The other day we tried something we have never done before. We went bird watching. Not that we recognised many with our equipment and knowledge but we enjoyed every moment enormously.
The meadow serving as pastureland for cattle by which you walk to this wetland was most lovely to look at. The cows were feeding on the other side of the bay, too far for my camera to catch. Not to mention the lonely deer hubby spotted crossing the field through his binoculars. But there were birds singing everywhere. Dozens, if not hundreds of swallows were waltzing and diving back and forth all the time. The concert and air show was marvellous.
We spent quite a while in the bird-watching tower admiring the wetland and the Friskala bay. There used to be a boardwalk at about where the bay and the meadow meet but it was recently removed because of the disturbance passers-by were found to cause to the birdlife nesting in this area. The supports can still be seen sticking out of the wetland.
Friskala is one of the nature reserves in our new home town. It is located on and by the island of Hirvensalo, another of the country-like suburbs connected by a bridge to mainland Turku. I am sure we will return here many a time, perhaps one day with a lens serious enough for some amateur shots of birds, too.