Last memories from Denmark

I have in mind a retrospective on my year in Denmark, specially dedicated to birds, but before I can do that, I have to bring you the last pieces (which are not really dedicated to birds, though). We’re starting with a few churches, a visit to the Botanical Garden and one to the Cisterns.

Vor Frelsers Kirke

Vor Frelsers Kirke

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Birding & mosquitoes

Finnish word of the day: vene = boat

I have waited for this moment since I arrived in Denmark, it seems, almost a year ago, but here we are: I’m spending the summer in Helsinki. While I am looking for a job, I have plenty of time to go out and see things… yes, mostly birds of course 😉

After the concert of Black Sabbath, I spent a few days at Jaana’s mökki (what, you don’t remember what a mökki is? Hop, take a look!), where I saw a family of Black-throated divers (Gavia arctica) every day.

Valajärvi

Valajärvi

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Daytrip to Malmö

When Marci and Linda, my friends from Hungary, visited me in Copenhagen, we walked a lot in the city and saw many things. We also escaped to Malmö, on the other side of the Öresund, for a short sightseeing trip. On a sunny day, we took the bus to the Central Station, took a train to the airport, had our IDs checked there before getting into another train, had our IDs checked inside this very train when we reached Sweden, and finally emerged from the underground Central Station of Malmö under the blazing sun.

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Turning Torso

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Insects for lunch

After two days of adventures on our own (see the updated map), the last day in Bornholm was to be in good company: Alex’s stepfather had arranged a meeting with Mogens, a birder from the island. Our journey started in a farm in the south-east of the island: we met a small group of birders there, and the owner offered us a tour to see the rookery established for years in the trees behind the farm. We learnt many anecdotes there, with clear explanations given in English especially for me (thank you!). Rooks (Corvus frugilegus) nest there, but they leave for the winter, feeding on the coast of Bornholm.

After this interesting morning, we drove to Svaneke (I was still behind the wheel), where Mogens offered us a generous lunch. I tasted some delicious marinated herring from Christiansø. I will remember it for a long time! The most exciting thing at Mogens’ home, though, was the garden: in nesting boxes, I found a pair of Common starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) and a pair of Common redstarts (Phoenicurus phoenicurus).

Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

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Sunset in Søborg

Some news about me: I have finished my studies. I got my master, and I’m now back to Helsinki, the city I love, for some time. I’m looking for a job, but in the meantime, I enjoy the lovely weather and the gorgeous birds.
I’m very late and I have many pictures to show you. We start today with a sunset I saw next to where I live, in Copenhagen. Generally, sunsets with some clouds are the best, because, after disappearing under the horizon, the sun reflects under them in an explosion of colors. That day, I was afraid there would be too many clouds, and when I arrived on top of my favourite hill, the sun was hidden.

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