Image of the Month
Sparring Black Grouse by Jari Peltomäki
Since our launch in August 2010, ORYX has strived to provide our clients with the ultimate photographic opportunities to the world’s most scenic and exciting wilderness areas. As part of this goal, we have carefully crafted our Finland Photographic Expedition, which is perfectly timed to capture truly breath-taking images of one of our primary photographic targets, the magnificent Black Grouse!
Besides being spectacular birds in their own right, it is the male’s awe-inspiring courtship display during early spring that makes them all the more desirable for photographers, as epitomized in this great image by Jari Peltomäki. This courtship behavior, known as lekking, begins soon after the long winter’s frigid embrace is finally broken and the large males begin to call, leap, dance and even spar in full view of specially placed photographic hides. At times, up to fifteen or more males compete for the chance to mate with a prospective female, and we will endeavor to capture some amazing images of this phenomenal spectacle of the natural world.
Aside from the grouse, other photographic targets include the mythical Wolverine, Brown Bear, Golden Eagle, various magnificent owls including Great Grey, Northern Hawk-, Eurasian Pygmy, Boreal and Ural, and a plethora of other Arctic wildlife.
Join ORYX’s award winning photographer and partner Jari Peltomäki on this not-to-be-missed European adventure. Our Finland Photographic Expedition is scheduled from 14 to 25 April 2014 (12 days, €4,975 per person sharing) and there are currently still spaces available.
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