morning, but no wildlife between 4 and 7 o'clock in the morning. I walked back to the lodge for my breakfast and I had a quick “power nap”

A very short “power nap” and I packed my bags and I was on my way to Wildlife Safaris Finland, about 1 hour away from Wild Brown Bear.

Wild Brown Bear - Kuhmo, Finland
04:10 and I wake up in my hide

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I drive to Kuhmo to look for a Supermarket. I bought 3 chocolate bars for the nights in the bear hides. I bought some Finish black bread and they didn't had any MAX I left Kuhmo and I drove back towards the Russian border

I followed the highway and not a house in sight, just wilderness, well, it have been wilderness since I have left Oulu on the way to Wild Brown Bear. Forest and forest and then the small town Kuhmo Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikkawith the supermarket and then forest again.

I drive through the wilderness on a paved road and I turn left reaching a gravel road taking me out to the middle of nowhere. No indication on if I was on the right way or not so I was happy to have the GPS.

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

Suddenly I reach an intersection and there was a sign saying “Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka” so I was on the right path. I continued for 200 meters and I spotted Base Camp Kuikka. I parked the car on the gravel area in front of the lodge/ cantina.

There is a man coming towards the car and he say “welcome” when I open the door. He must have thought that I was crazy as I just threw myself out of the car screaming“woodpecker” I had spotted a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the tree next to the car.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major, Större hackspett

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major, Större hackspett
Great Spotted Woodpecker / Större hackspett

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major, Större hackspett
Great Spotted Woodpecker / Större hackspett

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major, Större hackspett
Great Spotted Woodpecker / Större hackspett

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major, Större hackspett
Great Spotted Woodpecker / Större hackspett

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major, Större hackspett
Great Spotted Woodpecker / Större hackspett

I had paid to have my own room and in the lodge they only had dormitories. So I would stay in his parents’ house. He explained the way and I left the lodge to go look for the house. It was kind of easy to find, the only house in the area.

I got my room and it looked like they had a few rooms on the second floor. It was a nice room with private bathroom and I was very happy with the room. I returned to the lodge, we will leave for the hide at 5 o'clock. And I had seen many nice birds around the lodge so I wanted to go try my luck with my camera.

Took me 5 minutes or so to drive back to the lodge/ cantina. Dinner at 4 and we will leave for the hide at 5 o'clock. And at this place we will leave in a van. The hide is quite far away and in the middle of the “NO GO ZONE” at the border between Finland and Russia.

I parked the car on the gravel area and I was soon running in to a Bullfinch. A bird I remember from when I was a child, and I remember it as a small bird, but it was a big bird. And I also remember when I was a child, we had some lessons about animals or nature or something. I was 8 or 9 years old and the teacher was talking about migratory birds flying south in the autumn to escape the winter.

Anyway, I asked the Teacher about the Bullfinch
- What about the Bullfinch? You only see them in the winter, are they moving in the summer?
Stupid question? Well, I don't know, you only saw them at the bird feeder during the winter and on Christmas cards. But she told me that the Bullfinch just moved out in the forest, during the winter there is no food in the forest and they come to eat at the bird feeder.

Eurasian Bullfinch, Common bullfinch, bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula, Domherre

Eurasian Bullfinch, Common bullfinch, bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula, Domherre
Eurasian Bullfinch / Domherre

Eurasian Bullfinch, Common bullfinch, bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula, Domherre
Eurasian Bullfinch / Domherre

Eurasian Bullfinch, Common bullfinch, bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula, Domherre
Female Eurasian Bullfinch / Domherre


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Nu e d dags för val igen. Inte vill vi väl rösta på dom som styrt dom senaste 20 åren. Sverige är bara skit och allt bra kommer från utlandet! Det är Svenskarna som ska integreras i det nya Sverige! Beställ valsedlar nu!! Vi måste få ett slut på eländet! Valsedlar kan beställas HÄR

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Anyway, I spot the Bullfinch outside the cantina and I get a few pictures before I get for dinner. Excellent dinner and I meet the other guests.

A couple from Denmark and a guy from USA and 2 more people. We wait for another guest but this is a NO SHOW and we leave for the hide in the van.

We will go to an area they call the “paradise” and we have to drive through the “NO GO ZONE” to reach the hides. The other guest goes in to a big hide, but I have my own hide. About the same size as the hides at Wild Brown Bear in Kuhmo. I prepared the hide and I was soon having a bear approaching. We had seen the bear already when we arrived with the van when the bear was sneaking around in the forest.

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka
The first bear sneaking around the forest

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

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Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka
Juvenile eagle

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka
Juvenile eagle

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka
Juvenile eagle

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka
Juvenile eagle and a raven

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka
Juvenile eagle and a raven

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka
Juvenile eagle and a raven

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka


Listen to the Northern Raven / Korp

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder. High pass filter in Audacity

Sitting in a hide looking for brown bears and I heard this strange sound.

It almost sounded like a bell

I had never heard this call before and I had to ask what kind of bird it was.


www.xeno-canto.org


Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka


Listen to the Northern Raven / Korp

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder. High pass filter in Audacity

Sitting in a hide looking for brown bears and there were many ravens


www.xeno-canto.org

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka


Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

Wildlife Safaris Finland - Base Camp Kuikka

I stayed up to midnight and I went to bed. I had seen 5 different bears during the night plus more Ravens than I could count. A juvenile eagle, but too far away for any good pictures. No Wolfs or Wolverines, but I have 2 more nights so I will Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st hopefully get some luck.

Click HERE to find out what I find tomorrow.



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