|The beautiful log cabin at Era Eero|
There is a small hide for birds with seed infront of the house and I tried that for an hour before the Wolverine. Red Squirrel gave superb views along with many Siskin, several Northern Bullfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker but it was spoilt a bit by the snow flurries.
At Era Eero there are four hides overlooking adjacent areas, food, primarily fish, was thrown out as we were dropped off at the hide. Some is placed under concrete stones to stop the gulls getting at it. Three French photographers occupied the first two hides with me in the second and an American gentleman in the fourth.
We were dropped off around 16:00 and amazingly a Wolverine appeared right infront of my hide at around 17:15.
It soon ran off into the woods with a piece of fish and I sat down waiting for it to reappear with just the Common Gulls for company which also had clearly learnt where the food is. It, or possibly a second animal returned at 19:30 briefly then again at 19:45. I had a similar wait for another appearance at 20:30 then 21:30 and again at 21:45. It was still getting dusky at around 23:00 and getting lighter around 03:00 so when I had my last sighting at 02:30 it was really to dull for photography and they did not reappear before we were picked up at 08:00.
|Wolverine - no point in climbing a tree if your chased by one!|
Whilst talking over breakfast both the French and American were headed for the Boreal Wildlife Centre at Viiksimi. There were two habitats for the bears there; swamp and woodland and the swamp also offered the possibility of Wolf as well so I decided to head for Viiksimi as well.
|Boreal Wildlife Centre - accommodation and dining etc.|
|Food for bears|
I had decided on the swamp for my hide. There was a single large hide, with toilet and three smaller hides in slightly better position for photos but with a bucket. Fortunately I was by myself again with the three Frenchmen in two adjacent photo hides. It cost 150€ for the large hide and 180€ for the photo hides.
We arrived at the hides at 17:00 and Kari set out the fish. He had barely, excuse the pun, moved out of the way before a large adult Brown Bear meandered across the swamp, stopping right in front of me. I could have got a decent photo with the camera on my phone! He wandered around and crossed a muddy area to perch on a fallen tree stem before wading back in front of me and wandering off in the direction of the woodland hides.
|Brown Bear - adult male|
|You sink deep in to the mud if you weigh 300Kg|
|A younger male|
|female Brown Bear|