27. huhtikuuta 2014

Isosaari fortress 26.4.2014

We have this annual recreation day at work (my first time but it sounds like annual) and this time my colleague arranged visit to Isosaari which is one of the most famous Finnish defence forces islands near Helsinki. Our taxi boat started little after 9am from Katajannokka and it took about 30 minutes to reach the island.

Eiders where everywhere.

Soon after we left from Katajannokka, we passed Suomenlinna.

Lost of sea ducks along our drive including Long-tailed Ducks, Eiders, some Mallards and one Black Guillemot.
First bird in the island i saw was Hobby, chased by Fieldfares. We dropped our bags and stuff in to old officer´s club and with our "tour leader" and one colleague who has worked there we started our walk around the island.
Nice looking place with lost of coniferous woods and rocky beaches.
When we came to islands South-East part i noticed different looking Eider in Common Eider flock and there it was. Long waited lifer King Eider!
I had only my 50mm lens with me so no pics this time. Also one migrating Black-throated Diver in same place. Other nice birds in the island was two Arctic Terns, eight Black Guillemots, Razor Bill, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Marsh Harrier and Black Woodpecker.
Here is some photos from the island.

Welcome sign. 

Old shooting range.

Island had also their own school in the past.

Kuivasaari is closest island.

Small lagoon.

We flushed female Eider and it had already five eggs.

Our Group sitting on big coastal gun.

Great views from maritime surveillance station. 

Great day continued in sauna and with some grilled sausage. Weather was almost unbelievable! Sun was shining all day and we had only small wing most of the day. Only when we left there was little western  blow which made our return trip little colder

It was little chilly. 

I must thank our guide whose name i can´t remember and especially Juha who arranged this trip. It was really worth every penny.
Also thank to Finnish Defence Forces for allowing us to visit the island. (Who knows, maybe they are reading my blog very passionately)


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