Finnature forest feeder hide in situated in Liminka (close to Oulu in Finland). We are feeding in this site from 15th September until 15th of May and we have been feeding birds at this site for more than 10 years. There are two comfortable caravan hides for hire and it is possible to sleep in the hides.
During the feeding season we have e.g. Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, White-tailed Eagle, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nutcracker, Jay, Yellowhammer, Bullfinch, Crested-, Willow-, Blue- and Great Tits visiting the site. We have some photogenic branches for smaller birds too. Also there are Red Squirrels and Roe Deer visiting the site. European Lynx has been occasional visitor at the site too!
The real speciality of this place is Eurasian Eagle Owls – which are visiting the feeding site during the night time. There are strobe led lights and it is possible to photograph these large owls even in flight. There is no need to use flashes here. We are feeding Owls on top of the platform so you are shooting the birds eyelevel and the distance to the background is long. Platform is decorated so it looks natural. During the daytime Goshawk visit on the same platform.
Close to the hides we have set some trees for smaller and larger birds to perch. For Eagle Owls and Goshawks 400- 600mm lens is recommended. Place is called forest feeder but it is actually in small field surrounded by forest, so there is plenty of natural light coming and the background is distant, so you get beautiful bokeh in to the images. Snow fall looks beautiful against the dark background.
We have two comfortable heated caravan hides here with office chairs, bunk beds and urinals & toilet seats. Motion sensor will wake up sleeping photographers when Eagle Owl will arrive.
Hide 1. Caravan hide – max 3 persons
Hide 2. Caravan hide – max 4 persons
Operating times: 15th September – 15th May
You will be able to enter to the hide 1/2 hour before the sunset and you are aloud to leave the hide after sunrise. You might want to stay in the hide 24 hours until the next photography session will start (so departure latest 1/2 hour before the sunset).
Groupsize: 1- 7 photographers
300 € / 1 photography session for one person
500 € / 2 photography sessions (2 sessions for one person or 1 session for two persons in the same hide)
600 € / 3 photography sessions (3 sessions for one person or 1 session for three persons in the same hide)
Photography session = 24 hours from the sunset to sunset. Price will stay the same even if you would like to leave in the morning after sunrise.
Hide has to be paid when you book it but you have to book the dates from our office.
This is very special photography experience!
Please have a look at some photos taken from these hides: