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I spotted the white duck last year when I was in Helsinki in winter. I am pleased to say that the duck is still in the water at Toolonlahti and doing well and fitting in with the others.

white duck Helsinki

white duck Helsinki

White duck Helsinki

White duck Helsinki

People leave food for the ducks to get them through the winter.

Helsinki ducks

I saw a duck friend on my walk around Toolonlahti. The ducks ran to meet her and were happy with her offerings.

Helsinki ducks

Helsinki ducks

It seems a few ducks have learned that it OK to stay behind for the winter.

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It was a beautiful winter day in Helsinki yesterday. I came upon some lovely ducks enjoying the winter sun on my walk around Toolonlahti.

Ducks at Toolonlahti

Ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks T Toolonlahti

I don’t suppose the warm weather will last too long…enjoy it while you can.

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We travelled north of Helsinki in the depths of winter to Saariselka in Finnish Lapland. I loved the snowy trees.

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Click here, here, here and here to see more of gorgeous Saariselka.

 

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When I was in Helsinki in late December the whooper swan families were still swimming in the water at Toolonlahti. The young swans were beginning to grow their white feathers.

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Soon they will look like their beautiful parents.

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For more on these magnificent birds click here.

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White on white

I came upon these beautiful birds in the snow when we were in the north of Finland at Saariselka. I almost passed them as they were very well camouflaged.

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They look remarkably like our snowman.

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For more on our northern adventure click here, here, here, here, and here.

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Even though it wasn’t very warm on my last stop in Helsinki there were lots of gorgeous summer plants to see around the city.

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I hope there are some left when I go back in a few weeks.

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I never miss the chance to walk around Toolonlahti, whatever the weather. On my recent visit to Helsinki in summer the weather was less than perfect. It was cold and raining, but in a brief gap between showers I headed off on my walk and was rewarded with several beautiful bird sightings, including these gorgeous barnacle geese with their babies.

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I don’t know what the other birds are but they are very cute.

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This one decided to take a little nap.

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There was a lone duckling out for a swim.

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This one was tired too.

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There were a couple of swans on the water for the afternoon.

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It is great to see so much wildlife so close to a big city. The birds are quite tame and don’t seem at all bothered by people.

The next day the weather was better so I went back. There were no babies, I hope they were asleep in their nests. The adult birds were practising standing on one leg.

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Others were resting.

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And this one was preening.

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I hope those goslings were OK. I would like to see them on my next trip to Helsinki.

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