Friday, 2 July 2010

Postcard from Lapland

Late June saw me trekking and camping in Lapland (Northern Sweden), within the Arctic Circle. Although Sarek National Park is notorious for its hungry mozzies, the near-zero temperatures and heavy snow storms kept them at bay during my visit!
Bird-wise, it was a very eventful trip: dive-bombed by nesting Long-tailed Skuas (whose parental care also involved emptying their bowels on any intruders!); kept awake during the 24h daylight by an over-enthusiastic cuckoo; and inadvertently settling up camp within feet of a Bluethroats nest; just to name a few!
PS. While there were lots of reindeer in the valleys and marshlands, there was no sign of Santa.

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