Whooper Swans leaving Finnish Lapland

Whooper Swans leaving Finnish Lapland

 

We are leaving Norway. We visited this lovely country with it’s autumn colors in early October and we are leaving with snow cover everywhere. The trip was long, from Tromsø to Enontekiö, about 4 hours according to our GPS, but we spent about 7 hours in the road due to a blizzard near Kilpisjärvi.

After crossing Kilpisjärvi we stopped for rest near a frozen lake. The weather was better to the other side of the Finnish mountains. It was bitter cold, near -12C, temperatures we were not accustomed, but with no wind chills it was bearable to stay for about an hour outside to eat something and stretch for a while.

Suddenly, everything was magic: a pale sun with no power to warm us, giving us the signal that winter is finally here, a complete silence. You could not hear anything, no birds singing, no animals moving, only a car every hour or so breaking the complete silence. And then, we could here them: a flock of Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus), the last migratory birds in the area, were leaving for warmer places, going south. In this silent place the sound of them was absolutely amazing (http://www.xeno-canto.org/169299). Something to remember for life!

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