LA FOTO 

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Ogni anno i grandi gufi grigi migrano dalla regioni settentrionali a quelle merifionali della Finlandia, dove sono più abbondanti i piccoli roditori. Nell’inverno 2013 si è verificata un’eccezionale migrazione: gli uccelli erano confidenti e predavano anche durante le ore del giorno, consentendo scatti eccezionali.
Every year the great grey owls migrate from Northern Finland to Southern Finland. I have often dreamed to take good pictures of great grey owl. Such an opportunity was arranged for me winter 2013. In this case, the owls had a great migration. The owls were confident and so was been possibile realize excellent images.

L’AUTORE 

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Ho 52 anni e sono padre di quattro fragazzi. La mia grande passione è la fotografia della natura: una passione che ho trasmesso anche ai miei figli, che come me partecipano ai più importanti concorsi fotografici internazionali. La nostra famiglia vive a Kouvola, una bella cittadina nella Finlandia orientale. Abbiamo una natura molto bella e unica in Finlandia. La nostra famiglia ha una bella tradizione: al compimento del decimo anno di età i nostri figli ricevono in dono una fotocamera reflex digitale. Oggi realizzo molti dei miei viaggi fotografici insieme ai miei figli. I miei soggetti preferiti sono i mammiferi e gli uccelli, soprattutto i rapaci e i picchi. Il mio soggetto preferito è sempre stato, tuttavia, il grande e misterioso gufo grigio, che seguo ogni anno nelle sue migrazioni dal nord al sud della Finlandia.
My name is Jari Heikkinen. I’m a 52 year old father of four children. My passion is nature photography. All our four children hobbies also nature photography. I and my four children have been very successful in international nature photography competitions. Our youngest daughter, Liina, also succeed well in this year Oasis competition. Our family live in Kouvola.  Kouvola is about 90 000 inhabitants, the city in Eastern Finland. We have very beautiful and unique nature in Finland.
I have photographed nature over 35 years. I have taught all of my four children to know and describe the nature. Our family has a tradition that all children have got a good digital SLR camera when they have had 10-year birthday.
For many years I and my four children have made a nice and unique nature trips in Finland. We have seen and experienced some great things and took great pictures on these nature trips.
My most popular photographic subjects are birds and mammals. In winter, I take pictures in forest hide. The subjects are prey birds like Golden Eagle and Goshawk. The other subjects in wintry forest are Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker and many various of Tits.
Many years I have often dreamed to take good pictures of Great Grey Owl. Such an opportunity was arranged for me winter 2013. In this case, The Owls have a great migration. In Northern Finland there was very bad food situation. In Southern Finland had plenty of food. The Owls came into sight of the people and they prey during the day. I think, that the Great Grey Owl is a very beautiful bird. Owl has big eyes and a very mystical look.
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